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Mahmudullah stars as Quetta Gladiators seal play-off berth with six-wicket win

Babar Azam in action for Karachi Kings
Babar Azam in action for Karachi Kings
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Quetta Gladiators 158-4 (Shehzad 54) beat
Karachi Kings 154-6 (Pollard 31) by six wickets
15th match, Pakistan Super League, Dubai

After a three-wicket haul from Mahmudullah restricted Karachi Kings to 154 for six, fifties from Babar Azam and Ahmed Shehzad set the chase for Quetta Gladiators which they completed in 19 overs with six wickets in hand in Dubai to seal a place in the play-off of the Pakistan Super League.

Quetta Gladiators decided to field first on winning the toss. Babar Azam (36) and Kumar Sangakkara (28) got Karachi Kings to a blistering start of 25 runs in the first three overs.

Azam had a reprieve when he was dropped in the fourth over and the duo completed a 50-run opening stand off 34 deliveries.

Mahmudullah (3-21) got the first of his three wickets when he had Sangakkara stumped in the eighth over, ending the 63-run opening stand. At the half-way mark, Karachi Kings were 69 for one.

Azam's 37-ball knock ended when he was caught at fine leg off Mahmudullah, who also accounted for the wicket of Shoaib Malik (9).

Following a sluggish innings from Chris Gayle (29), Kieron Pollard (31) played a 19-ball cameo to take the total to 154 for six in the 20 overs.

Shafiq (51) and Shehzad (54) hit seven boundaries between them to take the total to 49 for naught in the powerplay.

In the eighth over bowled by Usama Mir (1-39), Shehzad struck two sixes and as many boundaries to take the total to 75 for naught. ad at the halfway mark, the score rose to 94 for naught.

In the 11th over, Shehzad brought his fifty and also the 100-run stand with Shafiq. Sohail Khan (2-28) struck twice to raise hopes of Karachi Kings and they were put in a spot of bother when Kevin Pietersen (0) and Rilee Rossouw (15) also fell.

However, Sarfraz Ahmed (19 not out) and Mahmudullah (8) not out ensured Quetta Gladiators reached the target in 19 overs with six wickets in hand. Mahdmudullah was awarded the player of the match for his exploit with the ball.

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