Mohammad Hasnain’s first four-wicket train and Azam Khan’s first half-century helped Quetta Gladiators begin their defense of the title by defeating three wickets against Islamabad United in HBL PSL 2020’s opening game at Karachi National Stadium.
Hasnain returned four for 25 in his four overs, which played a pivotal role in Islamabad United’s bowling for 168 in 19.1 overs after Quetta Gladiators captain Sarfaraz Ahmed chose the bowl.
The right arm pacemaker was supported by Ben Cutting and Sohail Khan, who took three and two gates, respectively.
With 64 runs from 40 balls, Dawid Malan, who scored five fours and three sixes, was the top scorer in Islamabad’s innings. Wicketkeeper-batsman Luke Ronchi, who opened the innings, had the second-best score of the innings (23 out of 13).
Quetta Gladiators chased the goal with nine balls when Azam, who only played his second T20, scored 59 out of 33 and struck five fours and three sixes.
The 21-year-old entered into an important 62-year partnership with his captain Sarfaraz (21 of 18) to help the gladiators recover from 26 for three.
Mohammad Nawaz and Cutting came in with 23 out of 13 and an undefeated 12 ball 22 in that order.
For Islamabad, Musa Khan, the Pakistani international, took three gates for 34 runs while bowling a virgin in his four overs. Akif Javed, Faheem Ashraf, and Amad Butt each took a wicket.
Hasnain has been named man of the game for his achievements with the ball.
On Friday, Karachi Kings will face Peshawar Zalmi at the National Stadium in Karachi, while Lahore Qalandars and Multan Sultans will block the horns at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
Islamabad United 168 all-out, 19.1 overs (Dawid Malan 64, Luke Ronchi 23, Faheem Ashraf 20; Mohammad Hasnain 4-25, Ben Cutting 3-31, Sohail Khan 2-21)
Quetta Gladiators 171-7, 18.3 overs (Azam Khan 59, Mohammad Nawaz 23, Ben Cutting 22 not out, Sarfaraz Ahmed 21; Mohammad Musa 3-30)
Result Quetta Gladiators won by three wickets