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Karachi Kings defend 149 to register maiden win against Quetta Gladiators

Colin Ingram played a vital role in Karachi victory
Colin Ingram played a vital role in Karachi victory

Karachi Kings 149-9 (Ingram 41) beat
Quetta Gladiators 130-9 (Nawaz 30) by 19 runs
2nd game, Pakistan Super League, Dubai

A collective bowling effort from Karachi Kings saw them defend 149 runs against Quetta Gladiators successfully to complete a 19-run victory in the second game of the Pakistan Super League in Dubai.

This is also Karachi's first win over Quetta in five games. Earlier, Karachi won the toss and decided to bat first.

Khurram Manzoor (35) and Joe Denly (14) provided a solid start of 30 runs in the first four overs before an indecision in running led to the run out of the latter and Karachi ended the powerplay with a score of 39 for one.

Runs dried up even further for Karachi as they managed just 21 off the next four overs and also lost Babar Azam (10) in the process. However, Colin Ingram (41) injected the much-needed momentum for Karachi as he plundered two boundaries and a six and further smashed Anwar Ali (2-32) for two boundaries and a six in the 15th over.

With Ravi Bopara (24) too joining the onslaught, it looked like Karachi will go comfortably over 160 but Quetta made a strong comeback conceding just 18 off the final three and picking five wickets as well to keep them down to 149.

Quetta got off to worse possible start with Asad Shafiq (2) snared by Imad Wasim (2-19) and Shane Watson (1) run out. With Kevin Pietersen (6) falling to Tymal Mills (2-27), Quetta were reduced to 26 for three in the powerplay.

From there on they completely lost the plot and a late hit from Mohammad Nawaz (30) provided some hope but with not much support at the other end, Quetta could manage only 130 for nine.

Ingram was awarded the man of the match for his game-changing decisive knock.

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