Quetta Gladiators achieved their second win of the season against Karachi Kings as they pipped their opponents in a close contest. Karachi clawed their way back into the high-voltage encounter in the second innings after a lackluster display with the bat but ultimately ended up on the losing side.
Karachi got off to a nightmare start as they lost the wicket of superstar batter Babar Azam early in the piece for a pedestrian 26 from 23 deliveries. A regular loss of wickets pegged back the scoring rate and the Kings were never able to recover from the mediocre start to reach a respectable total.
Brief batting pyrotechnics unleashed by Iftikhar Ahmed provided them with the impetus to end up with 156/9 on the board as Mohammad Hasnain emerged as the most successful bowler for Quetta.
In reply, abysmal running between the wickets cost Quetta Gladiators dearly as they lost a total of three batsmen to run-outs. Jason Roy and Shane Watson were found short of their crease while Ahmed Shehzad had a brain-fade moment and ended up slamming the ball straight down the throat of the long-on fielder.
Azam Khan and skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed then conjured a stunning partnership of 85 runs to get Gladiators near the target. Azam starred with a fantastic 46 from 30 deliveries whereas Sarfaraz remained not out on 37.
Quetta suffered a loss of wickets in the final few overs but eventually Anwar Ali spanked the winning hit in his glittering cameo to help the Gladiators over the line by the end of the 19th over.