PSL6 Kicks off with the Champions Karachi Kings hosting the Quetta Gladiators
- Babar Azam Tom Banton
- Sharjeel Khan Chris Gayle
- Joe Clarke Saim Ayub
- Colin Ingram Sarfaraz Ahmed (c)
- Mohammad Nabi Azam Khan
- Imad Wasim (C) Ben Cutting
- Dan Christian Mohammad Nawaz
- Aamer Yamin Mohammad Hasnain
- Mohammad Amir Usman Shinwari
- Waqas Maqsood Naseem Shah
- Aeshad Iqbal Qais Ahmad
Imad won the toss for Karachi and put Quetta in to bat, they opened with Tom Banton and Sarfaraz. Imad chose to open the bowling himself. Banton hit the first boundary of the competition, he then became the first wicket as he hit a ball in the air, easily caught by Joe Clarke, keeping wicket, Quetta were 6 for 1. In came Chris Gayle at 3!
Sarfaraz was despatched in the 3rd over, another catch for Clarke, and edge thsis time, the bowler Aamer Yamin, a man who’s going to challenge Hasan Ali with his wicket celebration! Quetta were 17 for 2. The sight of an 18 year old batting with the Universe Boss was great!, what an experience for him Although as a Karachi fan I’d rather Chris Gayle took an early bath. Quetta made 49 in the Power Play. The commentators pointed out that Saim Ayub needed to get Gayke back on strike, which he did as I typed! Maqsood bowled a fine over and took the wicket of Saim Ayub, he didn’t get enough om the ball and was caught by Aamer, Quetta were 55 fro 3 after 7.3 overs.
Azam Khan walked in to the crease, a big man to say the least, he hit a 4 from his first ball. Dan Christian, a man who can change the game with his bat, came on to bowl and was hit for a straight 4 by Gayle from his first ball, the next ball was hit high in the air by Gayle but there weren’t any fielders nearby. A big shout at the TV from me as Amir caught Gayle from Christian’s 5th ball. Quetta were 68 for 4 after 8.4 overs and Gayle had made 39 from 24 balls
Nawaz joined Azam Khan, Joe Clarke was clearly enjoying his time behind the stumps, A talented young player we rarely see him with the gloves on in County Cricket. Having been close to a run out early in his innings, Nawaz was left stranded after going to far down the pitc, he was stranded and out for just 3, a different batting partner may well have made the run. Quetta were 77 for 5 in the 11th over.
The dangerous Ben Cutting was next up, Azam Khan hit a huge 6 from Imad’s bowling, just the 3rd of the innings by that point. A great catch at mid-wicket, by Dan Christian from the bowling of Arshad saw Azam departing for 17 from 14 balls, Quetta were 91 for 6 after 12.5 overs.
More yelling from me as Arshad clean bowled Cutting, who’d moved to give himself room to swing, seeing stumps go flying, especially when they’re lit up, is a thing of beauty when it’s your team doing it! Quetta were 105 for 7 in the 15th over. Cutting made just 11 from 13 balls.
New batsman Shinwari had to face Amir, whose second ball was a bouncer, not nice to face. A slower delivery saw Shinwari out, caught by Imad – that made Quetta 106 for 8 and Shinwari left the field with a Duck to his name. Hasnain didn’t last long, he hit a 4, but then edged a ball from Arshad to Clarke, Quetta were 111 for 9 after 17 overs. Qais hit a great 6 but a 4th catch for Clarke finished the Quetta innings as Maqsood took the final wicket. Quetta finished on 121 and were bowled out in 12.1 overs. Arshad was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 16 from his 4 overs. It was interesting that Nabi didn’t bowl a ball, but was lined up to bat at 4.
Babar and Sharjeel opened the bating for Karachi, you don’t really want to see the Pakistan captain when your team hasn’t scored too well. However Sharjeel was given out LBW to Hasnain in the first over, the review taken was unsuccessful and Karachi were 4 for 1. Not the best of starts. And a review lost too!
Joe Clarke came in at 3, Naseem opened the bowling from the other end. It’s great to see 2 young bowling talents, but in this case I wanted them to be on the losing side. The fielding side had an appeal for a catch in Naseem’s over, but with no bat involved that was a review lost apiece.
After 3 overs Karavhi had made just 12 runs, a great example of how the PSL tends to be a fine balance between bat and ball often not seen in the T20 game. As I typed that Joe Clarke hit 19 from Naseem’s next over. Karachi were 31 for 1 after 4 overs. Clarke scored 24 from Qais’ over taking him to 46 from 22 balls and helping his team to 58 for 1. A bright young talent Clarke moved from Worcester to Nottinghamshire after being involved in an unsavoury incident involving a fellow player. He’s a talent with a bat, hopefully he’ll have a good summer in England.
Shinwari struck with the 2nd ball of his innings as Clarke failed to get enough on the ball, Azam took the catch and Clarke was gone for 46, Karachi were 59 for 2 after 5.2 overs. Colin Ingram, rather than Nabi came in at 4. A great over for Shinwari, he gave a leg bye and one run and took a wicket. 60 for 2 for Karachi in the Power Play.
Babar and Ingram rotated the strike well and took 9 from Shinwari’s second over. Karachi were 76 for 2 after 9 overs. Babar hit a 4 from a Qais ball to become the highest scorer in PSL history over-taking Kamran Akmal.
Hasnain came bak into the attack and took the wicket of Babar with his firat ball, a great catch to his right for Sarfaraz. Babar had made 24 from 20 and Karachi were 78 for 3 after 10.1. Nabi joined Ingram. He got underway with a 4, hitting the ball off his feet, he added another 4 to take Karachi to 95 for 3 after 11 overs.
Karachi moved to 104 for 3 in the 12th over, leaving them with just 18 required from 48 balls and with plenty of batting sitting on the bench. That bench wasn’t needed as Ingram with 17 and NAbi with 30 from 14 took Karachi to a win after just 13.5 overs. An overall great team performance.
Star Man of the match – would be a choice between Arshad for his 3 for 16 and Joe Clarke for his 4 catches and 46 runs, Clarke pips it this time.