KARACHI: Usman Shinwari took three wickets for less than three runs within the ultimate over to propel Karachi Kings to the playoffs with a one-run victory in opposition to Quetta Gladiators in Sunday’s last-ball thriller on the Nationwide Stadium.
The final over drama despatched Ahmed Shehzad’s 99 runs in useless, after at one level within the recreation it was very a lot understood that the opener had lastly performed a match-winning knock to chase down Karachi’s whole of 190. However a reckless shot to mid off on the second ball of the final over was all it took to show the tables on what would have been a win for Quetta.
Who knew that it might be the turning level? The match which gave the impression to be getting into Quetta’s favour all-out modified drastically.
Name it future, lack of expertise, strain – however the evening belonged to Karachi Kings and Usman Khan Shinwari.
Quickly after Shehzad’s dismissal on 99, on the very subsequent ball Anwar Ali was dismissed unceremoniously. However the ultimate nail within the coffin was when on the subsequent ball skipper Sarfraz Ahmed noticed his stumps fly.
Sohail Tanveer got here on the crease to play the ultimate ball of the innings, when three runs have been required. He managed to contribute only one with a leg bye.
Spinner Umer Khan earlier took three wickets to dismiss Quetta’s high order.
Karachi’s win eradicated Lahore Qalandars from the event, for the fourth time in as many seasons. Multan Sultans have been eradicated earlier. Quetta Gladiators, Peshawar Zalmi, Islamabad United and Karachi Kings are via to the playoffs.
A cracking half-century by Babar Azam and an unbeaten 46 by Iftikhar Ahmed lifted Karachi Kings to 190-5 earlier.
All credit score to the Quetta Gladiators’ bowling unit which in contrast to Lahore Qalandars didn’t leak huge runs within the stadium being criticised for having brief boundaries.
Mohammad Hasnain remained the star bowler for the Gladiators, along with his two wonderful wickets of Azam and Colin Ingram off 38 runs.
Fawad Ahmed, Muhammad Nawaz and Sohail Tanveer picked one wicket every.