Karachi’s sloppy batting guides Quetta into PSL play-offs
It was another spineless batting from Karachi Kings that led to one more fall in the Pakistan Super League, this time a five-wicket drubbing at the hands of giant-killers Quetta in Sharjah on Saturday.
Karachi Kings conceded a good position after taking a debatable decision of batting first, which was sort of playing into the hands of Quetta who are good chasers.
Grant Elliott continued to become the “man with a golden arm” with his best bowling figures in the shortest format while Ahmed Shehzad played another dominating knock to lead Quetta Gladiators triumph.
Elliott’s 4-15 in his concise four overs restricted Karachi Kings to 126-9 after they opted to bat before Shehzad knocked 27-ball 41 to anchor another successful chase — fifth in all as they won by five wickets in 18.5 overs.
Shehzad had lost Luke Wright at the total of 33 but he didn’t lose sight of the target, hitting seven boundaries off just 27 balls. Kevin Pietersen chipped in with 22-ball 26 with two sixes.
The finishing touches were given by Sarfraz Ahmed (29 not out) and Mohammad Nawaz (five not out) as the team crossed the finishing line.
For Karachi leg-spinner Usama Mir took 2-27 in his ten overs.
Karachi now needs to win both their matches, against Islamabad on Sunday and Peshawar Zalmi on Wednesday.
It was Elliott who caused a slump in Karachi batting as they lost seven wickets for just 34 runs from a well set position of 86-2.
Karachi was off to a disastrous start when Nauman Anwar fell for just six but James Vince (23) added 47 for the second wicket when Elliott came into his own.
Elliott had a well set Vince bowled with a slower one before grabbing wickets of Shakib Al Hasan (10 off 19 balls) and the important wicket of Ravi Bopara for 14.
Malik fought the lone hand with a 38-ball 45 with two sixes and a boundary.
It was surprising to see Tanvir batting at number six while better batsman in Mushfiqur Rahim and Imad Wasim were sent low in the order. Sohail Khan hit a couple and a boundary to take Karachi to 126.