11th Match, Sharjah, Feb 18 2017, Pakistan Super League
(18.5/20 ov, target 201)202/5
Gladiators won by 5 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
player of the match
Kevin Pietersen
Quetta Gladiators
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• The Report by Danyal Rasool

Pietersen's blitz blindsides Lahore

Quetta Gladiators smashed 63 runs off their last 17 balls - led by Kevin Pietersen at his world-beating best - to stun Lahore Qalandars by five wickets in Sharjah

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Scorecard summary
Lahore Qalandars200/3(20 overs)
Quetta Gladiators202/5(18.5 overs)

6.45pm KP is greeted by Sir Viv. Déjà vu for Lahore. They ran up 201 last season against Quetta and came up short. This time they had 200 and lost again. They seemed to be ahead until the slog overs. Their bowlers lost their lengths and heads and fed KP and Sarfraz who ransacked 101 in 45 balls. Anwar Ali then added to the finishing sparkle. That 21-run Narine last over was probably the turning point of the chase.

Kevin Pietersen, Man of the Match: It was not bad, especially after two first-ballers. It was a thrilling game and we were able to entertain the crowd. Credit to the ground-staff, this wicket is fantastic to the batsmen, not so much for the bowlers. Sarfraz's knock was outstanding. It was not just one player. The way Rossouw started, and Sarfraz batted, it was just a team effort. Not much was spoken after the first innings.

Baz: Unbelievable innings. That innings [from Pietersen] was right out of the top draw. We played well but ran second to some amazing batting. World-class players impose themselves on games. We were in charge until the last four overs. Tough losing games like this. To post 200 was brilliant, an above-par score. But you could do nothing when KP plays like that.

That is all we have for you from this match. Do join us for the Islamabad-Peshawar clash. Ciao.

Salim: "78 runs in last 3.5 overs....KP once again proved to be one of the biggest power houses of T20"

saidrahman zadr: "Thr best chase i have ever seen in history of #PSL"

Alamin: "KP! Remember the name"

Saaib Uppal: "Quetta required 68 runs off 25 balls. They ended up only needing 18!"

Tanvir to Anwar Ali, FOUR runs

length and outside off, Anwar Ali goes downtown again and seals victory for Quetta. Some stunning power-hitting from them at the death. Quetta move to the top of the table

Mube: "21 to Narine - 26 to Irfan - Game change"

Tanvir to Anwar Ali, 2 runs

dragged short and outside off, uses the pace and runs it down to third man

Tanvir to Anwar Ali, SIX runs

first-ball six for Anwar. So, that is why he has been sent ahead of Mahmudullah. Full and outside off, swings through the line and hits over long-off

Anwar Ali ahead of Mahmudullah

Tanvir to Sarfaraz, OUT

and Sarfraz nicks behind with his side 11 away from the target. He receives a rousing reception from the dug-out. Sarfraz backs away outside leg, this is a back of a length delivery outside off. He throws his bat at the ball and edges it behind. Carries low to Rizwan

Sarfaraz Ahmed c †Mohammad Rizwan b Sohail Tanvir 45 (25b 3x4 3x6) SR: 180
Tanvir to Sarfaraz, FOUR runs

pitched up and outside off. Lahore are not getting their lengths right. Sarfraz backs away and merrily lifts it over cover

Em Jay: "7 sixes in last three overs. Jesus!!"

end of over 1826 runs
QG: 186/4CRR: 10.33 RRR: 7.50 • Need 15 from 12b
Kevin Pietersen88 (42)
Sarfaraz Ahmed41 (23)
Mohammad Irfan4-0-48-2
Sunil Narine4-0-38-0
Mohammad Irfan (4) to Pietersen, SIX runs

KP seems unstoppable. Make it a hat-trick of sixes. Fractionally short and outside off, KP is quick to rock back and pull it over wide long-on. 47 off last two overs. Whoa

Mohammad Irfan (4) to Pietersen, SIX runs

yet another off-stump full-toss. KP goes much straighter now. Pings this over the long-on boundary. Poor death bowling from Lahore

Mohammad Irfan (4) to Pietersen, SIX runs

Irfan Jnr loses his length and loses his head. Offers another full-toss on off stump, which is clobbered over midwicket

Mohammad Irfan (4) to Sarfaraz, 1 run
Mohammad Irfan (4) to Pietersen, 1 run

Sarfraz backs away outside leg, this is very full on off, not a yorker though, jammed out to sweeper cover

Mohammad Irfan (4) to Pietersen, SIX runs

full-toss on middle stump, KP hammers it over the straight boundary for another six

Irfan Jnr

end of over 1721 runs
QG: 160/4CRR: 9.41 RRR: 13.67 • Need 41 from 18b
Kevin Pietersen63 (37)
Sarfaraz Ahmed40 (22)
Sunil Narine4-0-38-0
Sohail Tanvir3-0-31-1
Narine to Pietersen, 1 run

short of a length on off, a back-foot punch to cover ensues. 21 off that over

Narine to Sarfaraz, 1 run

swished to wide long-off

Narine conceded only 17 off his first three overs. He has already conceded 19 off four balls

Narine to Sarfaraz, SIX runs

full on off, right in the slot for Sarfraz. He dismisses it over midwicket with a powerful slog-sweep. That exploded from the middle of the bat. Sir Viv enjoyed that too. Narine under pressure, though

Adnan: "Lahore need to break this partnership and it's all over for Quetta"

Narine to Pietersen, 1 run

full and outside off, smeared back to the bowler. Narine sticks his left hand out and takes a stinging blow

Hassan: "Fakhar Zaman can also bowl. He can be used as spin bowler."

Narine to Pietersen, SIX runs

back-to-back sixes off Narine. This is massive. Length ball outside off, clubbed away a long waaaaay over wide long-on. Sarfraz pumps his fist and Sir Viv is up on his feet in the Quetta dug-out

Narine to Pietersen, SIX runs

tossed-up offbreak on off stump, KP launches it with the spin over midwicket. That's some way to get to a fifty. Good start to the over for Quetta

Narine to bowl his last over.

end of over 1615 runs
QG: 139/4CRR: 8.68 RRR: 15.50 • Need 62 from 24b
Sarfaraz Ahmed33 (20)
Kevin Pietersen49 (33)
Sohail Tanvir3-0-31-1
Yasir Shah4-0-31-0
Tanvir to Sarfaraz, SIX runs

Sarfraz and KP are keeping Quetta alive. Length and outside off, Sarfraz swings across the line and crashes Sohail over long-on

Tanvir to Pietersen, 1 run

slower short ball on leg stump, swatted to deep midwicket

Tanvir to Sarfaraz, 1 run

slower short ball outside off, Sarfraz slogs early and sends an inside edge to short fine leg

Match details
Sharjah Cricket Stadium
TossQuetta Gladiators, elected to field first
SeriesPakistan Super League
Player Of The Match
Kevin Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen
Match days18 February 2017 - day(20-over match)
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Rashid Riaz
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Shozab Raza
TV Umpire
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Ahmed Shahab
Reserve Umpire
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Asif Yaqoob
Match Referee
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Roshan Mahanama
PointsQuetta Gladiators 2, Lahore Qalandars 0