About the Match
Karachi Kings suffered yet another defeat, this time against Gladiators by 7 wickets after failing to defend 159 runs; they are at the bottom of the table with zero points and will take on Lahore Qalandars, who are placed in the third position with 2 points, on 16th February at Sharjah. The Qalandars won their opening game against United by 6 wickets but lost against Peshawar Zalmi in a humiliating way by 3 wickets; they will ty to get back into the race with a win here. The contest could see both sides trying to dominate each other on the field but the team that keeps a cool head above the shoulders will have the upper hand to win.
Babar Azam’s 50-run knock helped the team post 159 batting first against Gladiators; however, the bowlers put up a dismal show and couldn’t stop the opponents from winning the match. Speedster Sohail Khan took 3-23 but others like Imad Wasim, Amir and Bopara remained wicket less. Earlier, hard-hitters like Chris Gayle, Pollard, Shoaib Malik and others failed to come out all guns blazing; Sangakkara tried to steady the innings with a well-made 25 but it wasn’t enough to get a big total on board.
In the earlier match against Peshawar Zalmi, the top-order collapsed like a pack of cards with Gayle, Sangakkara, Azam and others falling cheaply for single digits. Shoaib Malik top-scored with 44 off 36 while Bopara and Pollard contributed well to get the total to 118 but it wasn’t enough for the bowlers to fight for. Spinner Imad Wasim, speedsters Sohail Khan and Mohammad Amit took a wicket each but the Zalmi batsmen reached their target easily with 9 balls to spare.
The Kings have a star-studded batting line-up but they haven’t yet started to score the big runs; they will be eager to pull up their socks and put up a better show with bat and ball on Thursday.
The Qalandars suffered a humiliating defeat against Zalmi after being knocked all-out for just 59 runs on board batting first. Stalwarts like Brendon McCullum, Grant Elliott and Umar Akmal were duck-out while others like Jason Roy fell for single digits. Youngster Fakhar Zaman fought a lone battle, posting 33 off 19 but the remaining down the line were dismissed for just 59 runs by the 11th over. Spinner Yasir Shah was brilliant with a 4-wicket haul while Narine contributed with 2 scalps but they lost the match by 3 wickets in the end.
The bowlers did a good job against Islamabad United in their opening match, with Elliott taking 4-23 in his 3-over spell while experienced bowlers Sohail Tanvir and Sunil Narine took a wicket each to stifle the opponents at 158. Jason Roy then posted a wonderful 60 off 51 to steer the team across the finish line with help from Akmal, McCullum and Sunil Narine.
They have had a mixed run so far but their recent defeat would have dealt a blow to their morale. The Qalandars have a balanced mix of in-form bowlers and batsmen who could make life difficult for the Kings here.
The Kings are on a losing streak and unless they register a much-needed win, they might be out of the running very soon; the Qalandars, on the other hand, have shown their mettle by defeating a strong team like United and they look better placed to make a comeback with another victory here