Rossouw, Sarfraz fifties steer Quetta home

Sarfraz Ahmed, PSL 2017
Sarfraz, Rossouw hit fifties to see Quetta home © Pakistan Super League

The superb half-centuries from Rilee Rossouw and Sarfraz Ahmed have helped Quetta Gladiators win the second game of Pakistan Super League (PSL) on the trot, as they beat Karachi Kings by 7 wickets at the Dubai International Stadium.

Chasing 159 to win, Quetta were in a spot of bother early in the innings when they lost Ahmad Shehzad(11), Asad Shafiq(11) and Kevin Pietersen for a golden duck. Things were seemingly getting tough for Gladiators but not after Rilee Rossouw was joined by the Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed: both partnered for an unbeaten 130-run stand to see Quetta home.

Rile Rossouw top scored with 76* off 53 balls, while Sarfraz hit 56*(42).

Karachi Kings got off to a dismal start with the bat once again as their star-studded top order continued to misfire. Chris Gayle(10), Shahzaib Hassan(19), and Sangakkara(25) failed to provide any impetus to Karachi’s innings. However, a recovery led by Babar Azam(50) and late cameos from Malik and Bopara pushed Karachi’s total to a respectable reading.

Quetta has now won their both matches, while Karachi now stands at the bottom of the table, after having lost both of their opening matches.