The second match of the Pakistan Super League between Quetta Gladiators and Karachi Kings entertained the Dubai crowd throughout as Karachi registered their first-ever win against the Gladiators in the tournament's history. The former Australian all rounder thrived on dropped catches to take the Lahore spinners to cleaners.
The all-rounder has been Quetta's standout performer so far, impressing with the bat in the opener against Karachi Kings before delivering with the ball in the second, and he knows the team's expectations from him have increased due to this.
Even though Narine got his revenge by castling Watson, Shafiq and Umar Amin (13 not out) played out positively and helped Quetta complete the chase in 14 overs with nine wickets in hand.
Initially, Irfan Jr must have felt fairly comfortable with his timing and connection he had made but it quickly became evident he had ended up getting more height than distance.
He was ably supported by Asad Shafiq (38 off 36 balls, 1 four and 3 sixes) who along with Watson strung a 92-run partnership for the first wicket as they proceeded to make short work of the 120-run target set by Lahore Qalandars, to earn Quetta's largest win in terms of wickets. Shane Watson managed three wickets, while Mohammad Nawaz and Umar Amin tried to fight back with 30 and 31 runs, respectively.
Jofra Archer took three wickets from his four, while giving away just 23 runs. However, Shahid Afridi had other ideas. They were on course to a higher total but the Gladiators' bowler Shane Watson put in a fine display with the ball in the last over taking three wickets.
Brendon McCullum and Sunil Narine gave a superb start to Lahore, which was 45 for no loss after three overs.