Pakistan Super League 2016 February 13, 2016

Quetta thump Karachi to seal playoff spot

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Quetta Gladiators 127 for 5 (Shehzad 41, Mir 2-27) beat Karachi Kings 126 for 9 (Malik 45, Elliott 4-15) by five wickets
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Grant Elliot collected 4 for 15 to rip through Karachi Kings' top order © PSL

Grant Elliott picked up his second consecutive Man-of-the-Match award, helping Quetta Gladiators become the first team to seal a spot in PSL playoffs following their five-wicket win against Karachi Kings in Sharjah.

Elliott followed up his 3 for 25 against Islamabad United on Thursday with a career-best 4 for 15, carving through Karachi's top order and restricting the team to a below-par 126 for 9. Karachi's captain Shoaib Malik top-scored with 45, but nobody else made more than 23, as Elliott struck at regular intervals to thwart any momentum Karachi hoped of building. Anwar Ali, Zulfiqar Babar, Aizaz Cheema and Mohammad Nabi snared a scalp apiece, as Quetta were left needing just over six an over in their chase.

Ahmed Shehzad ensured Quetta aced the small chase without any major worry, as his 27-ball 41 guided the team home inside 19 overs. Karachi kept striking blows at various points, but did not have enough left to defend with, as handy knocks from Kevin Pietersen (26) and Sarfraz Ahmed (29) lifted Quetta to their fifth win of the season.

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  • Syed_imran_abbas on February 13, 2016, 16:54 GMT

    Well played Queta and Ahmad Shahzad. Clearly sectors missed likes of Ahmad shahzad, Kamran Akmal.. Even Sami is doing very well. Very pool World Cup selection.. I would even have kept likes of Sharjeel. ISB United should get mukhtar as an opener.

  •   Belal AL Kabir on February 13, 2016, 16:20 GMT

    #psl is gireat now pakistaan team is big chance to win wt20 in india i hope i am right baddy

  • D.S.A on February 13, 2016, 16:10 GMT

    What were Karachi doing? Both batting and bowling wise, they messed up what was working. Firstly, 24 hours before this match, Bopara wins them a game single-handedly, batting at 4 and bowling his 4 overs. He bowled way too late yesterday, as Gayle was already set, but he still pulled off a phenomenal performance with the bowl. He has to be bowling earlier; I would suggest from the 7th over, and then 4 continuous overs. With the bat, why was he batting at 5 after yesterday? Geez, what geniuses...now he'll get dropped, right? On a serious note, Bopara has to be at 4 and bowl his 4 overs. Also, why was Shakib bowling all 4 of his overs, when Hamza had not even bowled? Tanvir only bowled 1 over after conceding only 5, and Bopara only ended up bowling 3 as the match did not reach the last over, yet Malik finds overs for Shakib to bowl in? With Vince not batting well, their best top 6 is: L.Simmons, N.Anwar (or insert another Pakistani opener), S.Al Hasan, R.S.Bopara, S.Malik and M.Rahim.

  • Shoaib on February 13, 2016, 15:29 GMT

    psl is paying rich dividends to elliot. he can be a key player in the upcoming world t20. saying that, i think pakistani batsmen are little too eager to finish off the game in 10 overs instead of 20.

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