A brilliant game of cricket in Karachi as it was a nail-biting contest, a cricket thriller more than any Hollywood movie. Karachi Kings winning the game by just one run and made it to the playoffs by kicking Lahore Qalandars out of the tournament. It is shame for Qalandars as they haven’t made it to the playoffs in any season of HBLPSL. Quetta Gladiators have got something special, It is the fourth season of the HBLPSL cricket and they have been involved in the fourth match that ends with one run victory. Interestingly all of these four matches have been one by the side batting first. 

In the cricket match between Quetta Gladiators and Karachi Kings, Sarfraz Ahmad won the toss and decided to bowl first. Karachi Kings had a very decent start as Babar Azam scored another half-century in front of the home crowd by playing proper cricket strokes. He scored 56 off 46 balls. The King’s innings was boosted up by Iftikhar Ahmad who scored 44 off just 18 balls in the last few overs of the inning. Colin Ingram who scored a brilliant century against Quetta Gladiators in Sharjah just couldn’t get things going. They ended up on 190 for 5 which was within the reach after looking at the ground dimensions.  

It was a very decent cricket start for Gladiators as Shane Watson and Ahmad Shahzad started off pretty well. Shane Watson was again picked by the young emerging talent Omar Khan the left arm spinner. Omar Khan has got some serious potential and temperament. His analyzing ability and then execution of the plan is way too good as he also picked the wicket of Rilee Russouw. The moment he saw Rossouw coming down the pitch he bowled a wide for a stump. Umar Akmal who was looking for the slog sweep, Omar Khan bowled him a slower ball at the off-stump channel which caused Umar Akmal to drag the ball and the ball went straight up. It was a decent cricket catch by Aamer Yamin.

The other end of the crease of well blocked by Ahmad Shahzad and he kept on scoring his runs under pressure. Shahzad scored 22 in the 17th over of Usman Shinwari and pulled things back for Gladiators by hitting 3 sixes. DJ Bravo who has released a new song for Gladiators was not in good touch as he scored 9 runs off 15 balls but Shahzad, on the other hand, kept his nerves calm. 

In the last over only 5 runs were required by Gladiators to won the contest and it was Usman Shinwari the only option left for Imad Wasim. The first ball single was followed by Ahmad Shahzad wicket who got out on 99 off 57 balls. After that very moment, Quetta horribly lost control over things as Anwar Ali and Sarfraz Ahmad also got out in the last over with some quick succession. It was 3 required off the last ball and Usman Shinwari bowled a beautiful Yorker to Sohail Tanveer who could only pick one of the leg by and Karachi Kings won the match by just one run and the hope for Lahore Qalandars was gone. 

There were many reasons for the loss of Quetta Gladiators and few of them were when Umar Akmal refused Ahmad Shahzad for a single and tried to hit a six of the next ball which results in his wicket. DJ Bravo who took 15 balls to score 9 in a pressure situation. And then, Ahmad Shahzad who refused the second run on the first delivery of last over as he was on 99 and eventually ended up on 99. These were the few selfish moments that caused Quetta to lose by just 1 run.

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