Quetta Gladiators defeated Karachi Kings by five wickets in the fourteenth match of the inaugural Pakistan Super League at Sharjah.
Karachi Kings scored 126 runs in 20 overs due to the efforts of Shoaib Malik, who scored 45 runs from 38 deliveries.
On the other hand, Quetta restricted Karachi to a low target thanks to the efforts of Grant Elliott, who claimed four wickets in his four overs. Anwar Ali, Mohammad Nabi, Zulfiqar Babar and Aizaz Cheema claimed one wicket apiece for Gladiators.
Quetta’s batsmen chased the target in 18.5 overs as Karachi’s bowlers failed to make any major impact in the match. Ahmed Shehzad scored 41 from 27 deliveries whereas Kevin Pietersen and Sarfraz Ahmed scored 26 and 29 respectively.
Usama Mir claimed two wickets for Karachi, with Imad Wasim and Shakibal Hasan claiming one wicket apiece.
Sarfraz Ahmed: “I would give credit to the bowlers for today’s victory. The way how our team has been bowling for the past couple of matches is commendable. We still need to work on our batting though.”
Shoaib Malik: “I don’t think today’s wicket was a 180-score pitch. 150 would have been a decent total to defend but unfortunately we were unable reach that mark because of Quetta’s bowling.”
Man of the match is Grant Elliott for his bowling: “It was a good pitch today for the bowlers and I was fortunate enough to get a couple of wickets. I would like to thank my team members and management for their support for this performance.”
QUE 127-5 (18.5 overs)
A single from the second last ball of the over and Quetta wins against Karachi by five wickets with seven balls remaining.
QUE 121-5 (18 overs)
Four from the over.
QUE 117-5 (17 overs)
RUN OUT! Direct hit and Mohammad Nawaz walks back to the dug out. Anwar Ali replaces him.
QUE 112-4 (16 overs)
FOUR! A good delivery but Sarfraz gets an inside edge and finds the fine-leg boundary.
QUE 104-4 (15 overs)
OUT! LBW! Shakib traps Grant Elliot. Mohammad Nawaz replaces him.
FOUR! Elliott gets lucky.
QUE 98-3 (14 overs)
Three from the over.
QUE 95-3 (13 overs)
OUT! Smart catch at slip. Kevin Pietersen walks back to the dug out. Grant Elliott replaces him.
QUE 92-2 (12 overs)
Five from the over.
QUE 87-2 (11 overs)
SIX! Straight this time from Kevin Pietersen.
QUE 77-2 (10 overs)
Six runs from the over.
QUE 71-2 (9 overs)
OUT! BOWLED! Ahmed Shehzad departs. He looks surprised. But so does the bowler. Sarfraz Ahmed replaces him.
QUE 66-1 (8 overs)
SIX! Pietersen smashes it out of the park.
QUE 56-1 (7 overs)
FOUR! Ahmed Shehzad places another one towards the fence.
QUE 47-1 (6 overs)
FOUR! Shehzad sweeps it this time. Three boundaries from the over.
FOURx2! Shehzad goes towards leg-side boundary both times.
QUE 35-1 (5 overs)
OUT! A lousy shot by Luke Wright. Fielder makes no mistake. Kevin Pietersen replaces him.
QUE 33-0 (4 overs)
FOUR! Shehzad played it late this time.
FOUR from the overthrow.
QUE 22-0 (3 overs)
FOUR! Shehzad slaps it towards covers.
QUE 13-0 (2 overs)
FOUR! Luke Wright smashes it towards long-off.
QUE 8-0 (1 over)
FOUR! Shehzad places it towards off-side.
Ahmed Shehzad and Luke Wright open batting for Quetta.
Sohail Khan to begin the bowling attack for Karachi.
KHI 126-9 (20 overs)
FOUR! A four towards covers to end the innings. Karachi set 127-run target for Quetta to chase.
OUT! Caught and bowled. Mushfiqur departs after getting a top edge on that one. Its raining wickets here.
Cheema to bowl the last over.
KHI 118-8 (19 overs)
OUT! BOWLED! Usama Mir walks back too. Sohail Khan replaces him.
FOUR! Reserve sweep.
RUN OUT! Imad Wasim departs as well. Usama Mir replaces him.
KHI 112-6 (18 overs)
OUT! Bopara goes. Caught and bowled by Elliott. His fourth wicket of the day. Imad Wasim replaces Bopara.
OUT! Tanvir gets caught at deep midwicket. Grant Elliott strikes again. Mushfiqur Rahim is the new batsman.
KHI 110-4 (17 overs)
FOUR! Tanvir places it towards fine leg boundary.
KHI 101-4 (16 overs)
OUT! Shakib gets caught by Cheema on the boundary. Sohail Tanvir replaces him.
KHI 97-3 (15 overs)
FOUR! Reserve sweep played to perfection by Bopara.
KHI 91-3 (14 overs)
Five from the over.
KHI 86-3 (13 overs)
OUT! Malik tries to clear the midwicket boundary but gets caught by Ahmed Shehzad. Malik departs after scoring 45 runs from 38 deliveries. Ravi Bopara replaces him.
KHI 84-2 (12 overs)
FOUR! Four byes. Shakib misses the ball but so does the keeper.
KHI 75-2 (11 overs)
SIX! Malik clears the rope at midwicket.
KHI 66-2 (10 overs)
OUT! BOWLED! Vince gets beaten by Elliott. Shakibal Hasan replaces him.
KHI 62-1 (9 overs)
Five from the over.
KHI 57-1 (8 overs)
Five runs from the over.
KHI 52-1 (7 overs)
Three runs from the over.
KHI 49-1 (6 overs)
FOUR! Vince places it towards cover boundary.
KHI 40-1 (5 overs)
SIX! Vince smacks it out of the ground towards midwicket.
KHI 29-1 (4 overs)
FOUR! Smart batting by Malik. Lobs it over cover fielder’s head for a boundary.
SIX! Malik smashes it over long-on.
KHI 17-1 (3 overs)
OUT! BOWLED! Nauman Anwar gets beaten completely. James Vince replaces Nauman.
FOUR! This time Malik places it between point and cover region.
FOUR! Malik places towards leg side and the fielder is unable to stop the ball.
KHI 7-0 (2 overs)
Just two from the over.
Zulfiqar Babar to try his spin.
KHI 5-0 (1 over)
FOUR! Cut through covers and its the first boundary of the day for Nauman Anwar.
Nauman Anwar and Shoaib Malik to open for Karachi.
Anwar Ali to start the bowling attack for Quetta.
Toss: Karachi win the toss and elect to bat.
Sarfraz Ahmed: “We would have bowled first if we won the toss anyway. We are going match by match and want to win every game to finish on the top of the table.”
Shoaib Malik: “We have done well when we bat first, thats why we are batting first. Because of the way guys played yesterday, we are keeping the same combination.”