Opener Dwayne Smith (73 in 51 Balls) and Aussie wicket keeper batsman Brad Haddin (61 in 39 Balls) helped Islamabad United to beat Quetta Gladiators by 6 wickets in the first-ever Pakistan Super League FINALE at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Tuesday night.
Islamabad United achieved the challenging target of 175 set by Quetta easily in the 19th over.
Captain of Islamabad United Misbah-ul-Haq, won the toss and chose to bowl first in the final of inaugural edition of Pakistan Super League earlier in the evening.
Speaking before the start, both the captains expressed their desire to win it for the people of Pakistan and revive the lost passion of cricket in the nation. Both added that the teams are unchanged in the all-important game Final of the Pakistan super League.
Meanwhile, Gladiators bowlers could no put a stop to the flow of runs throughout the Islamabad innings which disappointed Quetta fans.
Anwar, McCullum, Cheema and Zulfiqar Babar picked one wicket each for Gladiators.
In the first innings For Quetta Gladiatores, Ahmed Shehzad and great Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara also scored half-centuries to help Quetta Gladiators to reach 174 for the loss of 7 wickets.
Gladiators lost two wickets for 33 when Shehzad and Sangakkara changed the scene adding 87 from 56 balls Partenership for Gladiators for the third wicket. Shehzad scored 64 runs off 39, with 9 fours and a 6, th Islander scored 55 on 32, hitting 7 fours and two 6’s.
Kevin Pietersen with 18, Anwar Ali 13 and Grant Elliott with 12 were the other top scorers.
Andre Russell grabbed three wickets for 31 in four overs. Irfan took two while Badree and Mohammaf Sami shared a wicket each for Islamabad United.
In The Final, Chief guest UAE’s Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan shaked hands with players of the two teams before the match and the National anthems of United Arab Emirates and Pakistan were played on the occasion. Bilawal Zardari, and His sister Bakhtawar Zardari were also present on the ocassion.