At the National Bank Cricket Arena, Quetta Gladiators defeated Karachi Kings by six runs thanks to Martin Guptill’s extraordinary century, the first of the HBL Pakistan Super League 8.
With a 67-ball 117, Guptill tied for second place in HBL PSL history for the highest individual score.
While Karachi has lost three games in a row, this was Quetta’s first tournament victory.
Karachi captain Imad Wasim struck impressive figures of 3-16 in four overs, including the wickets of Jason Roy, Abdul Bangalzai, and Umar Akmal. This left Quetta reeling.
With 32 runs scored in 27 balls, Iftikhar Ahmed was Quetta’s second-highest run scorer.
Martin Guptill was run out on the final ball of the innings after scoring 117 runs in 67 balls with 12 fours and 5 sixes.
For his century, Guptill hit pacer Andrew Tye for 30 runs in the 19th over of the innings.
After being asked to bat first by Karachi, Quetta scored 168-7 in 20 overs.
In response, the Karachi Kings’ progress was hampered by the frequent loss of wickets. Sharjeel Khan was bowled by Mohammad Nawaz, and Haider Ali, who also lost for a duck, was bowled by Qais Ahmad. Neither player contributed to his team’s total.
Matthew Wade and Imad were run out in the 11th over by Mohammad Hasnain’s bowling, leaving Karachi Kings at 76 for five.
With figures of 2-29 in four overs, Hasnain was the best bowler, while Naseem, Qais Ahmad, and Mohammad Nawaz each took one wicket.
Malik hit some lovely shots in his 49-ball 71 not out, which included eight boundaries and one maximum. With one four and three sixes, Irfan Khan took 26 deliveries to score an unbeaten 37. However, their unbroken 86-run stand was insufficient.
Mohammad Hasnain and Naseem Shah held their nerve in the final overs to ensure that their team won the match.
After losing three wickets in five overs, Karachi had a poor start to the run chase. Both Sharjeel Khan and Haider Ali were run out for ducks, and James Vince, who initially appeared to be in charge, was only able to score 22 runs in 14 balls.
Quetta Combatants’ proprietor Nadeem Omar has compensated his players after the success against Karachi Lords on Saturday during the continuous Pakistan Super Association (PSL) season eight.
For scoring a splendid hundred, Martin Guptill got a monetary reward of Rs500,000. In the mean time, Iftikhar Ahmed, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Qais Ahmad and Odean Smith packed away Rs50,000 each.
Karachi’s 20 overs were limited to 162-5 as they attempted to score 169 runs.The Player of the Match was Martin Guptill.