Karachi Kings registered an emphatic win against Quetta Gladiators by 19 runs. It was a team effort with Colin Ingram, Khurram Manzoor and Ravi Bopara shining with the bat. Whereas, Imad Wasim, Tymal Mills and Mohammad Irfan Jr. took two wickets each. Shahid Afridi and Mohammad Amir struck once.
Quetta Gladiators inning
Over 20 – Quetta Gladiators 130/9 (Hasan 17*)
(19.6) OUT! Archer looked to go for a glory shot, but found Denly in the deep.
(19.2) FOUR! Full outside off from Irfan, Archer caressed it to point for a boundary.
Irfan Jr. bowls last over,
Over 19 – Quetta Gladiators 122/8 (Hasan 14*, Archer 0*)
(18.6) OUT! Mills finally got the reward for his impressive bowling, it was a bouncer outside off, Anwar Ali looked to pull but skied it, an easy grab for Rizwan.
Tymal Mills bowls
Over 18 – Quetta Gladiators 118/7 (Hasan 14*, Anwar 4*)
(17.3) FOUR! Not a good delivery from Amir in the context, it was short and wide, Anwar could only edge it but it was enought to get a boundary to third-man.
(17.2) OUT! Full in-swinging delivery, Mohammad Nawaz could only manage an inside edge which is caught by Mohammad Rizwan behind the stumps. He played a handy knock of 30 runs off 20 balls.
Over 17 – Quetta Gladiators 113/6 (Nawaz 30*, Hasan 14*)
Over 16 – Quetta Gladiators 107/6 (Nawaz 27*, Hasan 11*)
(15.1) FOUR! Nawaz making his presence felt in the middle, it was full outside off by Amir, he placed it beautifully in the gap for another boundary.
Mohammad Amir comes back to bowl.
Over 15 – Quetta Gladiators 97/6 (Nawaz 21*, Hasan 8*)
(14.3) FOUR! Nawaz continues, this time he went over cover, he is looking dangerous.
(14.2) SIX! Huge strike from Nawaz, it was full and fast, Nawaz hit it down the ground, it was high and handsome.
(14.1) FOUR! Short with fine-leg up in the circle is an invitation for any batsman to score runs, Nawaz did exactly that, he just flicked the ball over the fielder for a boundary.
Irfan Jr. back into the attack
Over 14 – Quetta Gladiators 80/6 (Nawaz 5*, Hasan 7*)
Afridi bowls his last over.
Over 13 – Quetta Gladiators 74/6 (Nawaz 3*, Hasan 3*)
Hasan Khan is the new batsman.
(12.3) OUT! Incredible grab from Shahid Afridi, Umar Amin lofted it straight, Afridi came running, jumped to take the catch at the edge of the straight boundary, he grabbed it, he was about to get over the line so he threw it in the air went out of the boundart, came back from the boundary to catch it again. Magical stuff from the Boom Boom. He scored
Imad brings Irfan Jr. into the attack.
Over 12 – Quetta Gladiators 67/5 (Amin 29*, Nawaz 1*)
(11.4) OUT! Afridi Strikes! Straighter from Afridi, Sarfraz looked to sweep him, but missed it completely. Umpire gave it out, but Sarfraz went for DRS for no gain. Big wicket for Karachi Kings
(11.2) FOUR! Afridi dragged it on Umar Amin’s legs, he swept it perfectly to earn a boundary at fine-leg.
Over 11 – Quetta Gladiators 58/4 (Amin 21*, Sarfraz 7*)
Imad bowls his last over.
Over 10 – Quetta Gladiators 53/4 (Amin 19*, Sarfraz 5*)
(9.3) FOUR! Afridi bowled it short and wide, Sarfraz Ahmed cut it perfectly through point.
Over 9 – Quetta Gladiators 46/4 (Amin 17*, Sarfraz 0*)
Sarfraz Ahmed is the new batsman.
(8.5) OUT! Big wicket for Karachi Kings, Rossouw looked to up the scoring rate, he looked to take on Imad Wasim, but could only manage to find Ravi Bopara at the deep mid-wicket.
Imad Wasim back into the attack
Over 8 – Quetta Gladiators 41/3 (Amin 15*, Russow 15*)
Shahid Afridi into the attack.
Over 7 – Quetta Gladiators 40/3 (Amin 15*, Russow 14*)
(6.6) FOUR! Short from Mills, Umar Amin is in pretty good nick to not to punish this delivery, it was short outside off, he pulled it to mid-wicket for another four.
(6.3) SIX! This is a serious shot from Russow, pacy Mills bowled a fast deliveruy, he came down the wicket and deposited almost twenty rows back over extra cover..
Over 6 – Quetta Gladiators 26/3 (Amin 9*, Russow 7*)
(5.1) FOUR! A friendly loosener from Irfan to Russow, he is too good to miss out on those kinds of deliveries. It was short outside off that the left-handed pulled to mid-wicket region.
