Good Evening! Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage oMatch 1 of the 2016 Pakistan Super League (PSL) between Islamadad United and Quetta Gladiators at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Thursday. We will be bringing you all the live updates from this tie. With this being the first tie of the much anticipated and hyped T20 league of Pakistan, it’s too early to say anything regarding the scenario of the teams and situation, and as to how the teams would fair. However, with both the sides being a strong ones, it expected to be an even contest and a thrilling match is definitely on the cards as the PSL is ought out be off to a big start. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Islamadad United v Quetta Gladiators, Match 1 at Dubai

Live cricket score Quetta Gladiators 132/2| Overs 16| BATTING: Luke Wright 86 (53), Mohammad Nawaz 22(22): Gladiators have finally recorded a fine victory as they won the battle by eight wickets and 24 balls to spare. Luke Wright played a memorable innings and scored a match winning 86 from just 53 deliveries.

Live cricket score Quetta Gladiators 106/2| Overs 13| BATTING: Luke Wright 71 (45), Mohammad Nawaz 11(11): Luke Wright anchoring the Gladiator’s innings and they are now on the brink of a convincing victory with just 23 needed from 42 deliveries.  United need a miraculous performance to turn the game from this juncture now.

Live cricket score Quetta Gladiators 86/2| Overs 10| BATTING: Luke Wright 56 (34), Mohammad Nawaz 7(5): Gladiators lost another key wicket in the form of Kevin Pietersen for a mere score of 8 runs. They now need just 43 runs more to win from 60 deliveries with eight wickets in hand. Luke Wright brought up his much needed half-century and steered his team in a comfortable position.

OUT! Kevin Pietersen lbw Imran Khalid 8(12)

Live cricket score Quetta Gladiators 62/1| Overs 7| BATTING: Luke Wright 44 (26), Kevin Pietersen 5(7): Gladiators swiftly moving towards the set target and now need just 67 runs from 13 overs with nine wickets in hand which shouldn’t be a tough ask provided the kind of start they got.

Live cricket score Quetta Gladiators 54/1| Overs 5| BATTING: Luke Wright 24 (12), Kevin Pietersen 1(2): Luke Wright is playing a gem of an innings out in the middle as he has taken the attack to the opposition. Ahmed Shehzad falls for 11 but that doesn’t seem to have bothered Wright as he continues to hit big and put the United at sixes and seven. OUT! Ahmed Shehzad c&b Imran Khalid 11(9)

Live cricket score Quetta Gladiators 35/0| Overs 3| BATTING: Luke Wright 24 (12), Ahmed Shehzad 11(6): Gladiators have got off to a flying start as both their openers have come out all guns blazing. Luke Wright and Ahmed Shehzad have got the ball rolling from the outset and put the opposition under the pump.

Innings break

Live cricket score Islamabad United 128/7| Overs 20| BATTING: Andre Russell 35 (20), Samuel Badree 2(2): United getting some priceless runs at the end as Russell went ballistic and played a much needed cameo to help his team in posting a fighting total on the board. United bowlers have a task in hand to restrict Gladiators at this score. With a low scoring game expect some dramatic moments when Gladiators come out to bat.

OUT! Misbah-ul-Haq c Umar Gul b Anwar Ali 41(28)

Live cricket score Islamabad United 86/6| Overs 17| BATTING:  Misbah-ul-Haq 29 (23), Andre Russell 9 (9): Misbah-ul-Haq taking on the charge and accelerating the run rate, they need some big hitting and massive runs as just three overs left to played out. Gladiators have done a good job and will look to restrict United for the lowest total possible.

Live cricket score Islamabad United 64/6| Overs 15| BATTING:  Misbah-ul-Haq 17 (18), Andre Russell 0 (2): Islamabad United do not seem to be doing themselves a favour by not getting those big boundaries. They have Misbah in the middle, but he is not facing many deliveries. He needs to be at the striker’s end if, United are to go past the 100-run mark. OUT! Imran Khalid c Nabi b Nawaz 4 (6)

Live cricket score Islamabad United 57/5| Overs 13| BATTING:  Misbah-ul-Haq 14 (14), Imran Khalid 0 (0): Misbah and Azam were looking to steady the innings and score some runs rapidly. But Azam played a rash shot to get dismissed.  Gladiators very much on top at the moment. The spinners have really pulled things back and United have looked vulnerable against it. OUT! Babar Azam c Nabi b Nawaz 15 (18)

Live cricket score Islamabad United 36/4| Overs 10| BATTING: Babar Azam 6 (11), Misbah-ul-Haq 2 (3): United have slipped further in trouble as they have lost the wickets of Umar Amin, Sam Billings and Shane Watson. Now the middle and lower-order have to step up and rescue their side. OUT! Umar Amin c Wright b Gul 0 (4), Shane Watson b Nawaz 15 (27), Sam Billings b Nawaz 2 (4)

Live cricket score Islamabad United 22/1| Overs 6| BATTING: Shane Watson 12 (22), Umar Amin 0 (3) That’s the end of the powerplay overs and United are off to a very slow star. They have also lost a wicket, which is not a good thing for them. OUT! Sharjeel Khan c Nabi b Babar 10 (11)

Live cricket score Islamabad United 11/0 | Overs 3| BATTING: Shane Watson 9 (15), Sharjeel Khan 2 (3): Excellent beginning to the PSL! the first over off Anwar Ali is a maiden and it is Shane Watson out of all people, who plays it out. Zulfiqur Babar too keeps it tight in the second over. But Watson looks to get a nove on in the third over smashing Anwar for a boundary.

WATCH: Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Darren Sammy shake a leg!

 

TOSS: Quetta Gladiators have won the toss and elected to bowl first

The match is not underway yet, but catch some of the action from the opening ceremony of the PSL:

 

Pakistan Super League (PSL) kicks off its inaugural edition in 2016 with five teams featuring in the tournament: Peshawar Zalmi, Karachi Kings, Islamabad United, Lahore Qalandars, and Quetta Gladiators. The teams have already been formed, with some huge names — both local and international — making the cut. Among the most famous international names are Chris Gayle, Kumar Sangakkara, Kevin Pietersen, Shane Watson, Andre Russell, Samuel Badree, Brad Haddin, Sam Billings, Dwayne Bravo, Mustafizur Rahman, Darren Sammy, Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Ravi Bopara, Chris Jordan, Lendl Simmons, Elton Chigumbura, Luke Wright, Mohammad Nabi, Kevon Cooper, Cameron Delport, Jason Holder, and more.

Squads:

Islamadad United: Amad Butt, Babar Azam, Samuel Badree, Sam Billings, Brad Haddin, Imran Khalid, Kamran Ghulam, Khalid Latif, Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Sami, Rumman Raees, Andre Russell, Sharjeel Khan, Umar Amin, Shane Watson, Ashar Zaidi, Hussain Talat, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Siddiq.

Quetta Gladiators: Sarfraz Ahmed (c, wk), Ahmed Shehzad, Aizaz Cheema, Akbar-ur-Rehman, Anwar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Bilal Asif, Bismillah Khan, Elton Chigumbura, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Nawaz, Kevin Pietersen, Rameez Raja, Saad Nasim, Kumar Sangakkara, Umar Gul, Luke Wright, Zulfiqar Babar.

Catch ball-by-ball updates of Islamadad United v Quetta Gladiators, Pakistan Super League, Match 1 at Dubai