In the end it was an easy walk for Quetta Gladiators, courtesy Rilee Rossouw’s (76 off 52) second consecutive fifty in his first two PSL matches. What should have been a troublesome chase of 160 was made to look simple when the South African came out to bat in the fourth over after back to back wickets of Ahmed Shehzad and Kevin Pietersen in Sohail Khan’s over.
Gladiators reeling at 2 for 23, needed partnerships in the middle-order. Rossouw and Sarfraz Ahmed (56 off 42) complied with an unbeaten 130-run stand. After the top-order debacle in the last match, Kings once again failed to get a profound start despite some promising blows early in the piece.
Shahzaib Hasan (19 off 13), apparently the character whose tip-off unveiled bookies malicious attempts to hurt the PSL, gave a flying start to his side before falling to Tymal Mill’s slower-one. Chris Gayle (10 off 14) followed him as Thisara Perera took a blinder off his own delivery.
Babar Azam and skipper Kumar Sangakkara stabalised the boat and put up a 44-run stand for the third wicket. Azam kept his end secure after his captain fell trying to clear the point boundary. He scored 50 in 42 balls.