Shane Watson’s 90 helps Quetta Gladiators beat Karachi Kings
DUBAI (92 News) – Quetta Gladiators defeated Karchi Kings at Dubai to move to the second spot in the third edition Pakistan Super League (PSL) with their fourth win in this campaign.
Shane Watson was the star of the match for Gladiators with his all-round performance. Watson and Kevin Pietersen helped their team set Kings a target of 181. In reply, disciplined bowling helped restrict the Kings for 113/8 to clinch a 67-run victory.
Kings’ Imad Wasim won the toss and opted to bowl first but the decision backfired as opener Watson provided a flying start to his team with a 90 off 58 balls. He was ably assisted by Pietersen who smashed a quick-fire 52 off 34 deliveries. The duo added 86 together and helped Gladiators post an imposing total of 180.
In reply, the Kings suffered early setbacks as they lost both their openers inside the first two overs with only two runs on the board. Things didn’t improve much from thereon as they kept losing wickets at regular interval to be reduced to 55/5.
Wasim (35) and Babar Azam (32) provided some resistance but Watson dismissed Azam with his second ball of the game to end the hopes of Kings. The Australian returned with match figures of 1/18.
He was awarded the man of the match award for his all-round performance. “It was important to stay out there. A few mis-hits went in the gap. The ones that I hit went in the gap. There were a few dropped catches, so you’ve got to capitalize on those opportunities. I love to be a part of the team, and I’m enjoying my cricket right now,” said Watson after the match.
Wasim blamed his team’s poor fielding for their loss. “Yes, I think we looked into the conditions a little too much. Congrats to Watto and KP, who played really well, and our batting collapsed badly. They’re world-class players and if you drop them, then you don’t deserve to win. We need to sit together and regroup, and the morale is still high. Shahid Afridi as opener, we will try playing him again, depending on the circumstances,” said Kings’skipper Wasim.
Gladiators’ kipper Sarfraz Ahmed praised Watson and Pietersen for the victory after the match. “The way KP and Watson batted, it was a learning experience for the youngsters. Brillaint batting. Their shot selection has been really good. And KP worked in a crucial match, which is what big players are all about.
Whether we lose or we win, we try to give confidence to the players and that’s how we have revived ourselves in the tournament. Rahat has bowled really well, and Nawaz has set the tone for us. Ben Laughlin did well as well, and Anwar was fabulous for us on the field too. Overall, a great team performance by our side,” said Sarfraz after the match.