KARACHI (92 News) – Quetta Gladiators beat Karachi Kings by five wickets to beat them in a match that went down the wire.
An impressive contribution from Azam Khan and skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed played a captain's inning to ensure his team secured the victory in the end.
Karachi Kings set a target of 157 runs for Quetta Gladiators to win their Pakistan Super League encounter. After Jason Roy was run out for 17 (20) by Imad Wasim and an unneeded stroke from Ahmad Shehzad caused his dismissal 11 (9) it looked as if the pressure had gotten to the Gladiators.
Earlier, Shane Watson had departed for 27 from 20 balls. The Australian cricketer had treated fans to a spectacle, as his innings featured two huge sixes and two fours.
In walked Sarfaraz and the former Pakistan cricket captain formed a solid partnership with rising star Azam Khan. However, the match once again got close when Azam was ran out for 46 from 30 balls due to Sarfaraz's fault.
Earlier, the Kings who started on a high note, lost wickets at regular intervals, however managing to post 156 on board.
Babar Azam was the first to return to the pavilion after scoring a quick 26 off 23 after being bowled out by Tymal Mills. Sharjeel Khan soon followed Azam courtesy of Mohammad Nawaz.
Cameron Delport who started to settle in and smash around the park was bowled out by Sohail Khan after scoring a quick 22 off 12 balls.
Chris Walton was the fourth to fall, falling to run-out by Mohammad Hasnain. He was followed by Alex Hales who left the pitch after scoring 29.
Things turned around for Kings as (Imad Wasim, Chris Jordan, Umaid Asif and Iftikhar Ahmed followed in the last four overs of the game.
Earlier, the Karachi Kings won the toss and elected to bat first. The Kings won their first match of the fifth edition of PSL after defeating Peshawar Zalmi by 10 runs on Friday.
The Gladiators secured their first win in the opening match of PSL 2020 against Islamabad United. On Saturday, however, they were defeated by Zalmi by six wickets.
Both the Kings and Gladiators now have two points each.
Though Gladiators will be on the edge after their hammering on Saturday, the Sarfaraz Ahmed-led team will be looking to get back on track with the likes of Shane Watson, Ben Cutting, Ahmed Shehzad, Jason Roy and Ahsan Ali in the squad.
The match between Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators started at 2pm.
Karachi Kings: Imad Wasim (captain), Babar Azam, Mohammad Amir, Iftikhar Ahmed, Aamir Yamin, Usama Mir, Umer Khan, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Sharjeel Khan, Cameron Delport, Mohammad Rizwan, Umaid Asif, Chadwick Walton, Ali Khan, Arshad Iqbal, Mitch McClenaghan, Awais Zia
Quetta Gladiators: Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain), Mohammad Nawaz, Shane Watson, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hasnain, Ahsan Ali, Naseem Shah, Jason Roy, Ben Cutting, Fawad Ahmed, Sohail Khan, Tymal Mills, Abdul Nasir, Arish Ali Khan, Azam Khan, Keemo Paul, Khurram Manzoor, Zahid Mehmood
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