Splendid half-centuries from Shane Watson and Khurram Manzoor helped Quetta Gladiators earn a consolation win over Karachi Kings in the 30th game of 2020 Pakistan Super League. Despite winning their final round-robin game, Defending Champions for the first time have failed to make it to the playoffs of the competition.
The day started with stand-in captain Babar Azam winning the toss and opting to bat first. The home side made two changes with Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir resting for this game. Ali Khan, Usama Mir and Waqas Mahmood are slotted into the playing XI for this dead rubber.
Karachi got off to a poor start as pacer Naseem Shah cleaned up Sharjeel Khan in the opening over of the innings. Iftikhar Ahmed, promoted to no.3 in the batting order, added 30 runs with Babar Azam in an attempt to rebuild the innings. Pacer Sohail Khan dismissed Iftikhar Ahmed, who perished in the 5th over after scoring 21 runs off 17 balls with the help of three boundaries.
Cameron Delport came to the crease and stitched a 42-run partnership with Babar Azam for the third wicket. Babar Azam played well and scored 32 runs off 34 balls with the help of three fours.
Delport continued to play positively and added another crucial partnership with Chadwick Walton to help Karachi Kings post 150 runs for the loss of five wickets in their allotted 20 overs.
Cameron Delport finished the innings with the top-score of 62 runs off 44 balls with the help of five fours and two sixes. He was well supported by wicket-keeper Chadwick Walton, who chipped in with 26 runs off 20 balls with the help of two fours and one six.
For Quetta Gladiators, pacer Naseem Shah was the pick of the bowlers with 2 for 17 in his 4 overs. Sohail Khan, Fawad Ahmed and Mohammad Hasnain claimed one wicket each.
Chasing a modest score of 151 runs, left-arm pacer Waqas Maqsood dismissed Ahmed Shehzad for a duck to provide early breakthrough for Karachi Kings. Playing his first PSL game, Khurram Manzoor came to the crease and put on a 118-run partnership with Shane Watson to help Gladiators take control of the game.
For Gladiators, Former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson was the standout player with the bat and finished the innings with the top-score of 66 runs off 34 balls with the help of 7 fours and 4 sixes. He was well supported by Khurram Manzoor, who scored his maiden PSL ton for Gladiators.
Khurram Manzoor smashed 63 runs off 40 balls with the help of nine boundaries and one six. Azam Khan and Mohammad Nawaz put on a partnership to help Gladiators complete the chase in the 16th over of the innings.
For Karachi Kings, Waqas Maqsood was the standout bowler for the side and finished with 2 for 19 in his four overs. Ali Khan and Arshad Iqbal picked up crucial wickets for the side.
For his splendid 66 runs, Shane Watson was awarded player of the match.