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DUBAI – Quetta Gladiators have booked their berth in the play-offs of the second edition of Pakistan Super League, with an outstanding six-wicket win against Karachi Kings in Dubai on Thursday.

Chasing a target of 155 runs target, Asad Shafiq and Ahmad Shahzad’s fifties led to an easy win for the topped ranked on points table Gladiators.

Ahmed Shahzad scored three sixes and four boundaries to score 54 off 40 deliveries, while Asad Shafiq scored 51 off 38 with the help of one six and six boundaries.


Sarfaraz Ahmed scored 19 off 17 deliveries to complete Quetta’s win with a boundary to backwards point off Mohammad Aamir.

For Karachi Kings, Sohail Khan got two wickets, taking his tournament’s wickets tally to 11 – the most by any bowler in the second season.

Earlier, Quetta Kings won the and bowled out Karachi Kings at 154/6 in 20 overs. Babar Azam scored 36 and captain Kumar Sangakkara 28 managed to give Kings a brisk start but both departed after powerplay as the Gladiators fought back in the match.

Out-of-form Chris Gayle just managed to post 29 runs off 34 balls. Shoaib Malik also scored just 9 runs from 9 balls.


Some late hitting from Kieron Pollard in the final over guided Kings to a respectable total of 154. The West Indian all-rounder made a 19-ball 31 hitting three fours and one six. Ravi Bopara could only score 1 run.

For Gladiators, Mahmudullah picked up three vital wickets, Anwar Ali got two while Mir Hamza chipped in with one.

The match started at 09:00 PM Pakistan time, which corresponds to 08:00 PM Indian time, 05:00 GMT and 08:00 PM according to UAE time on Monday.

Where to watch: All matches will air on PTV Sports, Ten Sports and Geo Super. Similarly, cricket enthusiasts of the world can catch live action on MENA – OSN, Africa – Startimes, Bangladesh – Gazi TV, UK – A plus, channel 44, Prime TV, Geo TV, Caribbean – Flow TV, USA – A Plus, Afghanistan – Moby.


Karachi Kings will be out of the tournament in case they lose a match. Quetta is on the top of the points table with 7 points after playing five matches. Lahore and Islamabad are on second and third positions respectively with 6 points each after playing six matches.

Peshawar is at number four with five points after playing six matches while Karachi Kings is holding the last spot with 4 points after playing five games.


Squads

Karachi Kings: Kumar Sangakkara (captain), Shoaib Malik, Chris Gayle, Babar Azam, Ravi Bopara, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Safiullah Bangash, Shazaib Hasan, Sohail Khan, Kieron Pollard, Ryan McLaren, Khurram Manzoor, Kashif Bhatti, Usman Khan, Hasan Mohsin, Mahela Jayawardene, Usama Mir, Rahat Ali, Amad Alam.

Quetta Gladiators: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Umar Gul, Asad Shafiq, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Nawaz, Kevin Pietersen, Luke Wright, Rilee Rossouw, Mahmudullah Riyad, Anwar Ali, Tymal Mills, Hassan Khan, Nathan McCullum, Thisara Perera, Bismillah Khan, Mir Hamza, Zulfiqar Babar, Saad Nasim, Umar Amin, Noor Wali.