Quetta Gladiators defeat Karachi Kings by 5 wickets in a tense thriller

KARACHI: Quetta Gladiators won their contest against Karachi Kings in Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 by five wickets at National Stadium, Karachi on Sunday.

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The defending PSL champions chased the paltry target of 157 runs in 19 overs, with five wickets remaining.

The Gladiators had faced an early setback after their opening batsman Shane Watson was run out by Chris Jordan in the sixth over.

They then lost two wickets in quick succession when Jason Roy was clean-bowled by Arshad Iqbal and Ahmed Shehzad was caught by Jordan in the very next over by Kings’ skipper Imad Wasim.

The team stabilised after Gladiators skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed joined Azam Khan on the crease.

Karachi Kings set a paltry target of 157 runs in their Pakistan Super League 2020 clash against Quetta Gladiators at National Stadium, Karachi on Sunday.

The Kings wrapped up their innings at 156 at the loss of nine wickets. Defending champions Gladiators maintained an upper hand by restricting runs and picking up quick wickets.

Mohammad Hasnain took three wickets for 33 in his four overs.

Babar Azam helped the team put early runs on the scoreboard before being bowled out at 26. Sharjeel Khan was also sent back to the stands for just six runs.

CS Delport (22) fell to Sohail Khan in the 10th over, while Alex Hales (29) was ousted by Mohammad Hasnain in the 14th over.

Karachi Kings skipper Imad Wasim (8) was run out by Gladiators’ captain Sarfaraz Ahmed in the 17th over.

Hasnain had earlier gotten rid of Chadwick Walton, who only scored one run.

Earlier, the Karachi Kings won the toss and opted to bat first.

The Kings won their first match of the fifth edition of PSL after defeating Peshawar Zalmi by 10 runs on Friday.

The Gladiators secured their first win in the opening match of PSL 2020 against Islamabad United. On Saturday, however, they were defeated by Zalmi by six wickets.

Squads:

Karachi Kings: Imad Wasim (c), Aamer Yamin, Ali Khan, Arshad Iqbal, Awais Zia, Babar Azam, Cameron Delport, Alex Hales, Iftikhar Ahmed, Chris Jordan, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Rizwan, Sharjeel Khan, Umaid Asif, Umer Khan, Usama Mir, Chadwick Walton

Quetta Gladiators: Sarfaraz Ahmed (c), Shane Watson, Abdul Nasir, Ahmed Shehzad, Ahsan Ali, Arish Ali Khan, Azam Khan, Ben Cutting, Fawad Ahmed, Khurram Manzoor, Tymal Mills, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Keemo Paul, Jason Roy, Sohail Khan, Umar Akmal

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