PSL2: Birthday boy Sami hands United one-run Gladiators win

Reigning champions qualify for the tournament's play-off round

Murtaza Abbas February 24, 2017
Sami, who turned 36, gave away only three runs from final over and picked up the man of the match award for his heroics. PHOTO COURTESY: PSL

Reigning Pakistan Super League (PSL) champions Islamabad United won a nail-biting victory on Friday against Quetta Gladiators, courtesy pacer Mohammad Sami’s final over at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

With five runs required from last six deliveries by Gladiators, birthday boy Sami, who turned 36, gave away only three runs and picked up the man of the match award for his heroics. In the process, United also qualified for the PSL’s play-off round.

Quetta triumph in 15th match, beat Karachi by six wickets

Earlier, winning the toss and opting to bowl first, Gladiators had restricted United to 165 for the loss of six wickets, with medium fast-bowler Anwar Ali and spinner Zulfiqar Babar claiming two wickets each. Meanwhile, left-armer Hasan Khan and pacer Thisara Perera claimed one scalp apiece.

The first innings saw some marvellous batting from United, as batsman Hussain Talat scored a half-century on his PSL debut. He made 56 off 39 deliveries, whereas captain Misbahul Haq (25), wicketkeeper-batsman Brad Haddin (22), and all-rounder Shane Watson (29) all contributed towards the team’s total.

All-round Quetta beat Karachi by six wickets

In response, Gladiators were just one run shy of levelling the scores as they were confined to 164 for five in 20 overs, despite half-centuries from star batsmen Kevin Pietersen (69) and Ahmed Shehzad (59). On the other hand, lef-armers Mohammad Irfan and Rumman Raees, alongside Sami, claimed one wicket each.

QG 164-5 (20 overs)

RUN OUT! Anwar Ali departs.

Sami to bowl the last over.

QG 161-4 (19 overs)

Anwar Ali is the new batsman.

OUT! Sarfraz departs after getting caught off a poor shot.


QG 159-3 (18 overs)

FOUR! Rossouw smashes a boundary towards leg-side.

Sarfraz Ahmed replaces Shehzad.

OUT! Shehzad is caught at midwicket.

Rilee Rossouw is the new man in.


QG 149-2 (17 overs)

OUT! Shadab traps KP for leg-before.


QG 141-1 (16 overs)

FOUR! KP through the covers.

Shane Watson.

QG 131-1 (15 overs)

10 from the over.


QG 121-1 (14 overs)

SIX! Another one and KP brings up his 50.

SIX! KP hits it over midwicket rope.


QG 104-1 (13 overs)

50-up for Shehzad.


QG 101-1 (12 overs)

Two from the over.


QG 99-1 (11 overs)

FOUR! Another one from KP.

SIX! KP skies it high and over the midwicket rope.


QG 82-1 (10 overs)

There was a terrible mix-up between Shehzad and Pietersen, but the United fielders failed to capitalise.

FOUR! Shehzad cuts past point.


QG 71-1 (9 overs)

SIX! Shehzad smashes it out of the park.


QG 60-1 (8 overs)

FOUR! Pietersen clears the leg-side boundary.

Mohammad Sami.

QG 51-1 (7 overs)

FOUR! Pietersen plays a cut-shot to end the over.

Shadab Khan.

QG 44-1 (6 overs)

Five from the over.

Rumman Raees.

QG 39-1 (5 overs)

Eight from the over.


QG 31-1 (4 overs)

FOUR! KP finds midwicket boundary.

FOUR!x2 Back-to-back boundaries from Shehzad.


QG 18-1 (3 overs)

Kevin Pietersen is the new man in.

BOWLED! Irfan knocks off Asad Shafiq's stumps.


QG 14-0 (2 overs)

Five from the over.

Samuel Badree.

QG 9-0 (1 over)

FOUR! Shafiq pulls it for a boundary.

Ahmed Shehzad and Asad Shafiq open for Gladiators.

Mohammad Irfan to begin the bowling attack.

IU 165-6 (20 overs)

OUT! LBW and looks like it has injured Watson.

SIX! A pull shot from Watson.

SIX! Majestic hit by Watson over midwicket.

FOUR! Watson pushes it for a boundary.

Anwar Ali.

IU 147-5 (19 overs)

SIX! Shadab smashes it out of the ground.


IU 135-5 (18 overs)

Shadab Khan is the new batsman.

OUT! Misbah wanted another but is caught at midwicket boundary.

SIX! Misbah goes big.

FOUR! Watson pulls it towards boundary.

Anwar Ali.

IU 122-4 (17 overs)

Three from the over.


IU 119-4 (16 overs)

Shane Watson is the new man in.

OUT! Haddin tries for a big one but is caught by Anwar Ali at long-off.

Hasan Khan.

IU 111-3 (15 overs)

FOURx2! Back-to-back boundaries from Haddin.

Anwar Ali.

IU 97-3 (14 overs)

Six runs from the over.


IU 91-3 (13 overs)

FOUR! Haddin finds the midwicket boundary.


IU 82-3 (12 overs)

Five from the over.


IU 77-3 (11 overs)

Haddin is the new batsman.

OUT! Big wicket for Gladiators as Talat falls.


IU 74-2 (10 overs)

FOUR! Another boundary from Talat.

SIX! And it's 50 for Hussain Talat.

Hasan Khan.

IU 63-2 (9 overs)

Four runs from the over.

Misbah is the new man in for United.

OUT! Rafatullah skies it high and the third man takes a comfortable catch.

Perera joins the bowling attack.

IU 59-1 (8 overs)

Five from the over.

Hasan Khan.

IU 54-1 (7 overs)

SIX! Talat goes for a boundary over covers.

FOUR! A cut-stroke from Talat.


IU 41-1 (6 overs)

Another FOUR from Talat.

FOUR! Talat goes down on one knee and smashes a boundary.

Hasan Khan. 

IU 30-1 (5 overs)

DROPPED! The fielder fumbled a lot trying to hold on to it, but luck didn't favour him.

FOUR! Talat capitalises on the missing first slip.

Anwar Ali brings in some pace.

IU 23-1 (4 overs)

SIX! Rafatullah ends the over with a huge boundary over the bowler's head.

Mohammad Nawaz is the new spinner to join the attack.

IU 14-1 (3 overs)

A few close-call singles from the over.


IU 10-1 (2 overs)

FOUR! Towards the off side from Talat.

Another top edge but it lands in no man's land. Talat survives.

Mahmudullah to try his off-spin.

IU 4-1 (1 over)

FOUR! A sweep shot to end the over on a high.

Hussain Talat is the new man in.

OUT! Smith skied it high and it was an easy catch in the end for Nawaz.

Dwayne Smith and Rafatullah opening for United.

Zulfiqar Babar bowls the first over.



Asad Shafiq, Ahmed Shehzad, Kevin Pietersen, Rilee Rossouw, Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Mahmudullah, Thisara Perera, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Khan, Anwar Ali, Zulfiqar Babar.


Smith, Ratafullah, Haddin, Misbah (c), Watson, Shadab, Talat, Sami, Irfan, Raees, Badree.

Toss: Sarfraz Ahmed wins toss and elects to field.


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