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by Sandeep Shivam Saturday 6 February 2016
Quetta Gladiators 153-2 (Shehzad 71) beatKarachi Kings 147-7 (Bopara 40) by eight wicketsFourth match, Pakistan Super League, DubaiScorecard
Ahmed Shehzad scored a 46-ball 71 and added a 92-run opening stand with Luke Wright to help Quetta Gladiators chase down 148 with eight wickets and 16 deliveries to spare against the Karachi Kings in the fourth game of the Pakistan Super League in Dubai.
Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and elected to field first on a sluggish pitch. Karachi Kings started their innings with a cautious approach losing both their openers in the powerplay while managing to score 30 from it.
The spin combo of Mohammad Nawaz (1-19) and Mohammad Nabi (2-32) controlled the middle overs really well while conceding 35 runs from five overs and picking the wickets of James Vince (32) and Shakib Al Hasan (17).
Ravi Bopara (40) and Shoaib Malik (37) infused some momentum into the innings during their 69-run stand in 46 deliveries to ensure Karachi Kings ended their innings at 147 for seven.
Nabi and Anwar Ali (2-33) picked two wickets each for the Quetta Gladiators.
Shehzad (71) and Wright (47) provided a steady start of 39 in the powerplay for the Quetta Gladiators in the chase.
With the required run rate nearing eight, they decided to step up the accelerator scoring three sixes and a four in the ninth and 10th over to take the Gladiators to 82 for naught.
The 92-run stand finally came to an end when Numan Anwar brilliant held on to a catch at long on off Imad Wasim (1-31).
Shehzad reached his fifty off 35 deliveries and with the support of Kevin Pietersen (29 not out), Quetta Gladiators reached the target in 17.2 overs with eight wickets in hand.
Shehzad was declared the man of the match for his superb knock of 71.
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