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Watson blitz powers Quetta Gladiators to 67-run victory

Shane Watson was adjudged the man of the match
Shane Watson was adjudged the man of the match

Quetta Gladiators 180-4 (Watson 90no) beat
Karachi Kings 113-8 (Wasim 35) by 67 runs
19th game, Pakistan Super League, Dubai

Shane Watson scored a blistering unbeaten 90-run knock as Quetta Gladiators completed a 67-run victory in the 19th game of the Pakistan Super League against Karachi Kings in Dubai on Thursday.

Karachi won the toss and opted to bowl first. Watson (90 not out) signalled his intention with three sixes in the third over from Imad Wasim (0-25) and with two more boundaries and a six from the former Australian all-rounder, Quetta Gladiators ended the powerplay with a score of 52 for naught.

Shahid Afridi (1-29) provided the initial breakthrough for Karachi when he trapped Asad Shafiq (16) LBW but with Kevin Pietersen (52) joining Watson, Quetta looked dominant reaching the 100-run mark in the 12th over.

Both Watson and Pietersen completed their respective half-centuries off 31 deliveries, with the former batting all the 20 overs to lift the Quetta total to 180 for four in the 20 overs. Watson had seven sixes and five boundaries in his fabulous 58-ball knock.

In the chase, Karachi looked totally out of sorts losing Joe Denly (1), Afridi (1), Colin Ingram (5) and Ravi Bopara (0) and were reduced to 33 for four.

Babar Azam (32) and Wasim (35) consolidated the innings and along with Mohammad Rizwan (26) were the only batsmen to show some resilience as Karachi Kings managed only 113 for eight in the 20 overs.

Watson was awarded the player of the match as Quetta reached second position in the table.

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