Dark horses Quetta stepped one foot in the play-offs with a comfortable seven wicket win over fancied Islamabad in the double-header which also saw Karachi losing their third match by a mere three runs in the Pakistan Super League on Thursday.
It was another display of disciplined and mature cricket by Quetta outfiot who belied many pre-tournament opinions by winning four of their five matches.
Newly arrived New Zealand allroudner Grant Elliott made his presence felt with 3-25 while Zulfiqar Babar and Aizaz Cheema grabbed two wickets apiece as Islamabad were folded for 117 in 19.1 overs.
Quetta too had lost their key batsmen Luke Wright (five) and Kevin Pietersen for a first balls duck — both off Russell but discarded opener Ahmed Shehzad (41 off 31 balls with five fours and a six) and skipper Sarfraz Ahmed (51 not out off 39 balls with six hits to the ropes ) put on 59 runs for the third wicket to assure the win.
Ahmed saw off the match in style as the target was chased with 3.5 overs to spare.
Peshawar Zalmi also have one foot in the play-offs while Islamabad have three losses and two wisn and Karachi and Lahore are in the relegation zone with one win each from the four games.
Islamabad looked out of sorts ever since Sarfraz Ahmed sent them in, losing wickets at regular intervals. They lost Sharjeel Khan for two and then Brad Haddin for 15.
Watson kept one end going by smashing three boundaries and as many sixes off just 28 balls but other than the Australian only Imran Khalid (18), Andre Russell and Saeed Ajmal (10 each) showed some fight.