Colin Ingram with his heroic unbeaten 127 (59) runs innings took the underdog Karachi Kings to the winning stand against mighty Quetta Gladiators in the Saturday’s match at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Ingram became the first overseas player to score a century in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). The top-order batsman hit 12 fours, and as many as eight sixes on a strike rate of 215.25.
Sohail Tanvir picked two wickets in his four-over quota off 21 runs, while Muhammad Nawaz and Fawad Ahmed picked one wicket each.
Fast bowler Ghulam Mudassar and Anwar Ali’s stats were a sorry tale as they departed the stadium wicketless while giving runs on an average of 14.66 and 10.90 respectively.
Quetta Gladiators posted 187-run target courtesy innings played by Umar Akmal and Anwar Ali – which could be best described as ‘annihilation’ of the Karachi Kings’ bowling attack led by Muhammad Aamir.
The in-form Akmal took charge of the Gladiators after Watson and Rossouw took the team to a formidable position, the former Pakistan middle-order batsman concluded his innings with 55 runs off 37 balls with five boundaries on 148.64 strike rate.
Rilee Rossouw played his fair share with his 44 runs off 32 balls.
But in a show dominated with Akmal and Rossouw, a late six-ball cameo of Anwar Ali, made his special place in the improvised sports drama. Anwar with his late perfect slogging contributed 27 runs with four sixes.
For Kings, Aamir Yamin took three wickets off 37 runs while Muhammad Aamir gave 39 runs on just one wicket.