DUBAI: Karachi Kings open the account in the HBL PSL 2018, beating favourite Quetta Gladiators by 19 runs in the second game today at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, UAE.
In response to Karachi Kings’ 149/9, Quetta Gladiators could only manage 130/9 in 20 overs.
Earlier, Karachi’s new skipper Imad Waseem won the toss and opted to bat first.
Both batsmen Denly (19) and Babar Azam (10) got out on the total of 57 in 10th over.
Quetta skipper Sarfraz further squeezed Kings with aggressive bowling and field placing. At the end of the 10th, Kings were 60/2.
Collin Ingram and Khurram Manzoor accelerated the scoring rate a bit, losing Manzoor in the process for 35. Ingram began to take on Gladiators bowlers in the fifteenth over, taking 22 runs off Anwer Ali’s over.
Both Ravi Bopara (16) and Colin Ingram (42) added a 48-run stand for the fourth wicket partnership. before being out on 42. Bopara followed him to the pavilion in the next over, he scored 24.
With increasing pressure on Kings, wickets continued to tumble as Imad also fell for 2, followed by Afridi (4), leaving their team reeling on 149/9 in 20 overs.
Shane Watson took 3 wickets for 22 runs for Quetta.
It was not a sizable total for Quetta. But, a brilliant bowling display from Kings strangled runs in the early part of the innings. The top order totally collapsed as the top three batsmen got out for just 15 runs.
South African opener Rile Rossow (18) and Umar Amin added 30 runs for the fourth-wicket partnership before Rossow departed for his 18. Quetta were now 45/4 in 9th over.
Amin, who had held the inning so far, tried to stretch arms. In an attempt to play the big shot, he hit Irfan Jr. straight over his head, but a magnificent catch from Afridi converted a confirm sixer into a wicket. Umar Amin departed for 31.
Just when Quetta fans were losing hope, Nawaz started baton charge, taking 17 runs in 16th over. The equation was now 53 runs with 4 wickets and 30 balls to spare.
Quetta still required 38 runs in 18 balls, the game was slowly slipping away.
Amir dashed Gladiators’ hopes to the ground claiming Nawaz’s wicket on the first ball of 18th over, he scored 30 runs off 20 balls.
Mills struck the last nail in the Quetta’s coffin with smart bowling, claiming danger man Anwer Ali on a slower one. He only managed to add 7 runs to the team’s total.