Quetta Gladiators v Karachi Kings, PSL 2016, Dubai February 6, 2016

Shehzad 71 helps Quetta cruise to win

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Quetta Gladiators 153 for 2 (Shehzad 71, Wright 47) beat Karachi Kings 147 for 7 (Bopara 40) by eight wickets
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Ravi Bopara's 29-ball 40 gave impetus to a flagging Karachi Kings' innings © PCB

Ahmed Shehzad's stroke-filled 71 and his 92-run opening partnership with Luke Wright eased Quetta Gladiators to an eight-wicket win over Karachi Kings. The side chased down a target of 148 with 16 balls to spare, notching up their second big victory in as many games.

Shehzad and Wright took charge of the chase from the outset, after the latter survived an lbw appeal in the first over off Imad Wasim. Mohammad Amir managed to keep the pair quiet for a couple of overs but Shehzad and Wright targeted the other bowlers in the line-up to make up for it. They took 34 runs off Shakib Al Hasan's three overs during their partnership, including a 16-run over in which both Wright and Shehzad struck sixes on the leg side. By the tenth over, Quetta were a solid 82 for 0, with 66 required off 60 deliveries, and Shehzad ensured they did not relinquish their grip after Wright fell to Imad 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.

Earlier, lack of partnerships at the top of the order stalled Karachi's innings after they were put in to bat. James Vince was the only one in the top four to get to a start, accumulating a 33-ball 30, before a rapid partnership of 69 for the fifth wicket between Ravi Bopara and Shoaib Malik gave the innings some impetus.

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 Quetta.

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  • rogiebone11 on February 8, 2016, 5:34 GMT

    Good to see Ahmed Shahzad among runs. Hope he plays more such innings in Asia cup and World T20.

  • SnGomes on February 7, 2016, 13:57 GMT

    @PAKIROY IPL too much favoring batsmen is not true. Many low scoring games in it also. Big Bash actually gets bigger scores. Toss has become a factor in PSL. Chasing team wins every other match. Doesn't happen in other leagues

  • PakiRoy on February 7, 2016, 7:20 GMT

    Got to accept that wicket is terrible for a t20.IPL gets boring for too much favoring batsmen while this is the otherway round.Both r far from being ideal.Management will have to come up with better wicket as early as possible.Otherwise...............

  • Zahirshah on February 7, 2016, 6:02 GMT

    Mohammad nabi should come down early for the batting,,,,,

  • t20cric on February 7, 2016, 4:24 GMT

    A fairly easy win for Quetta in the end who seem to be one good team despite the severe lack of hype around them. Wright & Shehzad are good players & overall Quetta hasn't been challenged yet. They still have big hitters in the middle order like Chigumbura, Nabi & Anwar in case if the target is in the 170+ range. For Karachi I must say that they finished their innings in absolutely terrible fashion, I was also hoping for some big innings from Nauman to secure a place in Pakistan's wc t20 team but he hasn't done it so far. Karachi is far too dependent on all rounders as their 4-7 are all rounders. They're wasting Iftikhar by playing him as a bowler when his main strength is batting. Either he should play up the order or be dropped for a true bowler. Also I think maybe Amir should have bowled that over which Iftikhar bowled.

  • Afgun_Mujahid on February 6, 2016, 19:16 GMT

    This PSL doesn't seems to be taking its toll had it been in Pakistan I believe it would've been different it is a shame that Pakistan can't have PSL in its soil due to insecurity, But as an Afghan I am happy to see M Nabi essakhil in Q.Gladiators, he toke shakib al hassan wicket same as he did in BPL

  •   Ayaz Ahmad on February 6, 2016, 18:32 GMT

    Im really disappointed by performance of Lahore. Its frustrating to see them bat, its frustrating to see them ball, its frustrating to see them field, even wicket keeping is frustrating. What kind of team selection is that ? No specialist t20 batsmen. No all out fast bowler. No fast bowling all rounder. It seems Lahore team management thought chris gale will win them matches alone. They forgot its a team game. Chris gale out in first over means game over for lahore within first few deliveries of the match. Its a shame.

  • Naveed Raja on February 6, 2016, 18:16 GMT

    So happy with the quality of bowling and quality of cricket in Super league' keep it up guys well done

  • Usmanzaidi on February 6, 2016, 18:14 GMT

    Azhar ali is not just ruining Lahore Qalander , He is ruining the image of PSL and Pakistan cricket team. he don't deserve a place in the squad and his stats pretty much show it. Poor display of cricket

  •   Naveed Akhtar on February 6, 2016, 18:03 GMT

    I hope sharja wicket is better than this. spinners spinning from 1st over isnt what people come to watch. Its 4s and 6s what people come to watch.make batsmen work hard to score runs but make bowlers to work hard for wickets too. Low scores are boring.

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