South Africa batsman Colin Ingram hit the first century of PSL 2019 as Karachi Kings – who started the match at the bottom of the points chart – defeated table-toppers Quetta Gladiators by six wickets in Sharjah on Sunday.
The Gladiators posted 186-5 which seemed beyond Karachi at one stage. But Ingram’s unbeaten 127 from 59 balls helped them reach 188-4 with eight balls to spare.
Quetta had things under control for a majority of the match. They first posted an above average 186-5 with Umar Akmal (55) and Rilee Rossouw (44) doing the bulk of the scoring.
Then with the ball, Quetta reduced Karachi to 4-2, with star batsman Babar Azam out for a first-ball duck by left-arm seamer Sohail Tanvir before Colin Munro was out for three.
Victory seemed a formality after Awais Zia was out in the eighth over with Karachi 54-3 and Quetta charging towards their fifth straight win.
COLIN INGRAM BECOMES THE FIRST PLAYER FROM OUTSIDE PAKISTAN TO SCORE A CENTURY IN THE PSL— Cricingif (@_cricingif) February 24, 2019
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But South African batsman Colin Ingram wasn’t done. He took the Quetta bowlers head-on, thrashing Mohammad Nawaz for 51 runs from his four overs and Ghulam Mudassar for 44 from his three. Ingram’s century included 12 hits to the fence and eight over it.
While Ingram registered the first century of PSL 2019 and fourth overall, not a single Karachi batsman crossed 20.
Quetta seamer Sohail Tanvir kept things tight from his end, registering figures of 2-21 from four.
Earlier, Karachi captain Imad Wasim produced yet another highly economical spell with the new ball. The left-arm spinner opened the bowling and gave away just 13 runs from his four overs even though he didn’t pick up a wicket.
With the win, Karachi moved out of the bottom of the table while Quetta remained at the top.
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