Roy scores his maiden century as Gladiators pull off second PSL 7 victory

KARACHI: Jason Roy caught major limelight by scoring his maiden Pakistan Super League (PSL) century and helped Quetta Gladiators win their second match in the league by defeating Lahore Qalandars by seven wickets. 

Roy, who played just his first match in PSL 7, scored second fastest century of PSL. His powerful 116 runs knock was the fourth highest individual score in event’s history. The right-handed batter smashed eight maximums and 11 boundaries to set the tone for Gladiators to chase 205 runs in 19.3 overs.

James Vince (49*) and Mohammad Nawaz (25*) were the other prominent contributors from Gladiators. Vince struck five boundaries whereas Nawaz pulled off two sixes and a boundary.

For Qalandars, Haris Rauf, Kamran Ghulam and David Wiese bagged a wicket each.

Earlier, Fakhar Zaman scored a brilliant half-century up the order followed by Harry Brook’s late onslaught guided Qalandars to post 204-5 in the allotted 20 overs in 15th match.

Batting first, Fakhar and Abdullah Shafique provided a solid start to the side; putting up a decent 61-runs partnership before Abdullah walked back to the pavilion, scoring 32 off 27 deliveries.

Fakhar, on the other hand, kept the scoreboard ticking and scored magnificent half-century. Ghulam Mudassar, however, managed to dismiss the left-hander in the 17th over. He scored 70 off just 45 deliveries, laced with three boundaries and as many sixes.

Later, Brook’s onslaught in the 19th over bolstered Qalandars’ score. He remained unbeaten with his quickfire 41 off just 17 balls; smashing four boundaries and two sixes.

For the Gladiators, Mudassar bagged two wickets, while Iftikhar Ahmed and Luke Wood claimed a wicket apiece.