Updated: Feb 22
The PSL may not have as much star power as the IPL, but it's certainly got plenty of talent and plenty of English talent at that.
Islamabad are the PSL equivalent to the IPL Rajasthan Royals, with a number of English players in their ranks.
There were four English players featured as Islamabad United took the field at the National Stadium in Karachi. And despite having one of the most lethal T20 batsmen in the world open the batting in Alex Hales, it was all-rounder Lewis Gregory who stole the headlines.
The Somerset man bowled four economical (7.75) overs taking two wickets before hitting 49 off 31 balls to lead his team to victory in the final over, chasing down 151 after Multan Sultans posted 150 in their 20 overs.
This followed an opening partnership by Hales and Phil Salt who were ticking along nicely before Salt was caught by James Vince in the 4th over for just 13.
Alex Hales was looking dangerous on his way to 29 off 20 balls before being bowled by Afridi. Islamabad lost their next four wickets cheaply and we're 74-6 and heading to defeat. However Gregory came to the wicket and looked as composed as he often does at Taunton, turning the game on its head and easing Islamabad to victory, hitting six boundaries and one maximum.
James Vince who was the only Englishman for the Sultans got off to a difficult start as he nudged his way to 16 off 17 balls before falling victim to Gregory. Gregory will be happy with his all around game and will be looking to use the PSL to vault him back into England contention before a busy domestic season.
Hales was looking dangerous on his way to 29 off 20 balls before he was