In the 15th match of PSL 4- Quetta Gladiators vs Karachi Kings, Colin Ingram’s brilliant 100 allowed Karachi to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat as Quetta fell to their demise for the first time in this year’s PSL.
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Quetta was up against Karachi in the final match of the day. Quetta had won all their previous matches whereas Karachi were in desperate need of a miracle, having lost 3 of their 4. Head to head, Quetta led with 5 wins out of 6 as opposed to Karachi, who only had one win. Winning the toss, Karachi sent in Quetta to bat first for the first time in this tournament.
Batting first, Shane Watson and Ahsan Ali opened the batting. Ahsan Ali had another disappointing evening, falling for just 7 runs, Aamer Yamin inducing a healthy edge through to the keeper. Shane Watson and Rilee Rossouw had a decent partnership of 47 before Watson faltered. His innings consisted of 4 boundaries including 2 maximums before he top-edged one into the hands of Sohail Khan.
Umar Akmal joined the scenes and he instantly made an impact, continuing his fine form. Both, him and Rossouw, put up a 63 run stand from just 47 balls. Rossouw narrowly missed on his half-century as he fell for 44 from 32. Yamin roared in delight as Rossouw tried to clear his front leg and launch it out of the ground, but he swiped at thin air and had to depart. The middle stump was uprooted as Yamin got his 2nd of the night.
Umar Akmal kept on playing his natural game as he brought up yet another half-century. With 5 sixes, he scored 55 from just 37 balls before miscuing a full-toss down to long off and giving Yamin his 3rd of the night, who was the pick of the night for the kings. Dwayne Smith’s struggles at the crease came to an end as he scored a mere 9 from 15 balls as Aamir claimed his prize but it was not before Anwar Ali had played a blinder, hitting 3 consecutive sixes and taking Quetta out of a bit of a stalemate.
Anwar Ali hit his 4th six on the last ball of the innings as Quetta ended with a daunting total of 186/5 on the board in their 20 overs. Aamer Yamin stood out with his figures of 3 for 37 in his 4.
In response, Karachi once again got off to a poor start. Quetta, just like Peshawar, had been picking early wickets in this tournament and they did just that. Babar Azam, the guy Karachi have so heavily relied on, spooned an out-swinger straight to backward point. Sohail Tanvir, top wicket-taker in Powerplays in T20I cricket, showed why he is one of the best in the limited format as he got his 1st wicket. Karachi’s woeful start continued as Munro soon fell after. Nawaz’s half-tracker was hit straight to backward square leg as a soft dismissal left Karachi in a very precarious situation.
With 4/2 in 2 overs, Awais Zia and Colin Ingram steadied the ship as they put up a 50 run stand. Fawad Ahmed was brought into the attack and he dealt all sorts of troubles to Awais. He was unable to read his wrong ones and he feathered one to Sarfaraz.
Karachi needed someone to stand up and they found the perfect guy in Colin Ingram. He played a very brave and handsome inning as he put up an 89 run stand with Livingstone.
Hitting 9 fours and a massive 6 sixes, he became the first oversea’s player in PSL history to score a century.
Sohail Tanvir came back into the attack and made an instant impact. He got Livingstone for a simple caught and bowled who went for 18. He should have been brought a bit earlier but it was a tad too late as Ingram continued the onslaught. He was unstoppable and he hit a mammoth 121 not out, 12 fours and 7 sixes, as he finished off proceedings with a six and steered Karachi to a much-needed win by 5 wickets.
Sarfaraz would be extremely disappointed at their bowlers but he should have brought on Sohail Tanvir earlier into the attack but missed his opportunity. Karachi, on the other hand, needed a bit of magic and boy did they get it in style.
Hitting a mammoth 127*, Colin Ingram:
- Becomes the first oversea’s player ever to hit a century in PSL history
- Gets the record for the highest individual score in Pakistan Super League, taking over Sharjeel Khan’s score of 117
Moment of the Match
There were a lot of moments in today’s action-packed match, Anwar Ali’s 4 maximums, Livingstone hitting a six out of the stadium and a guy actually throwing the ball back but the man of the moment has to be Colin Ingram, hands down.
Man of the Match
Colin Ingram got the man of the match for his brilliant inning of 127 (not out).
After a day’s break, Islamabad United take on Multan Sultans on Tuesday, 26th February.
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