PSL 2020: The beginning for Islamabad United’s inning for David Malan has been exceptional so far as he has crossed the fifty and becomes the only player to do so in his respective franchise whereas Shadab Khan, the youngest elected captain in the history of PSL has disappointed the fans in the very initial match of the league.
David Malan chased 64 off 40 balls on the Magnificient strike rate of 160.00. He played couple of boundaries which includes the flat boundaries and the height boundaries as well. He has remained the only classic player of Islamabad United as Munro, Ingram, Ronchi, Talat and all the other players faced the worst today against Gladiators.
Munro, lastly being in Karachi Kings was understood to be the star of Karachi Kings but he almost failed to chase the expectations in PSL prior edition whereas, Colin Ingram has been exceptional and the reason for several victories of the ‘Kings’ last year. Both batsmen have been chosen by ISLU in the drafts and failed to make it in the first match of the franchise and the league.
Gladiators attacking fielding destroyed Shadab’s side in a very demolishing way although ISLU made an extraordinary start after Malan went on strike but, the wickets fall apart after Malan departed as he had brought the luck to the team.
Being judgmental. it seems quite difficult for the inexperienced skipper Shadab as it is said that, “the first impression is the last impression,”. Shadab, best known as the backbone of Pakistan’s fielding, failed with the bat miserably after scoring 8 off 7 balls. After he went to pavilion, wickets almost fell one after one and the Islamabad departed on an average total of 168 targetting the current title defenders for 169 required off 20 overs.
Knowing Gladiators better as Sarfaraz’s team, who with his potential managed to make Pakistan no.1 T20I team with 11th consecutive series win, won the PSL 2019 finals against Peshawar Zalmi, is all set to challenge the trophy once again and on the contrary, Ali Naqvi, the owner of ISLU, is confident enough with the team to be victor at the end.
Being hard to defeat the T20 side when Sarfaraz is the skipper, ISLU would have to deliver their utmost on the field as the experienced batsmen like SR Watson and Ahmed Shehzad can chase the set score with no troubles at all.
We OPn Sports wish all the good luck to both the PSL franchises for today’s match being held at National Stadium, Karachi.