Mohammad Irfan Jr. into the attack
Over 5 – Quetta Gladiators 22/3 (Amin 9*, Russow 3*)
(4.4) FOUR! Umar Amin shows his class, not a delivery to be hit, but he drove it on the up to find a gap through covers, another boundary for him
(4.1) OUT! First delivery from Tymal Mills, KP looked to flick through mid-wicket, but Ravi Bopara was sharpo there, grabbed a good catch to dismiss the Englishman. He scored 6 runs off 4 balls.
Tymal Mills comes on to bowl.
Over 4 – Quetta Gladiators 15/2 (Amin 5*, Pietersen 6*)
(3.6) FOUR! Elegant from Umar Amin, after getting beaten by Mohammad Amir twice, he placed the last delivery of the over beautifully through point.
Amin bowls his second over
Over 3 – Quetta Gladiators 11/2 (Amin 1*, Pietersen 6*)
(2.5) FOUR! Brilliant from KP, he just got on one knee and flicked Imad to fine-leg for a boundary.
Kevin Pietersen is the new man in.
(2.1) OUT! Another wicket for Karachi Kings, Asad Shafiq looked to go big against Imad Wasim, he could only find Khurram Manzoor at fine-leg. He only 2 runs off 6 balls.
Over 2 – Quetta Gladiators 4/0 (Asad 2*, Amin 0*)
(1.5) OUT! Silly run out! Amir bowled it short-ish, Watson looked to pull it but edged it on to his pads, ball just rolled to stumps and stopped, Watson had no idea where the ball was, he went for a run and all Rizwan had to was to remove the bails. He went after scoring 1 run off six deliveries.
Mohammad Amir operates from the other end.
Over 1 – Quetta Gladiators 3/0 (Asad 1*, Watson 1*)
Imad Wasim is all set to bowl for Karachi Kings, Shane Watson and Asad Shafiq are taking the crease for Gladiators.
Karachi Kings’ batsmen could not really fire today. Colin Ingram and Ravi Bopara with 41 runs off 21 balls and 24 runs off 18 balls respectively were the best batsmen for the team for the team by a distance. Other than them, Khurram Manzoor was decent with his 35 runs on 39 balls.
Shane Watson was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets for 22 runs. Whereas, Anwar Ali and Jofra Archer took two wickets apiece. Rahat Ali struck once in the inning.
Karachi Kings inning
Over 20 – Karachi Kings 149/9 (Mills 5*, Amir 0*)
(19.5) FOUR! Tymal Mills was looking to go aerial, but he edged it effectively post Sarfraz that went for a boundary.
(19.4) OUT! Shane Watson pulled his length back, Rizwan looked to pulled it but could only manage a faint nick to Sarfraz Ahmed.
(19.3) FOUR! Beautiful shot from Mohammad Rizwan, he came down the track and played it inside out for a handy boundary.
(19.2) OUT! Mohammad Irfan Jr. came out to bat, looked to hit big against Watson, he skied it with an edge which is taken by Umar Amin.
(19.1) OUT! Straight from Shane Watson, Afridi missed the ball and lost his wicket.
Shane Watson bowls the last over.
Over 19 – Karachi Kings 140/6 (Afridi 3*, Rizwan 1*)
(18.4) OUT! Archer keeps up his top bowling form, bowled a quick shot delivery that he nicked it to Sarfraz Ahmed who took a good catch behind the stumps.
Jofra Archer bowls his last over.
Over 18 – Karachi Kings 135/5 (Imad 1*, Afridi 2*)
Captain Imad Wasim at the crease now.
(17.3) OUT! Anwar Ali bowled a shorter delivery, Bopara cut it powerfully, but it went straight to Riley Russow at point.
Anwar Ali continues.
Over 17 – Karachi Kings 131/4 (Bopara 24*, Afridi 0*)
Shahid Afridi is the new man in.
(16.5) OUT! Colin Ingram’s entertaining inning ended with a bouncer from Archer, the ball probably kissed the glove on its way to hitting the helmet, which was caught by Rahat Ali at fine-leg. Ingram reviewed the decision, due to unconclusive evidence and on-field umpire’s decision in favour of bowler, third-umpire gave it a red light. He scored 41 off 21 deliveries.
(16.3) FOUR! Once again full from Archer, Bopara this time took the aerial route over long-off fielder for another boundary.
(16.2) FOUR! Not a bad delivery, it was full-ish, he played it on the up straight pass long-off fielder who was in the circle.
Archer into the attack
Over 16 – Karachi Kings 122/3 (Ingram 41*, Bopara 15*)
(15.6) FOUR! Full-toss from Rahat Ali, Ingram will not let these lose deliveries go wasted, he picked the gap beautifully at mid-wicket.
(15.2) FOUR! Slower one from Rahat Ali, Bopara picked his spot at the mid-wicket region for another boundary.
Rahat Ali bowls.
