Quetta Hang on Despite Almost Zero Chances of Qualification

Quetta Hang on Despite Almost Zero Chances of Qualification
Quetta Hang on Despite Almost Zero Chances of Qualification

Quetta Gladiators upset Karachi Kings by 23 runs to keep their dreams of making the PSL7 playoffs alive. Quetta is now in fifth place in the PSL points table and will be looking for a big loss for Islamabad in their upcoming encounter in order to leapfrog them due to a higher net run rate.

The Gladiators made a slow start to their innings at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, as they were unable to score freely on a difficult wicket. Jason Roy pushed them through the innings, scoring another half-century and guiding them to a comfortable 166/4 total.

Joe Clarke and Babar Azam got Karachi off to a good start, laying the groundwork for the chase.

The run chase collapsed soon after Babar’s wicket, as Karachi lost wickets at regular intervals. At Karachi, Khurram Shehzad took four key wickets as the visitors were reduced to 143/8.

Khurram Shehzad was selected player of the match for his outstanding performance. In his four overs, he concluded with figures of 4/22.

Pre Match

The 28th match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 7 will pit Quetta Gladiators against Karachi Kings. On Sunday, February 20, at 2:30 p.m. PKT, the two teams will face off at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

Match Preview

Quetta will be praying for a miracle when they face Karachi Kings in the final match of the PSL 7 group stages. Karachi, on the other hand, has already been eliminated from the tournament and will be hoping for a win to finish their campaign.

In their previous match, Quetta was totally outplayed by Multan Sultans, and they will be desperate to swiftly bounce back and earn their fourth victory of the season.

Jason Roy and Umar Akmal will be hoping to keep up their excellent run and help Quetta win this match.

Babar Azam will be hoping for a repeat performance against Lahore in order to finish the season on a positive note. Karachi might be a deadly opponent for Quetta if it has nothing to lose.

Quetta is expected to make some changes to their lineup, while Karachi is expected to keep their lineup the same.

Match Details

Date Sunday, 20 February 2022
Time 02:30 pm PKT
Venue Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
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Possible Playing XIs

Quetta Gladiators possible XI –Sarfaraz Ahmed (c)(wk), Will Smeed, Jason Roy, Ahsan Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Umar Akmal, Hassan Khan, Naseem Shah, Ghulam Muddasar, Noor Ahmed, Khurram Shehzad

Karachi Kings possible XI –Babar Azam (c), Sharjeel Khan, Joe Clarke (wk), Mohammad Nabi, Rohail Nazir, Lewis Gregory, Chris Jordan, Imad Wasim, Qasim Akram, Mir Hamza, Usman Shinwari

Head to Head

In total, the two sides have met 13 times during the competition. With eight victories, the Gladiators have the upper hand, while the Kings have five. They last met in PSL 7, which Quetta won by 8 wickets at National Stadium Karachi on January 29, 2022.

X-Factor

Jason Roy will be hoping to keep up his good run and score a key goal for Quetta in this crucial match. Gladiators will be hoping that he can help them get off to a strong start and secure a big win.

In recent games, Qasim Akram has been a huge X-factor for Karachi. The Kings will be hoping that the youngster can give them the motivation they need to keep going and finish the season strong.

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