KARACHI: Defending champions Karachi Kings beat former champions Quetta Gladiators by seven wickets in the opening match of the Pakistan Super League’s sixth edition, at the National Stadium in Karachi on Saturday.
The Quetta Gladiators batted first and lost wickets at regular intervals, and only four of their batsmen could put up double-digit numbers. The team could only make 121 runs due to some terrific seam bowling by the Kings, for whom the young Arshad Iqbal (3-16) starred.
In response, the Kings’ run chase was never in trouble. Despite losing the early wicket of Sharjeel Khan, they immediately got back on their feet, reaching their target with more than six overs and seven wickets to spare.
Babar Azam, for once, wasn’t the top performer for the Kings. Joe Clarke’s scintillating 23-ball 46 was the highlight of the port city team’s innings. Later, Mohammad Nabi chipped in with an unbeaten 30 off 14 to get his team home.
Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar was quick to congratulate the defending champions. “By the way, the captain of the Karachi Kings is a young man from Islamabad,” he said.
The contest between the Kings and Gladiators at Karachi’s National Stadium started after the glittering opening ceremony and fireworks.