The Quetta Gladiators have gone to be top of the table in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) after beating the Karachi Kings by five wickets and have become the first team to qualify for the playoffs, which means they will get two opportunities to qualify for the final.
Quetta had also beaten Karachi in their previous meeting but this time Karachi captain Shoaib Malik won the toss and elected to bat first. Their opener Nauman Anwar could not do much again as he was bowled by Anwar Ali in the third over after scoring 6 runs.
James Vince and Shoaib Malik had 47 runs partnership but it was broken when the English batsman was dismissed after scoring 23. Shoaib Mali was top scorer with 45 runs whereas all-rounders Shakib Al Hasan and Ravi Bopara scored 10 and 14 respectively.
All of the remaining batsmen of Karachi scored in single figures as they were 111/4 and but lost next 5 wickets for just 9 runs. Gladitators restricted the Kings to just 126/9 in 20 overs. New Zealand's Grant Elliott was highest wicket-taker once again with 4 wickets.
Opener Luke Wright was dismissed after scoring just 11 runs but other opener Ahmed Shehzad looked in great touch as he scored 41 off just 27 balls with 7 fours. Kevin Pietersen scored 26 and captain Sarfraz Ahmed scored 29 to take their side over the line with 5 wickets in hand and 7 balls to spare.