The Quetta Gladiators elected to bat first against the Karachi Kings at the Dubai stadium. Both the sides remained unchanged for this match as they looked to carry on the momentum from their previous victories.
Noman Anwar and Lendl Simmons came out to open the innings for the Karachi Kings. Anwar Ali opened the bowling for the Quetta Gladiators. A ball jagged back from Anwar Ali and missed everything as the Karachi Kings opened their account with 4 byes. Noman Anwar scooped a shot straight to the fielder at third man and was dismissed for a first ball duck.
At the end of first over KK were 5/1.
James Vince was the new batsman for the Karachi Kings as Zulfiqar Babar bowled a maiden over in the secon over of the match.
Karachi Kings 5/1 overs 2.
Lendl Simmons smacked Anwar Ali for a massive six of the second ball of the over. Anwar Ali conceded 11 runs in this over.
At the end of 3 overs Karachi Kings were 16/1.
In the 4th over Akbar Rehman took a nasty blow on his face when a edge flew towards him at the first slip position during Zulfiqar’s over. He made his way off the field due for further treatment on this injury.
At the end of 4 overs the Karachi Kings side were 18/1.
Umar Gul was asked to bowl the fifth over of the match. James Vince smashed towards the leg side and hence ensured that they scored 11 runs of this over. Umar Gul bowled couple of good fuller length deliveries in this over which was a pleasant sight.
At the end of 5 overs Karachi Kings were 29/1.
The left arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz who took 4 wickets in the first match was called upon to bowl the final over of the power play. Nawaz dismissed Lendl Simmons and gave his side the edge in the first few overs over the kings. Simmons scored 11 runs of 19 balls.
At the end of 6 overs Karachi Kings were 30/2.
Umar Gul bowled a decent over and kept the batsman under check which included the new batsman Shakib and the now set James Vince.
At the end of 7 overs Karachi Kings were 37/2.
The Quetta Gladiators brought on Mohammad Nabi who bowled a tight over against the likes of Shakib and Vince and made sure that Karachi struggles to gain any sort of momentum.
Karachi Kings were 44/2 at the end of 8 overs.
Mohammad Nawaz bowled the 8th over and an interesting battle between him and Vince started developing as both players of them looked to outplay each other. Vince was on 27 while Shakib was on 5 at the end of the over.
At the end of 9 overs Karachi Kings were 49/2.
Mohammad Nabi struck gold in the 10th over when he dismissed James Vince for 30 runs off 32 balls as his stay at the wicket came to an end. Shoaib Malik was the new batsman in who is also the captain of the KK side.
At the end of 10 overs Karachi Kings were 57/3.
Both the batsman remained reserve as they looked to lay a solid platform for a last few overs.
At the end of 11 overs Karachi Kings were 63/3.
Nabi dismissed Shakib for 17 runs as he was clean bowled of the 4th ball of the 12th over. Ravi Bopara was the new batsman.
At the end of 12 overs Karachi Kings were 72/4.
Another tight over from Zulfiqar Babar tightened the screws and kept the Quetta Gladiators on top.
At the end of 13 overs Karachi Kings were 77/4.
Mohammad Nawaz bowled the 14th over of the match and finished his bowling spell with figures of 19/1. Ravi Bopara was on 14 while Shoaib Malik is on 5.
At the end of 14 overs Karachi Kings were 84/4.
A couple of boundaries in the 15th over, one each from both Bopara and Malik, earned the kings 11 runs of the over as the team looked to gain some momentum. The crowd meanwhile waited in anticipation that some lusty blows will be struck by the Karachi Kings batsmen.
At the end of 15 overs Karachi Kings were 95/4.
The 16th over of the match yielded 8 runs with the help of a boundary of the 2nd ball of the over.
At the end of 16 overs Karachi Kings were 103/4.
Zulfiqar Babar cleverly bowled the 17th over the match as Karachi Kings moved along to 114 at the end of the over. A six from Shoaib Malik was instrumental in getting 11 runs off this over.
At the end of 17 overs Karachi Kings were 114/4.
Another tight over from Anwar Ali did not let the match slip away from the grip of the Quetta Gladiators.
