Dubai February 21: An inspired bowling efficiency helped Karachi Kings document their first ever win against Quetta Gladiators within the historical past of HBL Pakistan Tremendous League (PSL).
Kings’ new captain Imad Wasim received the toss and opted to bat first, his batsmen posted a complete of 149 for 9 of their allotted 20 overs, at half method stage the full seemed under the par rating for the pitch.
However issues turned in Karachi’s favour at the beginning of the Gladiators chase; Shane Watson and Asad Shafiq have been despatched packing early.
Gladiators saved shedding wickets at common intervals as Kings tightened the noose with some probing bowling. The Kings had a second of magic because the veteran Shahid Afridi took a shocking one handed catch on the long-on boundary to convey to an finish Umar Amin’s 31 run innings. Afridi later termed the catch a ‘miracle.’
Mohammad Nawaz scored 30 runs off 20 balls to convey the Gladiators again within the hunt nevertheless Kings pulled the sport of their favour as Mohammad Amir accounted for the southpaw.
Gladiators’ have been restricted to 130 for 9 of their quota of 20 overs; Imad, Tymal Mills and Mohammad Irfan took two wickets every.
Earlier Man-of-the-Match Colin Ingram’s 41 run innings off solely 21 balls was the rationale for Kings’ eventual 149 run complete.
Ingram’s innings helped Kings up the ante after opener Khurram Manzoor’s 39 ball 35 run effort. Ravi Bopara scored 24 runs.
Shane Watson took three wickets for Gladiators, Anwar Ali and Jofra Archer took two wickets every. Afridi managed one dismissing the Gladiators captain Sarfraz Ahmed for seven runs.
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