Azam, Sarfaraz steer Quetta Gladiators to win over Karachi Kings
In the sixth match of the Pakistan Super League 2020, Quetta Gladiators defeated Karachi Kings by five wickets.
The Gladiators surpassed Karachi Kings’ target of 157 runs losing half of their wickets and there was one over to spare courtesy to a solid 85-run partnership between Azam Khan and Sarfaraz Ahmed.
Gladiators were under pressure at one stage when they lost 3 wickets within 55 runs. Jason Roy was run out for 17 (20) by Imad Wasim followed by an abrupt shot-making from Ahmad Shehzad that caused him to be dismissed on 11 runs off 9 balls.
In the middle of the Gladiators’ innings, Australian all-rounder Shane Watson entertained the crowd with two huge sixes and two fours in his 27 run innings.
Youngster Azam Khan became the highest scorer for Quetta Gladiators before fall short of wickets against Amir’s throw while trying to respond to Sarfraz’s call. He collected 46 from 30 balls.
In the first innings, Karachi Kings won the toss and decided to bat first.
Although losing wickets at regular interval, the Kings managed to post 156 on board. Babar Azam was the first to go after scoring a quick 26 off 23. He was bowled out by Tymal Mills. Sharjeel Khan soon followed Azam caught and bowled by Mohammad Nawaz.
Cameron Delport started hitting things of for the Kings but went back to the pavilion after scoring a quick 22 off 12 balls.
As Mohammad Hasnain trapped Chris Walton short of the crease, Karachi Kings lost their fourth wicket. Alex Hales also departed scoring 29.
So far, Karachi defeated Peshawar Zalmi by 10 runs on Friday. On the other hand, Quetta started their PSL campaign with a three-wicket victory against Islamabad United in the opening fixture of the tournament. But they lost their second game to Peshawar which the later won by six-wicket.