The fifth game of the Pakistan Super League saw Quetta Gladiators register their second win of the competition after securing a seven-wicket win over Karachi Kings at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Rilee Rossouw once again proved to be the mainstay for Quetta Gladiators in the batting department as he led the way with an unbeaten 76 runs off 53 balls. The left-handed batsman played well after the side was in a spot of bother at 30 for 3 after 4 overs with the likes of Ahmed Shahzad and Kevin Pietersen back in the pavilion. Rossouw played well to get through the tough little period to then accelerate and showcase his wide range of strokes and keep the asking rate at bay. Sohail Khan was the bowler who provided early breakthroughs for the Kings but the rest of attack looked fairly ordinary.
Rossouw and Sarfaraz added 130 runs for Quetta Gladiators and the feature of the partnership was quick ones and twos. The duo kept the scoreboard ticking as Kings were not able to maintain pressure. Rossouw notched up his second consecutive half century while Sarfaraz was not far in the innings. Sarfaraz Ahmed also remained unbeaten till the end as he scored 56 runs off 42 balls. He struck four boundaries and a six in his innings to see Gladiators notch up their second win of the league and go top in the points table.
Earlier in the day, Quetta won the toss and decided to field first. Karachi Kings’ batting performance was case of every individual getting starts but not going on to score big runs. Babar Azam top scored with 50 runs off 42 balls and struck four boundaries in his innings while the rest of the batting could only muster 10s and 20s to see Kings put up 159 runs on the board from 20 overs.
While the Gladiators are once again looking serious contenders for the crown after their second successive win in the league, the Kings are reeling at the bottom having lost their first two games in the second season.