Shane Watson’s unbeaten 90-run knock for the Quetta Gladiators consigned a subdued Karachi Kings side to their second-straight defeat of the Pakistan Super League 2018 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
The Aussie veteran carried the bat, smacking seven 6s in his boundary-laden innings to help his side to a sizable 180-run total, which the Kings never looked like reaching, eventually falling 67 runs short.
After the Kings won the toss and opted to field first. Watson and Asad Shafiq opened the batting for the Gladiators, with Imad Wasim and Mohammad Amir sharing the new ball for the Kings.
A tight first over (just 3 conceded) by Usman Khan Shinwari meant the Gladiators were 37-0 after 5. But Watson continued his shellacking in the sixth, punishing Mohammad Irfan Jr for two 4s and a 6 — the latter being an unorthodox shot over the fine-leg boundary.
In the end, the Kings ended up losing by 67 runs.
Kings XI: Shahid Afridi, JL Denly, Babar Azam, CA Ingram, RS Bopara, Imad Wasim (c), Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Irfan jnr, Mohammad Amir, D Wiese, Usman Khan.
Gladiators XI: Asad Shafiq, SR Watson, KP Pietersen, RR Rossouw, Rameez Raja (2), Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Anwar Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Khan, B Laughlin, Rahat Ali.
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