Quetta Gladiators broke their 5-match losing streak in a bottom-of-the-table clash against the Karachi Kings. The Gladiators have won only 2 games in the season so far, and both those victories have been against the Kings. Let’s discover how this match progressed and what impact it had on the Sportiqo market.
Match 22: Quetta Gladiators vs. Karachi Kings
Quetta Gladiators 168 for 6 (Guptill 86(↑40%), Naseem 2/31(↓9%)) beat Karachi Kings 164 for 6 (Rossington 69, Shamsi 2/20) by 4 wickets.
Quetta Gladiators decided to go for the chase after winning the toss against the Karachi Kings. Naseem Shah(↓9%) struck on the first ball of the match to send Matthew Wade back to the pavilion. The other top 6 batters also struggled with the exception of Adam Rossington. The Englishman scored 69 runs off just 45 balls to keep his side in the hunt. Imad Wasim(↑3%) and Aamer Yamin played useful cameos of 30*(20) and 23*(11) to power Karachi to 164 for 6.
Quetta Gladiators top order woes continued as they lost their first 5 wickets for just 63 runs. They required 102 more runs in 61 deliveries at that stage. Martin Guptill(↑40%) was batting slowly, and Sarfraz was struggling with timing too. The game seemed to have gone out of Karachi’s hands with 64 runs needed in the last 26 balls. The required rate was over 15, and the Kings were bossing the game.
But Martin Guptill(↑40%) had other ideas as he was keen to repeat his heroics of the previous match against Karachi. He was 41* after 40 balls, but the next 16 deliveries of his innings brought 45 runs. Mohammad Amir(↓33%) conceded 10 in the penultimate over, as 8 were needed in the final over. The first two balls went for just one run as things became interesting. But Dwaine Pretorious went 4,2 and 4 in his 3-ball innings to seal the game. Tabraiz Shamsi was the pick of the bowlers as he took 2 wickets in his 4 overs for just 20 runs.
Turning Point of the Match
The Kings were way ahead in the game with 57 runs required off the final 4 overs. Martin Guptill(↑40%) took James Fuller for 6,4,0,4,4,6 in the 18th over of the innings. The required rate came down from 14.25 to 11, and the match turned on its head.
Martin Guptill(↑40%) destroyed the bowling lineup of his former opposition yet again. His match-winning knock of 86* came in 56 deliveries and had 9 fours and 4 sixes in it. It earned him 53 SportiScores on Monday. Imad Wasim(↑3%) continued his fine form to grab 20.6 points. He hit 3 fours and a six to score 30* off 20. He then bowled one over, didn’t get a wicket, and gave 6 runs.
Let’s see the performances and SportiScores of the most prominent players on day 20:
Player Performance SportiScores Earned
Martin Guptill 86(56) 53
Imad Wasim 30(20) & 0/6 20.6
Naseem Shah 2/31 4.5
Iftikhar Ahmed 4(6) -7
Mohammad Amir 0/37 -7.5
Guptill’s stocks soared by 43.6 SPQs after his heroics in a tight game. Mohammed Amir(↓33%) went for 37 runs in his quota of 4 overs without getting a wicket. It caused his price to drop by 19.1 SPQs. Another flop show by Iftikhar Ahmed(↓28%) resulted in a 17 SPQ price drop for him.
Let’s find out in detail how the prices have changed for the top players after the twentieth day of the league:
Player SportiScores 06 Mar Price 07 Mar Price % Change Cumulative SPQs Earned
Martin Guptill 53 109.7 153.3 40% 133.5
Imad Wasim 20.6 277.6 286.70 3% 274.8
Naseem Shah 4.5 57 51.8 -9% 31.4
Iftikhar Ahmed -7 60.7 43.70 -28% 22.7
Mohammad Amir -7.5 57.6 38.5 -33% 25.9