Defending champions registered seven-wicket win in season opener
Arshad Iqbal’s outstanding bowling performance helped Karachi Kings in securing a comfortable seven-wicket win in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 season opener against Quetta Gladiators at the National Stadium in Karachi.
It was the captain of the defending champions Imad Wasim who won the toss and elected to bowl first on Saturday.
His decision proved a correct one as the Gladiators kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were eventually bowled out for just 121 in the 19th over.
Chris Gayle was the top scorer for the losing team on the night with 39 off 24 balls which included four fours and two sixes.
For the Kings, young Arshad Iqbal had an outstanding outing as he finished his quota of four overs after giving away just 16 runs and claimed three wickets in the process.
Left-arm pacer Waqas Maqsood also had a good day with the ball in hand as he registered figures of 2-21 in 2.2 overs.
In reply, Karachi chased down the target in just 13.5 overs at the expense of just three wickets.
PSL debutant Joe Clarke was the best performer with the bat on the night as he smashed 46 off just 23 balls which included six fours and three sixes.
For the Gladiators, young right-arm pacer Mohammad Hasnain was the pick of the bowlers as he claimed two wickets.
And that’s it. Karachi Kings have secured a thumping win.
OUT! Hasnain continues his impressive night with the ball as he removed dangerous Babar Azam.
KK 87-3 (10.1 overs)
Seems like the damage has been already done.
Amazing batting from the younster.
Great start for Gladiators.
We are back and both teams are out in the middle to resume the action.
So we will take a short break. Join us for the second-half.
OUT! And that’s it. Great performance from the Kings
Gladiators bowled out for just 121.
OUT! Another one for young Arshad Iqbal. Great spell from the pacer.
Hasnain departs after scoring four.
QG 111-9 (16.5 overs)
Out! Another one. Shinwari goes without scoring.
QG 106-8 (15.5 overs)
The youngster has delivered again.
A poor shot from another Quetta Gladiators player. They are in serious trouble.
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Extremely poor cricket from an experienced campaigner.
Gladiators are in serious trouble.
Another big one for the home team. Kings are clearly on top.
Quetta Gladiators’ mentor in the previous campaigns Sir Viv Richards has wished the best of luck to his team for the PSL 2021.
The legendary batsman could not join the team this year due to coronavirus pandemic.
At the end of the powerplay, QG are 49-2.
The left-hander looks in some mood tonight. An ominous sign for the home team.
Another big wicket for the home team. Quetta Gladiators’ captain Sarfaraz Ahmed departs after scoring just seven.
A great start for the home team as their captain removed dangerous Tom Banton in the very first over.
Karachi Kings: Babar Azam, Sharjeel Khan, Colin Ingram, Joe Clarke, Mohammad Nabi, Dan Christian, Imad Wasim (capt) Aamer Yamin, Waqas Maqsood, Mohammad Amir, Arshad Iqbal
Quetta Gladiators: Chris Gayle, Tom Banton, Azam Khan, Sarfaraz Ahmed (capt), Saim Ayub, Ben Cutting, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Hasnain, Qais Ahmed, Naseem Shah, Usman Shinwari
News from the centre is that Imad Wasim has won the toss and asked the Gladiators to bat first.
The game is being played at the National Stadium in Karachi.
The opening fixture is between the defending champions Karachi Kings and 2019 winners Quetta Gladiators.
Welcome to our live coverage for the first match of the sixth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).