Russell, Smith fire Islamabad to title
AndrE Russell's three- wicket haul and Dwayne Smith's hostile half century fired Islamabad United to a six-wicket victory over Quetta Gladiators in the final of the inaugural Pakistan Super League yesterday.
Smith struck 73 off 51 balls, 52 of which came from boundaries, to anchor an impressive run chase (175 for four) at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
"It was a good pitch and I said to myself just go there and back yourself," said Smith, who was named the Man of the Match.
Smith's fireworks came after his West Indies compatriot Russell led a bowling attack that restricted Gladiators to 174 for seven in 20 overs following half centuries from Ahmed Shehzad and Kumar Sangakkara.
Shehzad, who hit nine sixes, top scored with 64 before he was caught by Samuel Badree from a Mohammad Sami delivery, while Russell removed Sangakkara for 55 which included seven sixes.
Russell, the main wicket taker for the champions, grabbed three wickets for 36 runs, while Samuel Badree picked one for 38.
"Winning has been following me, I've won three in a row now - Big Bash, BPL and now PSL," said Russell.
"Once you're enjoying the game, success is going to follow you. The only problem that I had, or a few others might have had, is the back-to-back games we had but we are athletes."