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Munro scored 72* off 39 balls
Islamabad United picked up their second win in the Pakistan Super League over Quetta Gladiators in Karachi. After setting the Gladiators a massive 230 to win, the Gladiators fought until the end, but United had 43 runs too many as they bowled Quetta out for 186 in the final over on Thursday (February 3).
The Gladiators got off to a good start with their openers racing away to 54 off 35, giving them the perfect start in a steep chase. However, once that stand was broken, the slide couldn't be halted as United struck with timely wickets as skipper Shadab Khan ran through the middle order to return 5-28. Ahsan Ali fell for a 27-ball 50 as the middle order batsmen couldn't put on too many runs.
The falling wickets the runs became hard to come by and the run-rate began to mount. Mohammad Nawaz and James Faulkner then staged a counterattack and kept them in the hunt with a stand late down the order that fetched Quetta 76 runs in 32 balls, but as many as 70 were needed off the last 3 overs which was an ask too much in the end. Nawaz fell in the penultimate over for a 22-ball 47, while Faulkner was unbeaten on 30 off 14 balls.
After being asked to bat, United's openers got them off to a flier with Alex Hales and Paul Stirling adding 55 in 25 balls as the former fell in the fourth over. Stirling smashed seven fours and three sixes in a splendid 28-ball 58 to lay the platform for United to get a big score before falling in the eighth over with the total being 102. The breakthrough didn't cease the momentum, however, as Colin Munro and Azam Khan en route respective fifties were unrelenting.
Munro belted five sixes and three fours in his unbeaten 39-ball 71, while Azam had six sixes and two fours in his 35-ball 65 as the pair batted the Gladiators out of the game in their association that fetched United 93 runs in just 52 balls, taking them past 220. There was a period of lull between overs 15 and 19 when Quetta pulled things back giving away just 36, but the final over hurt them as 20 runs were conceded as Azam smashed Shahid Afridi for three sixes, leaving him with figures of 1-67 in his four overs as there was a switch in momentum again.
Brief scores: Islamabad United 229/4 in 20 overs (Paul Stirling 58, Colin Munro 72*, Azam Khan 65; Mohammad Nawaz 2-32) beat Quetta Gladiators 186 in 19.3 overs (Ahsan Ali 50, Mohammad Nawaz 47, James Faulkner 30*; Hasan Ali 2-50, Mohammad Wasim Jr 2-27, Shadab Khan 5-28) by 43 runs.