Match 1 – Quetta Gladiators v Islamabad United

Islamabad – 168 All Out

  • Colin Munro – Out for a Golden Duck!
  • Luke Ronchi – Scored 23 from 13 balls
  • Dawid Malan – Scored 64 from 40
  • Hussain Talat – Scored 19 from 22
  • Colin Ingram – Scored 6 from 6
  • Asif Ali – Scored 19 from 13
  • Shadab Khan (c) – Scored 8 from 7
  • Faheem Ashraf – Scored 20 from 8
  • Amad Butt – Out for a Golden Duck
  • Muhammad Musa – Out for a 3rd ball Duck
  • Akif Javed – Not out 0

Quetta – 171 for 7

  • Jason Roy – Out for a second ball Duck
  • Shane Watson – Scored 15 from 12 balls
  • Ahmed Shehzad – Scored 7 from 11 balls
  • Sarfraz Ahmed (c) (wk) – Scored 21 from 18
  • Azam Khan – Scored 59 from 33
  • Mohammad Nawaz – Scored 23 from 13
  • Ben Cutting – Scored 22 from 12
  • Sohail Khan – Scored 14 from 9
  • Abdul Nasir – Not Out 1 from 2
  • Fawad Ahmed – Did Not Bat (DNB)
  • Mohammad Hasnain – DNB

Shadab won the toss for his team Quetta and elected to field, Colin Monro had the worst possible start while Nawaz, the man who got him out caught and bowled for a Golden Duck had the best start a bowler could wish for! Jason Roy befell a similar fate for Quetta, but he lasted for a 2nd ball Duck.

In batting terms Dawid Malan was the top performer for Islamabad with 64 from 40 balls and Azam Khan for Quetta with 59 from 33.

The Quetta bowlers restricted Islamabad well with Hasnain taking 4 for 25 in his 4 overs and Ben Cutting 3 for 31 in his 4. Musa was the best of the bowlers for Islamabad taking 3 for 30 in his 4 overs.

What all of these facts add up to is a win for Quetta by 3 wickets.

Match 2 – Karachi Kings v Peshawar Zalmi

Karachi Kings – 201 for 4

  • Babar Azam – Not Out 78 from 56 balls
  • Sharjeel Khan – 19 from 11
  • Cameron Delport – 20 from 16
  • Imad Wasim (c) – 50 from 30
  • Chadwick Walton – 9 from 6
  • Iftikhar Ahmed – 16 from 3
  • Mahammad Rizwan (w) – DNB
  • Umaid Asif – DNB
  • Amir Khan – DNB
  • Mohammad Amir – DNB
  • Chris Jordan – DNB
  • Arshad Iqbal – DNB

Peshawar Zalmi – 191 for 7

  • Tom Banton – 13 from 13 balls
  • Kamran Akmal (w) – 45 from 26
  • Haider Ali – 4 from 3
  • Shoaib Malik – 16 from 12
  • Liam Livingstone – Not Out 54 from 29
  • Liam Dawson – 22 from 16
  • Darren Sammy (c) – 30 from 20
  • Wahab Riaz – Out for a Golden Duck
  • Mohammad Mohsin – DNB
  • Hasan Ali – DNB
  • Rahat Ali – DNB

I am going to make my confession now, Karachi are my team So I was more than thrilled to see Babar excelling for his team, he finished on 78 not out, with Imad playing an important innings making 50 from 30 balls. Hasan took 2 of the 4 wickets but shipped 52 runs from his 4 overs.

In reply Peshawar fell to 81 for 4 in the 10th over, but the middle order of Dawson, Livingstone and Sammy gave their team a chance. Jordan and Asif took 2 wickets each. With Asif’s coming in the 20th over as Peshawar were closing in. The end result was a win for Karachi by 10 runs – Hooray!

Match 3 – Lahore Qalanders v Multan Sultans

Lahore – 138 for 8

  • Fakhar Zaman – 19 from 14 balls
  • Chris Lynn – 39 from 19
  • Ben Dunk – 3 from 5
  • Mohammad Hafeez – 14 from 22
  • Dane Vilas (w) – 19 from 14
  • Sohail Akhtar – 34 from 30
  • David Wiese – 3 from 5
  • Shaheen Afridi – 2 from 5
  • Haris Rauf – Out for a 5th ball Duck
  • Usman Shinwari – Not Out 0
  • Dilbar Hussain – DNB

Multan Sultans – 142 for 5

  • Shan Masood – 38 from 29 balls
  • James Vince – 18 from 9
  • Moeen Ali – 11 from 8
  • Rilee Rossouw – 32 from 28
  • Zeeshan Ashraf – 4 from 7
  • Khushadi Shah – Not Out 6 from 4
  • Shahid Afridi – Not Out 21 from 12
  • Imran Tahir – DNB
  • Mohammad Ilyas – DNB
  • Sohail Tanvir – DNB
  • Mohammad Irfan – DNB

Lahore started well making 59 for the first wicket as Chris Lynn one of the foremost T20 batsmen in the world did his thing, scoring 39 from 19 balls, giving the Lahore fans something to cheer. Things went a bit wrong after that. The next 2 wickets fell for just 4 runs, with Moeen despatching both Lynn and Fakhar in his first over. He finished with 2 for 13 from his 2 overs. Tahir took 2 for 21 from his 4.

In reply to what was a below par score Multan made the runs required with just under 4 overs and 5 wickets remaining.

Two very close games in the first 3 games, with Babar Azam taking my Star Man plaudit.

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