Big-hitting Cutting propelled Gladiators to the summit

From our correspondent 

KARACHI: Australian allrounder Ben Cutting’s fiery 17-ball 42 not out guided holders Quetta Gladiators to their third win from four games when they overwhelmed former two-time winners Islamabad United by five wickets in a thrilling clash of the HBL PSL 2020 at the Pindi Stadium Rawalpindi on Thursday.

Cutting hammered four sixes and two fours in his swash-buckling knock as Gladiators chased the 188-run target with two balls to spare after losing five wickets in the process.

In the last over from Ammad Butt Gladiators required 11 runs and Cutting hammered two sixes off the third and fourth delivery from the medium pacer to bring in a sensational win for the Gladiators.

Gladiators needed 55 runs from 29 deliveries. And Ben along with Mohammad Nawaz (25*) put on 57 runs for the sixth wicket partnership to achieve the victory that put Gladiators on the top spot with six points.

Nawaz hit three fours from 20 balls.

Earlier England’s Jayson Roy hit 38-ball 50 with two sixes and six fours to set momentum. However after losing a few quick wickets skipper Sarfraz contributed valuable 20-ball 33 with five fours to keep his side in the hunt.

Ahmed Safi Abdullah (2-17 in 3 overs) and Faheem Ashraf (2-46 in 3 overs) were the successful bowlers.

After being invited to bat Colin Ingrim did a fine job with a 40-ball 63 not out to enable Islamabad United post a decent total of 187-7.

The South African smacked two sixes and six fours in his fine knock.

He added 76 runs for the fourth-wicket stand with skipper Shadab Khan who chipped in with a gritty 25-ball 39, having hit two sixes and three fours.

Naseem Shah (2-23) once again showed that he is also can bowl brilliantly in T20 cricket. England’s Tymil Mills also bowled with a solid line and length, capturing 2-34.

Sri Lanka’s Ranmore Martinesz and Tariq Rasheed supervised the match while former Sri Lanka’s opening batsman Roshan Mahanama served as match referee.