Ahmed Shehzad and teenage fast bowling sensation Mohammad Hasnain shined as Quetta Gladiators beat Peshawar Zalmi by eight wickets in the final to clinch maiden Pakistan Super League (PSL) title on Sunday.
The closing ceremony, understandably, was stripped to bare bones, shorn of all the dances that adorned the opening ceremony as a mark of respect for the victims of the terror attack in Christchurch over the weekend.
It was the fourth time the two had met this season, with Quetta, under the savvy tutelage of Sarfaraz Ahmed, prevailing each time. This one was perhaps the most comfortable, with Quetta easing to their first PSL crown with an emphatic eight-wicket win achieved in 17.5 overs.
Imam-ul-Haq involves in heated exchange with Shane Watson;
Peshawar Zalmi opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq got involved in heated exchange with Quetta Gladiators ace all-rounder Shane Watson during the final of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) Season 4 in Karachi.
The incident happened in the 3rd over when Shane Watson was run out and given a send off by Imam-ul-Haq. Imam pointed him towards the dressing room and both of them exchanged words.
However, it was Shane Watson who had the last laugh as Quetta Gladiators scored a comfortable eight-wicket victory over Peshawar Zalmi. Watson was also declared the best batsman and player of the tournament for his outstanding performance.
Imam-ul-Haq apologises to Watson after rude send-off;
Peshawar Zalmi opener Imam-ul-Haq has apologised for his send-off to Shane Watson in Sunday’s charged final of the Pakistan Super League where Quetta Gladiators were crowned the champions.
Imam came under fire for his heated send-off to the former Australian all-rounder, who was run out by a swift throw from Umer Amin following a poor call by Ahmed Shehzad on the wicket.
Watson was seen exchanging words with Imam who pointed him to the dressing room on his way out. The incident was caught on camera and went viral within minutes, as Twitterati criticised the opener for what seemed to be unnecessary hostility on his part.
In a tweet clarifying the incident, Imam apologised saying “his reaction to Watson’s inappropriate abusive comments was avoidable.”
“It was a good match and a great HBL PSL 2019, let’s enjoy its success. Congrats to Gladiators and Watson for the trophy and awards,” the batsman added.
Yesterday’s incident happened in the heat of the moment. My reaction to Watson’s inappropriate abusive comments was avoidable, for which I apologise. It was a good match and a great HBL PSL 2019, let’s enjoy its success. Congrats to Gladiators and Watson for the trophy and awards
— Imam Ul Haq (@ImamUlHaq12) March 18, 2019
Taking incredible memories with me from Pakistan, says Shane Watson
Former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson, who played an instrumental role in Quetta Gladiators’ success in PSL 4, has said he’s taking incredible memories with him from his visit to Pakistan.
Talking exclusively to Geo, the 37-year-old star said that visiting Pakistan was an amazing experience and he was looked after very well during his stay in Karachi.
“It has been amazing,” Watson said. “I was looked after incredibly well. The love and support I got since I arrive is incredible and it not surprising at all because any time in different parts of the world where Pakistani fans are around they always show love and support, I had a very special time here.”