Dubai (February 23, 2018): Karachi Kings commenced the PSL 3 with winning note and defeated Quetta Gladiators by 19 runs.
Young Imad led Karachi kings successfully defended their target of 150, restricting Quetta to 130-9 to claim a 19-run victory in their season opener.
Opener Shane Watson was run out after a bad mix-up for a mere 1 run.
Asad Shafiq was removed soon after by Imad Wasim for 2, with Quetta at 4-2.
Kevin Pietersen, playing in his last tournament as a professional cricketer, was dismissed for a shock 6 runs, caught by Ravi Bopara off Tymal Mills.Some high shots by Rossouw took away some of the pressure from Sarfraz XI. But he was caught in the deep after scoring 18, as Quetta were reduced to 45-4.Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed was dismissed lbw for 7, leaving Quetta struggling at 66-5.
Earlier, Karachi Kings set a reasonable target of 150 runs against Quetta Gladiators in today’s first match at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Karachi Kings scored 149 runs for the loss of nine wickets as none of their batsmen could reach fifty against Quetta Gladiators.
The main scorers for the Kings were South African Colin Ingram (41) and Pakistan’s Khurram Manzoor (35).
For Gladiators, Australian pace bowler Shane Watson claimed three wickets while young West Indian pacer Jofra Archer and Pakistan’s Anwar Ali took two wickets each.
Earlier, Kings, captained by Imad Wasim in this year’s Pakistan Super League (PSL), won the toss and opted to bat first.Joe Denly was run out by Shane Watson for 14, leaving Kings at 34-1.
Babar Azam, the next man in, was caught behind off a Rahat Ali delivery for 10.
Khurram Manzoor, after a promising start, was caught in the deep for 35 off Anwar Ali, as Kings struggled at 83-3 after 12.2 overs.But an aggressive batting display by Colin Ingram lifted the team. He was caught at 41 (made off 21 balls).
Here’s a look at the two teams and their key players:
Head coach: Mickey Arthur
Captain: Imad Wasim
Squad: Imad Wasim (c), Babar Azam, Joe Denly, Colin Ingram, Khurram Manzoor, Lendl Simmons, Saifullah Bangash, Eoin Morgan, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammed Taha, Tabish Khan, Ravi Bopara, Hasan Mohsin, Shahid Afridi, David Wiese, Usama Mir, Tymal Mills, Mohammad Amir, Usman Khan Shinwari
Head coach: Moin Khan
Captain: Sarfraz Ahmed
Squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Rilee Rossouw, Jason Roy, Kevin Pietersen, Rameez Raja, Asad Shafiq, Shane Watson, Umar Amin, Mohammad Nawaz, Mahmudullah, Jofra Archer, Saad Ali, Saud Shakeel, Rashid Khan, Anwar Ali, Hassan Khan Mohammad, Mir Hamza, Rahat Ali