Saturday Feb 20, 2021
Karachi Kings got their title defence off to a brilliant start, defeating Quetta Gladiators by seven wickets in the opening match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 at the National Stadium Karachi.
Gladiators, after being invited to bat first, lost wickets at regular intervals and could only muster 121 runs in the face of some impressive seam bowling by the Kings, for whom the young Arshad Iqbal (3-16) starred.
In response, the Kings' run chase was never in trouble. Despite losing the early wicket of Sharjeel Khan, they immediately got back on their feet, reaching their target with more than six overs and seven wickets to spare.
Babar Azam, for once, wasn't the top performer for the Kings. Joe Clarke's scintillating 23-ball 46 was the highlight of the port city team's innings. Later, Mohammad Nabi chipped in with an unbeaten 30 off 14 to get his team home.
Karachi Kings: Babar Azam, Sharjeel Khan, Colin Ingram, Joe Clarke (wk), Mohammad Nabi, Dan Christian, Imad Wasim (capt) Aamer Yamin, Waqas Maqsood, Mohammad Amir, Arshad Iqbal
Quetta Gladiators: Chris Gayle, Tom Banton, Azam Khan, Sarfaraz Ahmed (capt &wk(), Saim Ayub, Ben Cutting, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Hasnain, Qais Ahmed, Naseem Shah, Usman Shinwari
Live score updates for the match appear below: