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[Watch] Speedster Mohammad Hasnain Sends Back Shadab Khan Back To The Hut Cheaply

image-lsxg6ov0Shadab was dismissed for a single digit score. (X.com)

Islamabad United skipper Shadab Khan, who has been in great form, was undone by a good length delivery bowled by Quetta Gladiators’ Mohammad Hasnain in the ongoing match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2024 in Lahore.

The wicket came at a crucial juncture of the game as Islamabad batters were all over the Quetta Gladiators bowlers. Having gone for 18 runs in the first over, the pressure was on Hasnain. And he responded in style by taking an important wicket in his comeback second spell.

It was the second ball of the ninth over when Hasnain bowled a 137.4kph cross-seam delivery, which was pitched on a good length a shade outside off. Shadab Khan miscued the lofted off-drive off the bottom part of the bat, and Jason Roy backpedaled from mid-off to gobble it.

Quetta skipper Rilee Rossouw was brilliant with his tactics as he brought Hasnain from the other end. The change of end worked for the pacer and the Gladiators.

Watch: Shadab gets out cheaply

Opening the batting for Islamabad, Alex Hales made a blistering start, scoring 21 off just 9 balls, while Colin Munro struggled to find his rhythm, laboring to reach 20 off 22 balls. 

Munro particularly struggled with the uneven bounce of the pitch, frequently playing and missing, although he managed to capitalize on the occasional loose delivery. Agha Salman looked promising with his 33 off 23 balls but failed to build a substantial innings.

Islamabad United seemed well-placed while Salman and Munro were at the crease, but their fortunes changed when Abrar Ahmed dismissed Munro, triggering a collapse. Shadab and Azam Khan followed soon after, as the Gladiators' bowlers tightened their grip on the game. 

With Quetta's bowlers varying their pace and mixing spin effectively, Islamabad struggled to find boundaries, ultimately posting 138/9 in their allotted 20 overs.

The Gladiators' bowling performance was exceptional, led by Abrar Ahmed, who finished with figures of 3/18. Mohammad Wasim Jr also impressed, taking 3/20, while Akeal Hosein chipped in with two wickets for 32 runs. 

Although Mohammad Hasnain conceded runs, he managed to pick up a wicket, while Mohammad Amir remained wicketless.

Throughout Islamabad United's innings, the Quetta Gladiators bowlers kept the pressure lid on, never allowing them to settle and capitalize on any momentum.