In Pictures: Gladiators dominate Kings to qualify for playoffs

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In Pictures: Gladiators dominate Kings to qualify for playoffs
In Pictures: Gladiators dominate Kings to qualify for playoffs
Shukriya Pakistan

SHARJAH: Sarfraz Ahmed, skipper of Quetta Gladiators won the toss and unsurprisingly elected to bowl first.

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Once again, Kumar Sangakkara and Babar Azam came out to open for Karachi Kings and had an impressive start with a partnership of 63 runs.

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After an impressive inning of 28 runs off 18 deliveries, Sangakkara was stumped off a Mehmudullah’s delivery.

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After Kings’ captain departed, Babar Azam also seemed to lose his way with a struggling Chris Gayle at the other end.

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Chris Gayle, the man who is known for his brutal hitting. was just stuck at the crease.

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Babar Azam also fell after scoring just 36 off 37 balls due to added pressure by Gayle. Shoaib Malik came out to replace him, he struck a boundary early in the match.

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But, Malik fell to Mehmudullah, it was his third wicket of the match.

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Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard were at the crease, but their poor form did not damage Quetta Gladiators. Chris Gayle eventually got out after scoring 29 runs on 34 deliveries.

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Ravi Bopara was once again unable to replicate his performance from the first season of the PSL and got out after scoring one run. Kieron Pollard milked last over of the inning by Mir Hamza and took his team to 154 runs.

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Mehmudullah was the pick of the bowler with a bowling figures of 4 overs, 21 runs and three wickets.

Quetta Gladiators openers, Asad Shafiq and Ahmed Shehzad looked in fine touch from the word go.

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Ahmed Shehzad, who looked in fine touch in the tournament but was not able to capitalize his good starts, was finally among the runs. He scored his first half-century of the campaign.

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The two openers had a wonderful partnership of 105 runs, before Shehzad perished for 54 runs on 40 balls.

Asad Shafiq also raised his 50.

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Sohail Khan took two prize wickets of Ahmed Shehzad and Asad Shafiq in one over and Kevin Pietersen was also run out for a duck without facing a ball in the same over. It looked like a twist in the tale as Gladiators were suddenly 111-3 from 105-0.

However, Sarfraz Ahmed and Riley Russow anchored the inning and the captain took his team over the line. They win the game by 6 wickets and booked a berth in playoffs.

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Mehmudullah was named the Man of the Match for his brilliant bowling performance.

Karachi Kings are still at the bottom of the table, whereas Quetta Gladiators maintain their dominance.

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