PSL 2023: Quetta Gladiators won against Karachi Kings by six runs in match 06 of PSL 8. It is the first win of Quetta Gladiators in this edition of the Pakistan Super League. On the other hand. Karachi Kings has lost three consecutive matches of PSL 2023.
PSL 2023: Quetta Gladiators Wnn Against Karachi Kings – Details
Karachi Kings won the toss and decided to bowl first. Quetta Gladiators’ Martin Guptill played an aggressive inning resulting in a target of 167 runs. Though Karachi Kings’ s skipper Imad Wasim knocked two batsmen out in the very first over.
Such impressive bowling by the Karachi Kings saved them a lot of runs. However, they still were not able to do anything as Martin Guptill took the charge. Martin Guptill and Iftikhar Ahmed played a well-balanced partnership of 69 runs from 51 balls.
Similarly, Karachi Kings started off very slowly as they lost two early wickets in the powerplay. Despite Shoaib Malik’s and Irfan Khan Niazi’s aggressive batting, Karachi Kings still lost the match. Because Quetta Gladiators’ bowlers like Naseem Shah and Mohammad Hasnain defended the target very well.
Additionally, the batting performances from both sides were not satisfactory. Only two or three of them contributed to scoring against each other. For example. only Martin Guptill and Iftikhar Ahmed played a good inning for Quetta Gladiators. Similarly, Shoaib Malik and Irfan Khan Niazi did impressive batting.
However, in a T20 format match, it is ok if only two to three players give their best batting. But when it comes to the strength of the player, it raises questions. Such as why Sarfaraz is not performing in the official matches of PSL 8.
Karachi Kings Vs Quetta Gladiators Playing XIs
- Matthew Wade
- Sharjeel Khan
- Haider Ali
- Shoaib Malik
- Matthew Wade
- Imad Wasim (C)
- Irfan Khan Niazi
- Aamer Yamin
- Imran Tahir
- Andrew Tye
- Mohammad Amir
- Jason Roy
- Martin Guptill
- Abdul Bangalzai
- Sarfaraz Ahmed (C)
- Umar Akmal
- Iftikhar Ahmed
- Mohammad Nawaz
- Odean Smith
- Mohammad Hasnain
- Naseem Shah
- Qais Ahmed
Quetta Gladiators’ Batting Highlights
As mentioned earlier that Quetta Gladiators started their batting very slowly. However, one of the opening batsmen, Jason Roy got out without making any runs on the second ball of the first over Imad Wasim beautifully took the wicket of Roy by lbw or leg-before-wicket. Abdul Bangalzai replaced him but Imad dismissed him too. Bangalzai also went back with a golden duck.
Afterward, Umar Akmal replaced Bangalzai for batting but he did not have any good luck today too. On the other hand, luck was in favor of Imad Wasim in match 6 of the PSL 8. However, Martin Guptill was still on the crease, making a score for the Quetta Gladiators. Karachi Kings would not have thought that he could hit them hard if he kept batting.
Sarfaraz replaced Umar, who also got out on his fourth ball by Aamer Yamin and was caught by Irfan Khan Niazi. After Iftikhar Ahmed replaced Sarfaraz, Guptill started to hit hard and bat aggressively against the Karachi Kings. But Iftikhar Ahmed also contributed 32 runs from 27 balls. But Mohammad Amir fought back after being hit boundaries by Iftkhar and Guptill. Imran Tahir took a safe catch of Iftikhar bowled by Mohammad Amir.
After when Mohammad Nawaz came in place of Iftikhar, it was all Guptill who single-handedly came up with his fifty from 44 balls. And in the next 23 balls, he played spectacularly and scored 67 runs. In the second last over of QG’s batting by Andrew Tye, Guptill turned his beast mode on. He hit three 6s and three 4s in that over. It was the most expensive over for the Karachi Kings as Tye lost thirty runs to Guptill in a single over.
In the last over, he also hit another six to Aamer Yamin. But Aamer dismissed him on the second last ball as Niazi took the catch. Nevertheless, Guptill’s inning ended with him scoring the first century of PSL 8. Odean Smith only played two balls as Nawaz got out on the first ball of the last over by Aamer Yamin.
Karachi Kings’ Bowling Highlights
Imad’s bowling was marvelous as he took three wickets in his first two overs. Additionally, he was the most economical bowler with 3 wickets, 16 runs, and 11 dot balls from his four overs. Moreover, Aamer Yamin also bowled quite impressively and found three wickets for Karachi Kings.
Mohammad Amir also got a wicket, but Imran Tahir didn’t, Tahir’s spell did not work in this match of Karachi Kings vs Quetta Gladiators. In contrast, Andrew Tye had a tough time while bowling his last over to Guptill. It made him the least economical bowler of the match. However, he bowled really well in his first three overs.
Karachi Kings’ Batting Highlights
Karachi King’s batting was also like Quetta Gladiators. The only difference was that Karachi Kings did not have a Martin Guptill in their batting lineup. Karachi Kings lost three wickets in the powerplay.
Sharjeel Khan and Haider Ali had no luck at all in this match as both got out with zero runs unlike their performance in Karachi Kings vs Islamabad United two days ago. However, James Vince participated in KK’s batting by making 22 runs from 14 balls. Later on, Naseem Shah beautifully dismissed him and ended his inning.
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Matthew Wade and Imad Wasim were not able to bat for long as Hasnain got their wickets. Moreover, even with the partnership of 86 runs off by Shoaib Malik and Irfan Khan Niazi. Karachi Kings lost their third consecutive match in the ongoing season of the Pakistan Super League. However, Shoaib and Irfan Niazi played superbly.
Shoaib and Niazi scored 71 from 49 balls and 37 runs from 26 balls respectively. Both of them were not out at the end of this match. Meanwhile, Shoaib Malik did a fifty off 40 balls with five short and one big boundaries. It was his fifth half-century against Quetta Gladiators in his PSL career. In the end, there were 8 runs required for Karachi Kings to win the match. But it was not possible unless Odean Smith bowls a wide no ball. But it did not happen and Quetta Gladiators won this match by 6 runs.
Quetta Gladiators’ Bowling Highlights
Quetta Gladiators’ bowling was on point as Hasnain, Naseem, Nawaz, and Qais Ahmed. Nawaz took Sharjeel out in the first few overs. Qais Ahmed also bowled really well and got Haider Ali’s wicket. Moreover, Hasnain bowled fabulously and dismissed two Karachi Kings’ batsmen.
Hasnain bowled beautiful yorkers against Karachi Kings that help Quetta Gladiators defend the target. Naseem Shah’s performance was also very good in this match. Despite the due presence on the grass, QG’s bowlers saved their win by ultimate skill. Hence, in PSL 2023, Quetta Gladiators won against Karachi Kings by six runs.
In a thrilling showdown, Quetta Gladiators emerged victorious against Karachi Kings. Their exceptional teamwork, strategic gameplay, and remarkable individual performances secured their triumph. The electrifying match will be etched in the memories of cricket enthusiasts, showcasing the spirit of competition and the unpredictable nature of the game.