Naseem, openers dominate as Gladiators make comeback in PSL 7

KARACHI: Young pacer Naseem Shah bagged his maiden fifer in Pakistan Super League (PSL) and lay down solid foundation for Quetta Gladiators as they beat Karachi Kings by eight wickets to make solid comeback in seventh edition of the league. 

It were openers Will Smeed and Ahsan Ali who scored 76 runs together to let Gladiators easily chase the target.

Earlier, Naseem helped his team bowl out Kings for 113 runs in fourth match here at National Stadium Karachi on Saturday.

Gladiators followed the trend and opted to bowl first after winning the toss. Kings’ batting line collapsed as they kept on losing wickets after regular intervals.

Skipper Babar Azam fought hard and scored 32 runs off 29 balls including four boundaries. He saw his batters collapsed in a hurry.

Aamer Yamin (20) and Imad Wasim (26) rescued Kings in middle overs as they scored some handy runs for their team. Imad struck two boundaries and a six whereas Aamer smashed two maximums and a boundary.

Apart from Naseem, Sohail Tanvir bagged two wickets while Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz and James Faulkner shared a wicket apiece.

Set to chase 114, Ahsan scored his second fifty in a row whereas Smeed scored 30 runs to start off things strongly for Gladiators. Ahsan remained not out for 57 laced with eight boundaries.

Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed scored handy 16 runs including three boundaries to complete chase for the winning side.

Mohammad Imran was the lone wicket taker for Kings.