Quetta Gladiators won by 8 runs against Lahore Qalandars

Quetta Gladiators claimed their first win of the second Pakistan Super League (PSL) season by overcoming Lahore Qalandars by 8 runs at Dubai International Cricket Stadium yesterday. Playing against reigning champions Islamabad United, Qalandars first restricted the opponents within a gettable total of 158 and later on chased down the target easily with 6 wickets and 1.4 overs in hand.

Just a day after the tournament opener against Peshawar Zalmi, news filtered in that two of their players - Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif were provisionally suspended and sent back home by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), after the two were found to be in contact with a suspicious people from a match-fixing syndicate.

Islamabad United XI: Dwayne Smith, Brad Haddin, Shane Watson, Sam Billings, Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Imran Khalid, Shadab Khan, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Sami, Rumman Raees and Asif Ali. He played a quick-fire innings of 20 off 11 deliveries, setting the team on an explosive start along with England opener Jason Roy, but it wasn't enough to take the team to victory.

Despite the best efforts of Grant Elliott (26) and Narine (26), the target was down to 12 runs off 12 deliveries with the final wicket in hand.

Sohail Tanvir and Sunil Narine picked up one wicket each.

Young Qalandar Mohammad Irfan Jr impressed with his bowling against Quetta Gladiators.

New Zealand ace Brendon McCullum, playing for the first time in the PSL, will be asking more from his men, who had nearly aced the chase before being grounded by the Quetta slow bowlers. It was a record start in PSL as the over bore 21 runs. "I have to improve upon that and concentrate on how to stop the batsmen from hitting boundaries", he said.

  • Julie Sanders