Quetta Gladiators continued their blazing begin to PSL 2019 as they stormed to their third straight win, defeating Multan Sultans by eight wickets in Sharjah on Wednesday.
Chasing 161 for victory, Quetta opener Shane Watson bought his second straight fifty of the season (61 off 40 balls) whereas Rilee Rossouw completed the sport off with 67 from 45 balls because the desk toppers reached house in 18.three overs.
Quetta restricted Multan to 160-9 with leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed making a gift of simply 22 runs in his 4 overs. Shoaib Malik performed a captain’s knock for Multan, hitting 53 from 37 balls so as to add some impetus to the innings as no different batsman made extra than 30 towards a disciplined Quetta assault.
Leg-spinner Fawad (1-22) and left-arm seamer Sohail Tanvir (1-29) produced one more environment friendly effort with the ball to tie the Multan batsmen down on a real Sharjah pitch.
Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed proved his mastery within the T20 format as soon as once more, taking a detailed lbw DRS name towards the harmful trying opener James Vince (28 off 17 balls) and getting vindicated.
An important second of the match got here late within the first innings when dangerman Shahid Afridi was out for a golden duck, lbw towards Mohammad Irfan, as Multan have been diminished to 144-6 within the 18th over.
Within the chase, Quetta’s Australian opener Watson was in classic type as soon as towards as he cracked his second successive fifty, defying the struggles of most batsmen towards the difficult pitches and high quality bowling of the league.
Watson did the majority of the scoring as he raced to a half-century, with Rilee Rossouw doing properly to only give him firm.
As soon as Watson departed for 61, Rossouw took over and upped the scoring price. His unbeaten 67 ensured there have been no extra hiccups.
Multan Sultans: 160-9
Shoaib Malik: 53
Fawad Ahmed: 1-22
Quetta Gladiators: 161-2 in 18.three overs
Shane Watson: 61
Rilee Rossouw: 67*