Magnificent Cutting hands Quetta Gladiators last over victory

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Rawalpindi: Ben Cutting finished off in style, struck two back to back sixes off Amad Butt in last over to help Quetta Gladiators clinch the ninth match of PSL 5 against Islamabad United by five wickets at Pindi Stadium on Thursday. 

Cutting kept his nerves calm after Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed left Gladiators tattering at 133-5. The right-handed batsman scored match-winning 42 off 17 balls laced with two boundaries and four sixes.

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11 runs needed off last over of Butt, Gladiators had Mohammad Nawaz on strike. The left-handed batsman, who scored 25 runs off 20 balls, missed the first ball which created immense pressure on the run-chasing side. A single on next ball gave a sigh of relief to Gladiators’ camp which had a firm belief in in-from Cutting. The last two sixes were exactly a treat for Pindi’s crowd who turned up in a huge number to welcome PSL for the first time in their city.

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Earlier, Colin Ingram smashed 63 runs off 40 balls as United posted 187-7 in 20 overs. Ingram struck six boundaries and two sixes tp put a strong case on the scoreboard. He scored 15 runs in last over of Sohail Khan.

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17-year-old Naseem Shah was phenomenal with the bowl as he took two early wickets to take Gladiators on top initially. Naseem Shah saved Gladiators from Lucke Ronchi’s storm and removed him off the first ball of the second over.

The right-handed batsman started off aggressively by hitting a four and six straight away to Sohail Khan on the first two balls of the inning. He made 11 off 4 balls.

He then hunted David Malan by thrashing the middle stump. He scored 10 including a towering six.

Later on, Colin Munro took the charge for Islamabad United as the left-handed batsman scored 31 runs to help his team post 57-3 in power play.

Skipper Shadab Khan also batted sensibly and scored 39 off 25 balls laced with three boundaries and two sixes.

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For Gladiators, Shah and Tymal Mills took two wickets each while Mohammad Husnain and Ben Cutting shared a wicket apiece.

In reply, opener Jason Roy (50) provided a power-packed start to the defending PSL champions. A couple of quick successions took back United into the game but cameos from Sarfraz (33) and Nawaz (25) supported the winning side strongly.

Later, in the end, Cutting and Nawaz partnered potently to score a match-winning 54 runs partnership. For United, Ahmed Safi Abdullah and Faheem Ashraf bagged two wickets each.

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