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Usman Khawaja and Colin Munro put on an unbeaten 137-run stand in 60 balls

Usman Khawaja and Colin Munro put on an unbeaten 137-run stand in 60 balls

Colin Munro and Usman Khawaja powered Islamabad United's return to winning ways with a massive win against Quetta Gladiators, on Friday (June 12), chasing down the 134-run target in 10 overs. The left-handed duo took advantage of the dew and smashed an unbeaten 137-run stand on a wicket that seemed to have demons on it for the batters only an innings earlier when Quetta Gladiators crawled their way to 133 after being put in to bat.

Only four of the 11 batters who came to the crease managed to register double-digit scores for Quetta as Hasan Ali, Mohammad Wasim Jr and Muhammad Musa snared a brace each. Barring the fourth wicket-stand between Jake Weatherald - the highest scorer of the innings - and Azam Khan who stitched a 39-run stand off 5.1 overs, none of the batters managed to keep a partnership going.

Wasim put on another impressive display with the ball, banging the ball hard into the pitch, and troubling the batsmen on a surface where the ball held on at times, and zipped at others. He conceded only 12 runs from his quota of overs. Attempts to hit the lusty blows towards the end proved futile as wickets kept tumbling in that process.

Munro and Khawaja displayed no traces of fear when they walked out to bat, with the former unleashing in the opening over itself, cracking Naseem Shah for four boundaries and picking 19 from that. So confident he was with the nature of the surface that he regularly stepped out to the pacers. The assault unsettled the bowlers quickly and forced their lines to fall wayward. Khawaja brought up the half-century of the partnership off only the 16th ball of the chase, hooking Mohammad Hasnanin's short delivery over the fine leg fence.

In the following over, Khurram Shahzad, who had bowled the most economical over till that point, started out with back-to-back no-balls, and was put away for a boundary and a six. Having conceded 97 in the powerplay overs, there was no way back for Gladiators. Even as the flow of boundaries reduced thereafter, it only delayed the inevitable.

Munro was the aggressor of the two, pacing away to an unbeaten 36-ball 90, an innings that included 12 boundaries and five sixes. Khawaja may have seemed the dourer of the two, but he too rode comfortably through the course of his innings, knocking 41 off 27. The third win of the season not only propelled them to third place on the points table but also propelled them immensely on the Net Run Rate.

Quetta Gladiators, on the other hand, remain poorly placed at the bottom of the table with their fourth loss in five games this season.

Brief Scores: Quetta Gladiators 133 in 20 overs (Jake Weatherhald 43, Azam Khan 26; Mohammad Wasim Jr 2-12, Hasan Ali 2-24) lost to Islamabad United 137 for no loss in 10 overs (Colin Munro 90, Usman Khawaja 41) by 10 wickets.