The second game of the Pakistan Super League 2018 saw Karachi Kings come up trumps against Quetta Gladiators. Two-time finalists produced a timid display with the bat to lose the game by 19 runs. Karachi Kings looked good and seized crucial moments in the game.
Quetta Gladiators got off to a worse possible start as Shane Watson was run-out in a strange way while Asad Shafiq was dismissed by Karachi Kings captain Imad Wasim for just 2 runs. Right-arm quick Mohammad Irfan Jr. got rid of Kevin Pietersen early as he a harmless delivery to short mid-wicket to see Quetta reeling at 15 for 3 after 4.1 overs.
Rilee Rossouw came to the crease and tried to rebuild innings with Umar Amin. Left-arm spinner Imad dismissed Rossouw at a critical juncture to see Kings gain control of the game.
Shahid Afridi came into the attack and got rid of Gladiators captain Sarfaraz Ahmed to see the side lose their fifth wicket. Afridi once again produced a moment of brilliance as he took blinder of a catch at the long-on boundary to get rid of Umar Amin. Mohammad Nawaz late strikes could not help Quetta Gladiators get over the line as Karachi Kings completed a comfortable victory.
Earlier in the day, Karachi captain Imad Wasim won the toss and opted to bat first. Karachi made a cautious start to the innings and scored 30 runs after 4 overs. Khurram Manzoor played well for 35 runs to provide a good start to the innings. Joe Denly and Babar Azam got off to starts but failed to go big in their innings.
South Africa’s Colin Ingram was the man of the moment with the bat for Kings as he scored 41 runs in just 21 balls to help Kings put a decent total on the board. Ravi Bopara made crucial at the end to see Karachi Kings post 149 runs in 20 overs.
Quetta Gladiators will rue the fact their batting let them down in this game. Karachi Kings will be pleased with their performance in the first game of the competition.
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