PSL 2019

PSL 2019 Match 28: Karachi Kings vs Quetta Gladiators (Post-Match)

PSL 2019 Match 28: Quetta Gladiators vs Karachi Kings Post match

 

In the 28th match of PSL 2019 – Karachi Kings vs Quetta Gladiators, Ahmed Shahzad falls 1 run short of a century as Shinwari snatches victory from the jaws of defeat.

Match Report

PSL 4 returned for its 2nd day in evergreen National Stadium Karachi. It was a very beautiful night, having rained heavily earlier, and the crowd was in huge numbers. Both Karachi and Quetta were coming on the backs of emphatic wins and with Quetta having already qualified, Karachi just needed to win this to qualify.

1st Innings: Great start for Karachi

Losing the toss and sent in to bat first, Karachi made the most of it in front of their home crowd. Starting off slowly, the openers got into their groove as they started hitting boundaries more freely. Targeting the shorter boundaries, the pair put up a 69 run stand before the partnership was broken by Fawad. Munro (30) tried to cut a googly but ended up edging it straight to Sarfaraz. Livingstone’s stay at the crease was short-lived and he soon fell to Nawaz for just 5.

Colin Ingram came in and scored a quick-fire 24 off just 10, 3 sixes, as Babar brought up his half-century.

Iftikhar Ahmed lights up the National Stadium!

Husnain was brought back into the attack and he made a huge impact, getting both Ingram, LBW for 24, and Babar, caught by Sarfaraz for 56. With Karachi losing the plot somewhat, Iftikhar Ahmed arrived, joining Ben Dunk. Dunk scored 18 off 11 but it was the local boy who did the damage.

He brought Karachi back in the game by scoring a massive 44 off just 18 balls, including 7 boundaries, which allowed Karachi to finish with a great total of 190/5 in their 20.

2nd Innings: Quetta fight back

Quetta responded brilliantly as well. Ahmed Shahzad continued his brilliant form with the bat. Watto chipped in as well as the pair put up a 68 run stand. Umer Khan broke the partnership when he got Watson, 20 off 15, caught on the boundary. Umer got his second when he took Rossouw for 10, stumped by Dunk.

Shinwari having the last laugh!

Ahmed Shahzad continued to score runs as he brought up back to back half centuries. He was joined by Umar Akmal and the pair, together, put up a 45 run stand. Umar Akmal hit 3 massive sixes before giving his wicket away to Umer, his third of the night.

Ahmed Shahzad continued to anchor the innings at a blistering pace as he brought Quetta within touching distance. Bravo got run-out but with Quetta needing 5 runs off the last over, it would not have been much of a headache.

Shinwari, however, had other ideas. Having been hit for a hat-trick of fours and sixes by Shahzad, he got the last laugh as he got his wicket on 99, as Ingram took a great diving catch. Shinwari turned things around when he got Anwar Ali (2) and Sarfaraz (0) in successive deliveries and with 3 runs needed off the last ball, Tanvir couldn’t connect as Shinwari made one of the greatest Cricketing-Comebacks.

Karachi Qualify

IT HAS TO BE SAID, WHAT A VICTORY, THAT TOO INFRONT OF THE HOME CROWD!

Karachi were down and out for the count but credit to them for not losing hope as Shinwari inspired one of the best comebacks ever. With this fantastic victory, Karachi qualify for the next round as Lahore get knocked out. Quetta still sit atop of the points table but they will be gutted at how they let this match slip, despite Shahzad’s heroics.

Moment of the Match

With a couple of great innings, Iftikhar’s fireworks at the death, Babar pleasing the local crowd with his half ton, the  two instances of the match which saw Shahzad hitting Shinwari for a hat-trick of fours and a hat-trick of sixes, the moment of the match has to be Shinwari’s last laugh when he got the wicket of Ahmed Shahzad, who fell just 1 run short of a century, thus completing a great comeback.

Man of the Match

Usman Shinwari got the man of the match award for his outstanding match-winning last over.

Up Next

We have the last group fixtures tomorrow, Lahore taking on Sultans in the first match at 2:00 PM PST while the second match sees the local boys, Karachi Kings, up against the Zalmis, 7:00 PM PST.

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