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SHARJAH – Islamabad United defeated Quetta Gladiators by 5 wickets in the 7th match of the second edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) here on Wednesday at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah.

Islamabad United won the toss and opted to bowl against Quetta Gladiators in the first encounter at Sharjah.

Batting first, Quetta Gladiators set a target of 149 runs as Asad Shafiq managed to score 45 runs giving a fine start to Quetta accompanied by Ahmed Shehzad who managed to bag 26 runs. Pietersen got out on the very first delivery apparently disappointing his fans who were looking forward to a massive score through his bat.

Later Mahmudullah and Perera took the crease and scored 29 and 27 runs respectively setting a reasonable target of 149 runs. Quetta lost 6 wickets in its innings.

On the other hand, a star-studded Islamabad United looked in great form and restricted the Quetta Gladiators with Watson and Sami each sending two players to the pavilion.

Islamabad United clinched the target in the last over with Shane Watson scoring a crucial 36 runs and Misbah a mere 10 runs.

The match started at 09:00 PM Pakistan time, which corresponds to 08:00 PM Indian time, 05:00 GMT and 08:00 PM according to UAE time.

Where to watch: All matches will air on PTV Sports and Ten Sports. Similarly, cricket enthusiasts of the world can catch live action on MENA – OSN, Africa – Startimes, Bangladesh – Gazi TV, UK – A plus, channel 44, Prime TV, Geo TV, Caribbean – Flow TV, USA – A Plus, Afghanistan – Moby.

Islamabad United : Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Shane Watson, Steven Finn, Mohammad Irfan, Samuel Badree, Mohammad Sami, Brad Haddin, Sam Billings, Hussain Talat, Amad Butt, Dwayne Smith, Ben Duckkett, Shadab Khan, Zohaib Khan, Saeed Ajmal, Imran Khalid, Asif Ali, Rumman Raees, Syed Muzammil Shah.

Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif, provisionally suspended batsmen of United reached Lahore on Wednesday to submit their official statements to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) regarding corruption allegations against them. However, both the batsmen denied the allegations against them.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had also suspended the duo from central contract.

Meanwhile, left-handed opener Nasir Jamshed was arrested on Tuesday by Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) alongside a bookie. According to the representative of the NCA, both men have been released on bail and asked to report to the agency in April.

Quetta Gladiators : Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Umar Gul, Asad Shafiq, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Nawaz, Kevin Pietersen, Luke Wright, Rilee Rossouw, Mahmudullah Riyad, Anwar Ali, Tymal Mills, Hassan Khan, Nathan McCullum, Thisara Perera, Bismillah Khan, Mir Hamza, Zulfiqar Babar, Saad Nasim, Umar Amin, Noor Wali.