Gladiators suffocate Kings to secure 23-run victory
2019 champions Quetta Gladiators defeated 2020 winners Karachi Kings by 23 runs in the 28th match of the HBL Pakistan Super League 2022 at the Gaddafi Stadium on Sunday.
Quetta Gladiators 166-4, 20 overs (Jason Roy 82, James Vince 29, Iftikhar Ahmed 21 not out)
Karachi Kings 143-8, 20 overs (Joe Clarke 52, Babar Azam 36; Khurram Shahzad 4-22, Naseem Shah 2-14)
Batting first, Quetta Gladiators rallied around Jason Roy’s 82 from 64 balls with 11 fours to reach 166 for four. In return, Karachi Kings, after an 87-run start in 10.5 overs between Joe Clarke (52 off 39 balls with four fours and two sixes) and Babar Azam (36 off 34 balls with three fours and a six), stuttered to 143 for eight.
The result means Quetta Gladiators have finished their 10 matches with four wins to join Islamabad United on eight points who will play their last match against Multan Sultans on Sunday evening. Islamabad United prior to their last match have a net run-rate of 0.101, while Quetta Gladiators have ended their league match with a net run-rate of -0.708.
While the Multan Sultans versus Islamabad United on Sunday will confirm the fourth side to qualify for the play-offs, Monday’s match between Lahore Qalandars and Peshawar Zalmi will decide which sides will feature in the 23 February Qualifier and 24 February Eliminator 1.
If Lahore Qalandars beat Peshawar Zalmi, they will finish on 14 points and will meet Multan Sultans on 23 February, while Peshawar Zalmi will play in Eliminator 1 on 24 February.
In the scenario of Peshawar Zalmi overcoming Lahore Qalandars, both the sides will be locked on 12 points apiece. Side with a better net run-rate will progress to the 23 February match with the other to feature on 24 February. Before Monday’s match, Lahore Qalandars have a net run-rate of 0.852, while Peshawar Zalmi have a net run-rate of -0.381.
Quetta Gladiators - Fall of wickets: 1-21 (Will Smeed - 2.6 ov), 2-111 (James Vince - 12.5 ov), 3-117 (Umar Akmal - 13.6 ov), 4-162 (Jason Roy - 19.4 ov)
Karachi Kings - Fall of wickets: 1-87 (Babar Azam - 10.5 ov), 2-107 (Sharjeel Khan - 12.4 ov), 3-109 (Joe Clarke - 13.5 ov), 4-120 (Qasim Akram - 15.5 ov), 5-128 (Rohail Nazir - 17.3 ov), 6-139 (Lewis Gregory - 18.5 ov), 7-139 (Tom Lammonby - 18.6 ov), 8-139 (Imad Wasim - 19.1 ov)
Quetta Gladiators: Sarfaraz Ahmed (WK), Jason Roy, Umar Akmal, James Vince, Will Smeed, Hassan Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khurram Shahzad, Mohammad Irfan, Naseem Shah, Ashir Qureshi
Karachi Kings: Joe Clarke (WK), Rohail Nazir, Babar Azam, Sharjeel Khan, Imad Wasim, Lewis Gregory, Qasim Akram, Umaid Asif, Usman Shinwari, Mir Hamza, Tom Lammonby
Date - 20th February 09:30 PM
Venue - Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, Lahore
Toss - Quetta Gladiators won the toss & elected to bat
Umpires - Aleem Dar and Asif Yaqoob
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