Azam Khan put up a scintillating performance to help Islamabad United win against Quetta Gladiators in their Pakistan Super League 2023 encounter. The match witnessed Azam Khan smashing a remarkable 42-ball 97, including eight sixes and nine fours, to take his team’s total to an imposing 220 for 6.
Azam Khan’s innings was an exhibition of power-hitting as he dominated the hapless Quetta Gladiators bowling attack with ease. He also hit three back-to-back sixes in the 19th over off Mohammad Hasnain, including a massive 102-metre six that went outside the stadium. Azam’s spectacular innings left everyone in awe and even his father, Moin Khan, the head coach of Quetta Gladiators, was left shell-shocked.
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Expressing his gratitude towards his father, Azam said, “The way my father has supported me, it is special. A lot of people said I could not play, and that I would stay behind because of my father, but I am what I am because of him.”
Azam Khan’s innings showcased his excellent form and mindset as he navigated the pressure and took calculated risks. He revealed, “To be honest, I knew I was in good form. I was batting well in the BPL and was trying to continue it. We were four wickets down, and I was thinking of taking it deep. I have the belief that I can change the game at any moment… I practice range hitting so that I get a good idea about my strokes. T20 cricket is so fast at the moment, and you need the acceleration at the right moment.”
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Azam Khan was chasing his century, but unfortunately, his innings came to an end on the last ball of the innings as he chased the triple-figure score. Nevertheless, his innings was one of the most memorable ones in PSL 2023 so far.
The Match Result
Islamabad United won the match by 63 runs, earning their third win in four games, while Quetta Gladiators have only won one match out of their five games so far.
Azam Khan’s innings will be remembered as one of the best performances in PSL 2023. His power-hitting and calculated risks helped Islamabad United post an imposing total, which proved too much for the Quetta Gladiators to chase down.