Danish stars as Karachi Kings book PSL playoffs berth

The defending champions secure 14-run victory
Jun 19, 2021
Photo: PSL
Photo: PSL
Photo: PSL
Photo: PSL

Danish Aziz starred as Karachi Kings secured their spot in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 playoffs for the sixth straight season.

The defending champions defeated Quetta Gladiators by 14 runs in their final league match on Saturday.

While chasing a 177-run target, Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men went off to a shaky start as both openers went back to the pavilion with just 48 runs on the board.

Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed was pick of the batsmen as he topped scored with 51 off 33 balls.

Gladiators ended up just 23 runs short of the target as they ended up scoring 162 for six in their allotted 20 overs.

For Kings, Mohammad Ilays was the pick of the bowlers as he claimed figures of 3-39 in his four-over spell.

Earlier, after electing to bat, Karachi Kings posted a competitive total of 176, courtesy brilliant batting by Danish.

After getting off to a solid start, Kings lost the way in middle of the innings, as they lost three key wickets of Babar Azam (23), Martin Guptill (5) and Sharjeel Khan (45) in the span of just nine runs.

However, Danish stood up and played a 45-run cameo off just 13 balls with help of five maximums and two boundaries.

For Gladiators, young Arish Ali Khan was the pick of the bowlers as he claimed figures of 4-28 in his four-over spell.

That’s it. Great win for Karachi Kings as they join Peshawar Zalmi, Multan Sultans and Islamabad United in the playoffs.

At the end of the innings:

QG 162-6 (20 overs)

OUT! Mohammad Ilyas gets his third wicket. Abdul Nasir departed without troubling the scorers.

QG 127-6 (17.2 overs)

RUNOUT! This is not what Quetta Gladiators would have wanted. Hasan Khan run-out at non strikers end. He scored 24 off 15.

QG 123-5 (16.5 overs)

Second wicket for Arshad Iqbal

Big wicket for Karachi Kings

At half-way stage

QG 72-2 (10 overs)

Another big wicket for Karachi Kings

At the end of powerplay

QG 44-1 (6 overs)

Great start for Karachi Kings

We are back for the second innings of tonight’s fixture.

We will see Quetta Gladiators’ response in the second-half. Join us then.

A superb finish by Karachi Kings to set a 177-run target against Quetta Gladiators.

End of innings

KK 176-6 (20 overs)

OUT! Khurram Shehzad removes dangerous Danish Aziz, who departed after scoring 45 off 13 balls

KK 174-6 (19.4 overs)

Danish Aziz is on fire

What a spell from young Arish Ali Khan. The young spinner finished with outstanding figures of 4-28 in his allotted four overs.

Big wicket for Quetta Gladiators

Another big wicket for Quetta Gladiators

What a turn around by Quetta Gladiators

OUT! Arish Ali is on fire. Two big wickets of Sharjeel Khan (45) and Martin Guptil (5) in an over.

At the half-way stage:

KK 76-1 (10 overs)

Huge wicket for Quetta Gladiators

Great start by Karachi Kings

At the end of powerplay:

KK 42-0 (6 overs)

Dropped! Sharjeel Khan gets a lifeline courtesy of a drop catch by Azam Khan on Naseem Shah’s ball.

KK 23-0 (2.6 overs)

Let’s take a look at Quetta Gladiators’ playing XI:

Let’s take a look at Karachi Kings’ playing XI:

TOSS: The news from the centre is Karachi Kings have won the toss and elected to bat first.

It is going to be the defending champions Karachi Kings who will take on Quetta Gladiators.

Hello and welcome to the live blog of match 29 of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021.

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