As Karachi King’s performance deteriorates, they plunge to fourth position on points table. The last two games have exposed weakness in their batting lineup and King’s bowling doesn’t seem to be intimidating too. The match last night has been a shocker for the fans of Karachi Kings to see their team descending fast as they were at the top a week ago.
Batting first, Quetta Gladiators scored 180 propelled by Shane Watson’s 90 not out and Kevin Pietersen’s 52. The duo blasted Kings bowlers to all parts of the ground and substantiated a winning score against the detracting Karachi batting. The exclusion of Shahid Afridi in the last match couldn’t make any difference. He got out habitually playing absolutely a nothing shot in the air to mid off fieldsman.
The trend takes a dramatic turn in PSL. Karachi being the top team for first two weeks now fully exposed and vulnerable apparently in all departments. All three teams like Quetta Gladiators, Peshawar Zalmi and Islamabad United started the tournament in a wobbly style, now are re-emerging as the main contenders for the final four. The second match between Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi tonight will further determine the fate of Karachi Kings at the points table. If Peshawar Zalmi wins tonight, then Karachi Kings will be further pushed down to fifth position. This decline of the Kings has been rapid in past few days, frustrating them and equally surprising the management.
In the first match today, the top team Multan Sultan will take on Lahore Qalandars resting at the bottom of table. Lahore Qalandars desperately want to avoid an early exit when they meet table toppers. On the other hand a win over Lahore today will ensure Multan a place in the last four. It’ll be interesting to see whether Qalandars select dropped Omar Akmal as their last chance to make an encouraging comeback from depths of extinction.