Over 15 – Karachi Kings 111/3 (Ingram 37*, Bopara 8*)
(14.6) FOUR! Strong wrsists from Ingram, it was not a bad delivery, the left-handed batsman just flicked it for a boundary at mid-wicket region.
(14.5) SIX! It was slower, full-ish, Ingram dragged it from outside off to strike it once again over bowler’s head.
(14.3) FOUR! Brilliant shot from Colin Ingram, it was full from Anwar Ali, Ingram dug it to struck it down the ground for a boundary.
Anwar Ali into the attack
Over 14 – Karachi Kings 93/3 (Ingram 20*, Bopara 7*)
Shane Watson comes back into the attack.
Over 13 – Karachi Kings 90/3 (Ingram 20*, Bopara 5*)
(12.6) FOUR! Ravi Bopara looking in great touch from the first delivery. He dance down the track and drove it through covers for a boundary, it was not a bad delivery.
Ravi Bopara is the new man in
(12.2) OUT! Khurram Manzoor’s shaky 35-run inning came to an end, he heaved a good-length delivery, could not middle it, Asad Shafiq did not make a mistake and caught it easily.
Anwar Ali bowls
Over 12 – Karachi Kings 81/2 (Khurram 33*, Ingram 18*)
(11.4) SIX! It was short, Ingram pounce on it and deposited in the crowd over mid-wicket with a pull.
(11.3) FOUR! It was quick and full, Ingram made room and struck it straight pass bowler for a boundary.
Over 11 – Karachi Kings 66/2 (Khurram 29*, Ingram 7*)
(10.1) FOUR! Ingram played a reverse sweep with great effectiveness, it was a welcome boundary after 35 balls.
Hasan Khan bowls
Over 10 – Karachi Kings 60/2 (Khurram 28*, Ingram 2*)
Colin Ingram is the new man in.
(9.1) OUT! Superb delivery from Rahat Ali, it was quick and at a good length, Babar tried to cut it but it was too close for that shot, he nicked it to Sarfraz Ahmed. He scored 10 runs on 12 deliveries.
Rahat Ali bowls.
Over 9 – Karachi Kings 57/1 (Khurram 27*, Babar 10*)
Hasan Khan continues.
Over 8 – Karachi Kings 53/1 (Khurram 25*, Babar 8*)
Rahat Ali into the attack now
Over 7 – Karachi Kings 46/1 (Khurram 22*, Babar 5*)
Hasan Khan is called into the attack
Over 6 – Karachi Kings 39/1 (Khurram 18*, Babar 2*)
Jofra Archer back into the attack
Over 5 – Karachi Kings 34/1 (Khurram 16*, Babar 0*)
(4.3) OUT! Joe Denly lost his wicket in the most embarrassing fashion, Khurram struck it straight, Watson looked to stop the ball but it clipped his fingers and went on to hit the stumps. He scored 14 runs off 14 balls.
(4.2) FOUR! Short outside off, Khurram Manzoor took his time and played it over point for a boundary, it was a classy shot!
Over 4 – Karachi Kings 30/0 (Khurram 11*, Denly 14*)
Mohammad Nawaz into the attack
Over 3 – Karachi Kings 25/0 (Khurram 8*, Denly 12*)
Shane Watson into the attack now
Over 2 – Karachi Kings 19/0 (Khurram 8*, Denly 6*)
(1.6) FOUR!A beautiful cover drive from Khurram Manzoor, he is the form of his life, it was full outside off and he made the most out of it.
(1.3) FOUR! Archer bowled it short, Denly pulled it perfectly into the gap for a boundary.
Jofra Archer into attack
Over 1 – Karachi Kings 6/0 (Khurram 1*, Denly 1*)
(0.2) FOUR! Anwar Ali bowls one on Denly’s pad, it flicked his leg and raced away to the boundary.
Khurram Manzoor and Joe Denly are there to open the inning for Karachi Kings, Anwar Ali to bowl with the new ball.
Karachi Kings: Joe Denly, Babar Azam, Ravi Bopara, Mohammad Rizwan, Imad Wasim (c), Colin Ingram, Khurram Manzoor, Tymal Mills, Mohammad Irfan Jr., Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Amir.
Quetta Gladiators: Sarfraz Ahmed, Asad Shafiq, Umar Amin, Kevin Pietersen, Riley Russow, Mohammad Nawaz, Jofra Archer, Hasan Khan, Anwar Ali, Rahat Ali, Shane Watson.
Imad Wasim won the toss and elected to bat first.
Karachi Kings did not have the best of outings against Quetta Gladiators in the past two seasons of Pakistan Super League as they lost all four contests against them. But, results can be this time as Karachi Kings look like a different side with Imad Wasim as the captain and Shahid Afridi with him. Sarfraz Ahmed will look to get his side over the line as the most successful side of the PSL failed to lift the gold despite playing final twice.
The contest between Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators is expected to be a mouthwatering one.