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SHARJAH: Quetta Gladiators won the toss and opted to field first against Islamabad United in the first match of the Sharjah leg of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) on Wednesday.

Both the teams made changes in their squad as Misbahul Haq and JP Duminy have joined United’s final playing-11, John Hastings and Mahmudullah will be playing for the Gladiators. 

Fast bowler Anwar Ali gave an early breakthrough to Quetta after taking down United’s opener Chadwick Walton for eight runs in his second over of the match.

With an absolute gem of a delivery, Rahat Ali bowled Asif Ali (6) on his very first ball of the match. 

Spinner Hasan Khan’s arm ball ended Luke Ronchi’s (43) time on the crease.

Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq walked back to the dugout as he was caught in the deep by Mahmudullah on the bowl of Shane Watson. On a strike rate of 88, Misbah scored 22 runs. 

Both the teams have won one match and lost one match so far. Islamabad United collapsed against Peshawar Zalmi by 34 runs but rallied to defeat Multan Sultans by 5 wickets in their next match.

Quetta Gladiators lost their first match to Karachi Kings by 19 runs but then proceeded to outclass Lahore Qalandars by 9 wickets to regain momentum.

Islamabad United

Head coach: Dean Jones

Captain: Misbah-ul-Haq/Rumman Raees

Islamabad XI: Luke Ronchi, Chadwick Walton, Asif Ali, JP Duminy, Misbah ul Haq (c), Hussain Talat, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Rumman Raees, Mohammad Sami, Steven Finn

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Quetta Gladiators

Head coach: Moin Khan

Captain: Sarfraz Ahmed

Quetta XI: Asad Shafiq, Shane Watson, Umar Amin, Kevin Pietersen, Sarfraz Ahmed, Mahmudullah, Mohammad Nawaz, Anwar Ali, John Hastings, Rahat Ali, Hassan Khan

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