15th Match, Dubai, Feb 23 2017, Pakistan Super League
(19/20 ov, target 155)158/4
Gladiators won by 6 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)
player of the match
Quetta Gladiators
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• The Report by Danyal Rasool

Clinical Quetta clinch playoff berth with victory

Quetta Gladiators dominated Karachi Kings to win by six wickets in what was arguably the most lopsided match of PSL 2017

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Scorer: Thilak Ram
Commentator: Varun Shetty
Scorecard summary
Karachi Kings154/6(20 overs)
Babar Azam36 (37)
Anwar Ali2/30(4)
Quetta Gladiators158/4(19 overs)
Asad Shafiq51 (38)
Usama Mir1/39(4)
end of over 1911 runs
QG: 158/4CRR: 8.31 
Sarfaraz Ahmed19 (17)
Mahmudullah8 (4)
Mohammad Amir4-1-27-0
Usama Mir4-0-39-1

11.50pm Alright, that's it from us. Thanks for joining us today. Hope you had a good time. We'll be back tomorrow - Akshay will take you through the early game, and I will return for the late one, and hopefully get my units of measurement correct. Good night.

Sarfraz: I was confident that Mahmudullah will perform and it was nice that he removed some of their big players. We don't look at the team on paper, we just try and give it all in the ground.

Sanga: We had a good start and fell 30 short. We didn't run well at all, between 7 and 12 overs. Strike rotation wasn't great and the boundaries weren't coming either, so it made it tough. They outplayed us. We should've got 190. we tried hard with the ball, but the start wasn't ideal. We've to win two, so - onwards and upwards

Mahmudullah: I'm happy, that's the way I wanted to bowl. Happy to contribute to the team. I wasn't expecting too much turn, but it was surprising. I just wanted to hit a good length and I did. I'm having a good time in the PSL.

11.45pm Mahmudullah is the Man of the Match

11.32pm that's the match for Quetta Gladiators. You would've backed them to win this comfortably after Karachi's draggy 154. They did it too - despite that one bizzare over where they lost 3 wickets. Great knocks from the openers pretty much threw Karachi's coffin in the pit. They have some work to climb back out while the muddy showers of elimination rain down on them. They're stuck to the bottom of the table.

Quetta look solid and this is on a day when KP and Rossouw didn't get going. Mahmudullah was superb with the ball, along with Anwar, Mills and Hasan.
Karachi have to figure out their next move - a visibly struggling Gayle is the easiest target after a comprehensive loss. Will they bring the axe down? Will they back him after he's spent time in the middle? Hard to guess, but they're running out of time.

Amir to Sarfaraz, FOUR runs

short and wide outside off, lifts it neatly over point with his cut and keeps his team rooted to the top position and assuredly into the play-offs

Here we go...

Amir to Sarfaraz, (no ball)

bouncer at middle stump, cramps him up, he let's it go...but he's overstepped. Free hit

Amir to Mahmudullah, 1 run

back of a length outside off, under-edges his late cut, straight to point

Amir to Mahmudullah, 2 runs

full on the pads, flicked out to deep square leg

Amir to Sarfaraz, 1 run

good length outside off from around, driven to mid-off's left

Amir to Mahmudullah, 1 run

back of a length, angled across off stump, steps out and tries to pummel this on the up over cover, thick outside edge to third man

Amir to Sarfaraz, 1 leg bye

slowre bouncer at middle stump, through the shot early and it hits him plush on the helmet as he closes his eyes on this. He runs through and is fine

AHSAN: "Does Karachi Kings still have any chance to stay in PSL?" --- Yes.

end of over 186 runs • 1 wicket
QG: 147/4CRR: 8.16 RRR: 4.00 • Need 8 from 12b
Mahmudullah4 (1)
Sarfaraz Ahmed14 (13)
Usama Mir4-0-39-1
Shoaib Malik1-0-5-0
Usama Mir to Mahmudullah, FOUR runs

good length outside off, goes for the reverse sweep first ball and gets it past slip

Usama Mir to Sarfaraz, 1 run

flighted, good length at middle, goes forward and whips across the turn to long-on

Usama Mir to Rossouw, OUT

googly at leg stump, he feels the pressure, steps out, not to the pitch as he throws an ugly swipe at it. Top edge flies between Sanga and short fine. Sanga calls for it and puts out the gloves away from his body after running a couple of yards backwards

Rilee Rossouw c †Sangakkara b Usama Mir 15 (16b 1x4 0x6) SR: 93.75
Usama Mir to Rossouw, no run

googly, good length outside off, yet another poke, beaten yet again

Usama Mir to Sarfaraz, 1 run

good length at off, looped nicely, goes for the inside-out shot over cover but isn't to the pitch and gets a thick outside edge that falls just short of short third man

Usama Mir to Sarfaraz, no run

dropped short at off stump, cut straight to point

end of over 175 runs
QG: 141/3CRR: 8.29 RRR: 4.67 • Need 14 from 18b
Rilee Rossouw15 (14)
Sarfaraz Ahmed12 (10)
Shoaib Malik1-0-5-0
Usama Mir3-0-33-0
Malik to Rossouw, no run

full outside off, enough of the poking he says, goes for the reverse sweep, but misses that too

Malik to Rossouw, no run

good length off, pokes at it, beaten. Good offspinner's ball

Malik to Sarfaraz, 1 run

good length on the pads, pushed to deep square

Malik to Rossouw, 3 runs

good length at middle stump, goes for the drive, not to the pitch, outside edge rolls away through the empty first slip region

Malik to Rossouw, no run

good length outside off, slapped to covers

ibneHasan4: "Not for a single moment in this innings, Sangakkara has smiled or even tried to look a bit relaxed.. Looked so crossed today from the moment Gayle walked out to bat!"

Malik to Rossouw, 1 wide

fired down the leg side, lets it go

Malik to Rossouw, no run

good length at leg stump, backs away and punches it to cover

Rizwan Sadiq: "Shehzad has been on the bad side of management for too long, so this is a good change in attitude. Inzi are you watching?"

Match details
Dubai International Cricket Stadium
TossQuetta Gladiators, elected to field first
SeriesPakistan Super League
Player Of The Match
Match days23 February 2017 - day(20-over match)
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Aleem Dar
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Ranmore Martinesz
TV Umpire
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Ahsan Raza
Reserve Umpire
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Mohammed Anees
Match Referee
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Shozab Raza
PointsQuetta Gladiators 2, Karachi Kings 0