At the end of 18 overs Karachi Kings were 122/4.
Umar Gul conceded 12 runs of the 19th over . Ahmed Shehzad miss fielded one of the final ball of the over which meant that Karachi got 4 runs off the last ball.
At the end of 19 overs Karachi Kings were 134/4.
The final over began with a boundary as Anwar Ali bowled a short one which was asking for punishment. Bopara vanished trying to hit another six as Anwar Ali removed him for 40 runs. Shoaib Malik and Imad Wasim were dismissed trying to up the anti. The Karachi Kings finished at 147/7 in 20 overs.
At the end of 20 overs Karachi Kings 147/7
Target 148 for Quetta Gladiators
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Karachi Kings will need to pick up early wickets in order to contain the explosive Quetta top order. The likes of Luke Wright and Kevin Pietersen will hold the key for the Quetta Gladiators if they want to chase down this total and register their second consecutive win in the tournament.
The action from the second innings !!
The Gladiators scored three runs of the first over with both batsmen, Luke Wright and Ahmed Shehzad, getting off the mark. Imad Wasim bowled the first over and a huge shout from him, which was clearly out, was not given by the umpire.
At the end of first over Quetta Gladiators were 3/0.
Two boundaries in the second over propelled Quetta to a score of 14 at the end of second over. Shakib Al Hasan was unable to lay an sort of impact in this over.
At the end of second over Quetta Gladiator reached 14/0.
Amir cam into the attack and bowled a tight over as he conceded just three runs as the batsman failed to get him away for runs.
At the end of three overs Quetta Gladiators were 17/0.
At the end of four overs Quetta Gladiators were 23/0.
Although Mohammad Amir conceded a four off the third ball of the over but he managed to contain the over to just 6 runs.
At the end of 5 overs Quetta Gladiators were 29/0.
Quetta ended the power play at a score of 39 without loosing any wicket and laid a sold formation for a successful run chase. Wright was on 20 while Shehzad was on 18 runs.
At the end of 6 overs Quetta Gladiators were 39/0.
Iftikhar Ahmed dropped a relatively simple catch at the boundary line of Luke Wright and Shakib Al Hasan was denied a wicket. 7 runs came off this over.
At the end of 7 overs Quetta Gladiators were 46/0.
Shehzad and Wright kept on milking the bowlers for singles here and there but Malik bowled a pretty decent first over.
At the end of 8 overs Quetta Gladiators were 52/0.
Two sixes in Shakib’s over, one each from Wright and Shehzad, ensured that there were no jitters in the Quetta Gladiators run chase.
At the end of 9 overs Quetta Gladiators were 68/0.
Lusty blows from Ahmed Shehzad kept the Quetta Gladiators on track for victory. This is turning out to be an amzing partnership between the two players as the Quetta side marched on.
At the end of 10 overs Quetta Gladiators were 82/0.
The Karachi side finally took a wicket through Imad Wasim as he dismissed Luke Wright for 47 runs off 39 balls.
At the end of 11 overs Quetta Gladiators were 92/1.
At the end of 12 overs Quetta Gladiators were 99/1.
Ahmed Shehzad kept on scoring runs at a fast pace as he smashed a four and a six in the same over. Imad Wasim seemed to have no answer for this onslaught from the Quetta opener.
At the end of 13 overs Quetta Gladiators were 111/1.
At the end of 14 overs Quetta Gladiators were 122/1.
Ahmed Shehzad marched to 63 while KP moved to 15 runs.
At the end of 15 overs Quetta Gladiators were 129/1.
Ahmed Shehzad was finally dismissed for 71 runs by Shakib Al Hasan. Ahmed played a magnificent knock which surely turned out to be a match winning innings.
At the end of 16 overs Quetta Gladiators were 138/2.
Quetta Gladiators won the match by 8 wickets and with 16 balls to spare. Ahmed Shehzad was their top scorer with 71 runs while Luke Wright scored 47 runs. KP finished the match in style as he smacked Iftikhar Ahmed for a six.
Quetta thrash the Karachi Kings by 8 wickets and the top of the table.