Imad Wasim's side prevailed on Friday © AFP (File Photo)
Imad Wasim’s side prevailed on Friday © AFP (File Photo)

In match 2 of Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2018, Karachi Kings edged past Quetta Gladiators at Dubai International Stadium. In pursuit of a modest 150, Gladiators fell apart courtesy regular breakthroughs and electrifying fielding from Shahid Afridi.

Electing to bat, Kings were on course at least 170. Their top order took them to a substantial 111 for 3 in 15 overs (after being 60 for 2 in 10). Colin Ingram (41) and Ravi Bopara were on top, but the innings never got the late flourish. Jofra Archer and Shane Watson shared 5 scalps between them to derail Kings’ innings. Afridi and skipper Imad Wasim failed with bat.

In reply, Gladiators were in trouble early in the chase. They were reduced to 4 for 2, and later 15 for 3. Umar Amin and Rilee Rossouw gave some push, but they never recovered from the early jolts. Kevin Pietersen and skipper Sarfraz Ahmed’s early departure put them on the back foot. Mohammad Nawaz, at No. 7, fought a lone battle before falling for 30. Imad’s 2 for 19 and Tymal Mills’ 2 for 27 led a disciplined bowling performance from the Kings. In addition, Afridi plucked a stunner in the deep to get rid of Amin.

Brief scores

Karachi Kings 149 for 9 in 20 overs (Khurram Manzoor 35, Colin Ingram 41, Ravi Bopara 24; Shane Watson 3 for 22, Jofra Archer 2 for 30) beat Quetta Gladiators 130 for 9 in 20 overs (Umar Amin 31, Rilee Rossouw 18, Mohammad Nawaz 30; Imad Wasim 2 for 19, Tymal Mills 2 for 27) by 19 runs.