Billings made victory easy for United against Quetta Gladiators

by Toqui Tahmid | Posted on Sunday, February 19th, 2017 | 0

After three days gap, in 15th February, 2017 PSL 2 competitions has started again where Quetta Gladiators faced the current champion Islamabad United. In that match, Quetta made no competition but scored 148 runs by losing six wickets. In return, United reached the destination in 19.1 overs where Sam Billings played an amazing innings. He scored unbeaten 78 runs and made the victory easy for the current champion of PSL. Through the match, Islamabad played total three matches in this tournament and managed two victory so far. On the other hand, Quetta also won twice matches out of three matches in this tournament. However, Quetta and United were the two finalists in last season of Pakistan Super League where United beat them by six wickets. So, here was a chance for Quetta to make a revenge but failed completely. This two giants will play just one more match against each other in this season of PSL before entering the playoff rounds which will be executed in 24th February, 2017.

Earlier at 15th February, 2017, Islamabad United won the toss and decided to field first. This was the first match to be hosted at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah in this season of PSL. So, the field nature remained unknown to the teams. But, it was proved later that chasing is quite easier here than bat first. Quetta also had the number of talented batsmen in their squad and also made a good start with their openers Asad Shafiq and Shehzad. The partnership was broken in 35 runs when Shehzad was out by Sami. Later, Pietersen and Rossouw followed him without making a minimum score. Excluding Asad Shafiq who scored highest 45 runs, no players made a big score. At last, the Tigers batsman Mahmudullah stood for while and scored unbeaten 29 runs. Finally, Quetta finished their tour with 148 runs.

United started to chase well enough but Nawaz made a breakthrough who took Smith in 39 runs. Later, Haddin and Misbah were got out too early as well. Later, Billings who was one of the two opener made a partnership with Watson and both of them took the game at winning position when Watson was out with his 36 runs and Asif Ali was following him as well. So, United lost five wickets and took 2nd victory in this tournament against Quetta. Sam Billings was announced as the player of the match due to his brilliant 78 runs innings.

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