The final of the inaugural Pakistan Super League is here and Quetta Gladiators are ready to take on Islamabad United.
The two teams have come through the league stage and play-offs to fight for the ultimate prize; the coveted ‘Shooting Star’ trophy and a prize money of $500,000.
Meanwhile, the runners-up will bag a prize money of $200,000.
Head-to-head, Sarfraz Ahmed-led Quetta side have beaten Misbahul Haq’s Islamabad twice in the league stage. Will they be able to repeat the script? Or is Islamabad going to come out victorious when it really matters.
Both teams will have only one thing in mind when they walk into the stadium today; to play their hearts out and to fight for nothing less than everything.
QUE 33-1 (5 overs)
Six runs off the first five balls. KP faces the last ball by Sami… Only a single taken.
Right-arm pacer Muhammad Sami brought on to operate by Misbah.
QUE 26-1 (4 overs)
FOUR! Shehzad repeating the script. Two steps forward and clearly struck past mid-off.
FOUR! Shehzad dances forward and goes relatively straight past the mid-off fielder.
Samuel Badree with his leg-spin now.
QUE 14-1 (3 overs)
Irfan displaying some aggression against KP. Throws it right back at him as KP charges forward for a straight drive. KP smiles back!
SIX! Irfan? Who Irfan? KP pulls a short ball over square leg.
QUE 5-1 (2 overs)
Four runs off the over only. No boundary off the first two overs and this if the final. Pressure on Quetta for the time being.
Left-arm spinner Imran Khalid shares the new ball with Irfan.
QUE 1-1 (1 over)
OUT! Edged and Brad Haddin dives to his right. Quetta lose their first, Islamabad strike in the first over. Bismillah Khan departs for a duck as Kevin Pietersen walks in.
Ahmed Shehzad is going to to open the innings with Bismillah Khan. Muhammad Irfan has the new ball. Its the final of the PSL. Nerves for everyone. Sarfraz Ahmed can be seen reciting the holy Quran on the sidelines. Everything comes down to this match for both teams.