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Quetta Gladiators finally claimed their second win in Pakistan Super League 8, beating Karachi Kings by 4 wickets after a thrilling encounter. Martin Guptill played a responsible innings of unbeaten 86 runs.
Quetta Gladiators faced difficulties from the first overs chasing the target of 165 runs and lost 5 wickets for 63 runs but on this occasion captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and Martin Guptill added valuable 95 runs for the team.
Martin Guptill remained unbeaten on 86 runs off 56 balls with 4 sixes and 9 fours, Dwayne Pretorius scored 10 runs off 3 balls with 2 fours.
Sarfaraz Ahmed 29, Umair Yousaf 8, Mohammad Nawaz 15, Iftikhar Ahmed 4, Najeebullah Zardan one and Umar Akmal scored 9 runs.
For Karachi Kings, Tabriz Shamsi took 2, Aamir Yamin, James Fowler and Muhammad Musa took one each.
Martin Guptill was named Man of the Match for his brilliant knock and played a crucial role in the win.
Earlier, in the 22nd match of PSL 8 played in Rawalpindi, Quetta Gladiators won the toss and invited Karachi Kings to bat. Karachi Kings scored 164 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in the allotted 20 overs.
Karachi Kings received a major shock in the form of Matthew Wade’s wicket on the very first ball but Adam Rosington batted brilliantly and scored 69 runs off 45 balls with the help of 10 fours and a six, Imad Wasim scored 30 runs, Aamir Yameen scored 23 runs off 11 balls with the help of 2 sixes and a four.
Tayyab Tahir 7, Qasim Akram 8, Shoaib Malik 13 and James Fowler scored 5 runs.
On behalf of Quetta Gladiators, Naseem Shah and Amil Khan scored 2, 2 while Muhammad Nawaz and Naveen ul Haq dismissed one player each.
It should be noted that Quetta Gladiators are sixth with 2 points while Karachi Kings are 5th with 4 points.
He said that 4 changes have been made in today’s match, Will Asmead, Yasir Ali, Odin Smith and Umeed Asif will not play today’s match, Umir bin Yousaf, Martin Guptill, Devin Pretorius and Amil Khan are part of the team instead. .
Sarfraz Ahmed said we still have a chance, talked to the guys to improve the field which can change the result.
Karachi Kings captain Imad Wasim says we are not out of the tournament yet, wicket is good for batting, more than 180 runs need to be scored.