Today the Quetta Gladiators beat the Karachi Kings by 8 wickets. Here is the ball-by-ball analysis and scorecard.
Ahmed Shahzad scored 71 and his 92 run opening partnership with Luke Wright eased the Gladiators win over the Kings by 8 wickets. The side chased down a target of 148 with 16 balls to spare, notching up their second big victory in as many games.
Shahzad and Wright took charge of the chase and Wright survived a controversial LBW decision in the first over bowled by Imad Wasim. Mohammed Amir slowed down the run-rate for a couple of overs but the pair targeted the other bowlers. They got 34 runs from Shakib’s 3 overs, including a 16 run over in which both the batsman hit sixes on the leg-side. By the 10th over, the Gladiators wer 82 for 0 and Shahzad made sure that they did not perish after Wright fell to Imad Wasim in the 12th over.
He brought up his fifty off 35 balls with a six over long-on and hastened Quetta’s march to victory with successive fours off Shakib. By the time he fell in the 16th over, Quetta needed 10 runs off four overs and were steered home calmly by Kevin Pietersen, who finished the game with a six. Shehzad struck five fours and four sixes in his 46-ball stay at the crease.
In the first innings, the lack of partnerships hurt Karachi after they were put into bat. James Vince was the only one who got going in the top 4, producing a 33 ball 30, before a rapid partnership between Ravi Bopara and Shoaib Malik of 69 which put a respectable total on the board for the Kings.
The pair helped Karachi pile up 63 runs off the last six overs before they both fell in the final over of the innings. Bopara’s 29-ball 40 included three boundaries, while Mohammad Nabi and Anwar Ali picked up two wickets apiece for the Gladiators.
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