Gladiators are through to the final after winning by 1 run in an epic encounter!
The much anticipated playoff between undoubtedly the best two teams of the tournament kicked off in front of a packed audience in Dubai. With a place in the final on the line, Shahid Afridi won the toss and elected to field first. Zalmi’s opening bowlers were on song with the Gladiators getting off to a disastrous start! The young Bismillah Khan who impressed in his previous outing was dismissed on the second ball of the innings by Hasan Ali. Shehzad followed him back to the pavilion in the fourth over as he was stumped by Kamran Akmal off Mohammad Asghar, with Quetta struggling at 11/2. It was up to the legendary Kumar Sangakkara and Kevin Pietersen to rescue their team in this crunch encounter and both batsmen built their innings in glorious fashion. Pietersen took charge and took on the bowlers with some big hits, while Sangakkara displayed his class with beautiful cricketing shots to keep the runs flowing. Tait was put away for three boundaries by Sangakkara in the sixth over as the pair kicked up their gear to dominate Zalmi’s bowling attack. Pietersen went about his business and hit Darren Sammy for back to back sixes. The partnership went along at a run rate of over 9 an over, and put on 79 runs before Sangakkara miscued one shot and was caught in the deep by Bairstow.