Recent Match Report – Kings vs Gladiators 22nd Match 2022/23

Quetta gladiators Beat 168 for 6 (Guptill 86*, Sarfaraz 29, Shamsi 2-20) Karachi kings 164 for 6 (Rossington 69, Imad 30*, Aimal 2-26) with four wickets

For the second time this season, Karachi Kings were on the verge of victory against Quetta Gladiators, only to see Martin Guptill violently snatch it from their hands. On February 18, it was a century in the first innings. Today saw an unbeaten 56-ball 86 Guptill guard his side as wickets fell on the other side before going through the gears in the last four overs to nearly take out Kings as the Gladiators’ dim hopes of reaching the playoffs faded. get kept alive.
Throughout the first 15 overs of the chase, it was painfully obvious why Gladiators were on the wrong side of the points table. There was little intent in chasing an under-par total against a disappointing Karachi bowling attack. Mohammad Nawaz, promoted to number 3 after Omaid Yousaf fell early, only managed a scratchy 15 before Mohammad Musa fired him. Iftikhar Ahmed continued to struggle with form, being trapped at the front by Tabraiz Shamsi; the review had a smaller chance of success than a lottery ticket. Shamsi followed it up by sending off Najibullah Zadran, while James Fuller returned Umar Akmal cheaply, reducing Quetta to 63 for 5 in ten overs.

Guptill was around at the other end, but there was little to presage what was to come in the last five overs. Aside from that hundred against Karachi, runs on the PSL haven’t really come for him, continuing a trend that has seen him lose form over the past year. He had shuffled along to 41 for 40, but the moment he gave Mohammad Amir a six in the 16th over, everything seemed to fall into place.

But the final blow was the 17th over where an unlucky Fuller was battered for 24 runs in an over, two sixes and three fours that changed the course of the game. Musa took a lot of punishment in the over that followed with another six and four, and Amir leaked 11 in his over to leave eight in the 20th.

Sarfaraz Ahmed, who had been passively watching from the other side, became confused, but now it was too late for Kings. Dwaine Pretorius came in and hit two bounds in three balls to seal the win, keeping Gladiators hopeful for an improbable final four berth.
Earlier, Gladiators had started well when Naseem removed Shah Kings’ platinum pick Matthew Wade from the first pitch. Much of the top order failed to make a major impact, with Tayyab Tahir and Qasim Akram falling to Aimal Khan, before a sluggish innings by Shoaib Malik brought the King’s momentum to a halt. Any momentum there was was largely due to a lone hand from Adam Rossington, whose 69 formed the backbone of the innings, helping his side prepare for a big finish at death. That finish was provided by Imad Wasim and Amir Yamin who scored 51 in the last five to give their side a total they could defend.

Three quarters of the way through the chase they had no problem defending it. But Guptill was a sleeping dragon at the time, and when he awoke, all the kings could do was watch a miserable PSL campaign go up in smoke.

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