Azam Khan. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The 2020 edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) started off with a bang. It was one of those few T20 games where the batsmen didn’t dominate the bowlers a great deal and was pretty much an even contest throughout. Yet, it was the Quetta Gladiators bowlers who applied themselves better. Led by the young Mohammad Hasnain and assisted well by the likes of Ben Cutting and Sohail Khan, the side did well to restrict the opposition to a slightly below-par total.

In fact, the first ball of this edition of the tournament saw a wicket bringing back the memories of IPL 2013 and Brett Lee. Colin Munro ended up dollying one straight back in the hands of Mohammad Nawaz and got out for a duck. Then, the veteran Luke Ronchi was involved in a decent partnership with Dawid Malan. However, he couldn’t go on for a long time. Despite getting a good start, he was dismissed for a 13-ball 23. Hussain Talat, who batted at four, crawled his way to 19 from 22 balls.

Colin Ingram soon followed him back to the pavilion. But Dawid Malan kept toiling hard from one end and set the platform for the Islamabad United by the time he got out for 64 in the 15th over. Yet, the other batsmen couldn’t capitalise. Most of them tried to go too hard and ended up giving away their wickets one after the other. Ultimately, the side was bowled out for 168 in 19.1 overs.

Azam Khan comes to the rescue for the Quetta Gladiators

Gladiators’ opener Jason Roy also got out for a duck in the chase. Shane Watson looked good but was run out while Ahmed Shehzad failed to make an impact. At 26/3, the Quetta Gladiators were reeling before Azam Khan came to the rescue. He was the aggressor in the partnership with skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed who was dismissed for 21 when the scoreboard read 88.

Azam Khan, however, did enough with his 33-ball 59. Mohammad Nawaz and Ben Cutting finished the chase off with quickfire knocks as the side finished the game in 18.3 overs. Twitterati was thrilled to see the 19-year-old Mohammad Hasnain do so well in the game.

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