Quetta Gladiators thrashed Karachi Kings for the second time to become the first time of Pakistan Super League (PSL) to reach the knock-out stage of the tournament at Sharjah Cricket Stadium in UAE on Saturday.
Chasing 127 to win, Gladiators got home in 18.5 overs and five wickets in hand.
Ahmed Shehzad, who was excluded from the Twenty20 World Cup, made 41 to lead the chase while Sarfraz Ahmed stayed till the end to ensure another convincing victory. Gladiators now top the table with 10 points from five wins.
New Zealand all-rounder Grant Elliott was declared man of the match for grabbing four wickets for 15 runs.
“We’re bowling very well as a unit, and with that pressure, someone’s going to get a couple of wickets, and I was fortunate,” he said. “There wasn’t a lot of bounce, and maybe a little variation in pace. 150 would have been a good total. I guess changes of pace creates that variation. The batter wants to get at you at his peril,” he said.
Karachi Kings captain Shoaib Malik said that today’s wicket wasn’t a 180 wicket. It was around 150.
“We started off well, but could not capitalize on that start. Whoever was settled, should have batted till the end. I was settled, I thought it was time to go for a big shot and lost my wicket,” he said.