Rillee Rossouw’s magnificent 60 was the difference as Quetta Gladiators held their nerve to secure a narrow eight-run win over Lahore Qalandars in the 2017 Pakistan Super League encounter at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday. (India vs Bangladesh, day 3 live)
Lahore Qalandars won the toss and inserted Quetta Gladiators in to bat. Sohail Tanvir removed Ahmed Shehzad (5) while Mohammad Irfan got the big wicket of Kevin Pietersen (3). When Asad Shafiq (29) and Pakistan’s new ODI captain Sarfraz Ahmed (1) were snapped up by Sunil Narine, Quetta were reduced to 54/4 in 10 overs.
Rossouw held firm and revived the innings with Thisara Perea (12) but his 45-run stand with Hasan Khan gave a major boost to Quetta as they managed 136/9 after 20 overs. For Lahore, Irfan was the pick of the bowlers with 3/26 while Narine was the most economical with 2/16.
Chasing 137, Jason Roy and Brendon McCullum gave Lahore a fast start as they raced to 34/0 in three overs. However, Zulfiaqr Babar changed the course of the match when he bowled Roy for 27 and Brendon McCullum for 20.
This gave Quetta the momentum as they conceded just 28 runs from the next seven overs as the asking rate mounted. However, Grant Elliott and Sunil Narine struck some lusty blows to salvage the situation and their 40-run partnership had reduced the equation from 20 off 21 balls.
Mohammad Nawaz then bowled Elliott for 26 but Narine hit a six off the final ball of the 17th over to get the equation down to 13 off 18.
However, Tymal Mills changed the course of the match in the 18th over as he removed Sunil Narine for 26. Hasan Khan took the final wicket as Quetta Gladiators completed a stunning turnaround to register an eight-run win and take two points.
Quetta Gladiators take on Karachi Kings in their next encounter