Quetta Gladiators’ PSL 2022 fate is not in their hands anymore after they got absolutely mauled by Multan Sultans on Friday. It was their third straight defeat and leaves them languishing in fifth place and trailing fourth-place Islamabad United by two points.
If Islamabad win their match against Lahore Qalandars tonight, it will be game over for Quetta and it wouldn’t matter then what they do against Karachi in this fixture.
However, even if Islamabad lose, Quetta would still only have an outside shot of qualifying for the playoffs as their net run rate (-0.917) is substantially worse than Islamabad’s.
Thus, it is very likely that Quetta would be unable to make the playoffs for a third straight season. On top of everything, they’ve just lost James Faulkner, who has left after a fallout with the league as well as the Pakistan Cricket Board.
Talk about not making the playoffs and here we have Karachi Kings, whose fate beyond the PSL exit door was sealed a while ago.
Their fans did finally have something to celebrate as they got their first win of the season on Friday. The victory would taste even sweeter as it came against fierce rivals Lahore Qalandars.
There was nothing special done by batters once again, with captain Babar Azam top scoring with 39 as the Kings were skittled out for a mere 149.
Karachi bowlers, however, did impress, with Mir Hamza in particular playing a prominent role. He took four key wickets, including the prized one of Fakhar Zaman.
Truth be told, the win was more about Lahore melting down that Karachi doing something spectacular. The result would also not tell anything about their rotten season or give any insight into their future. Karachi must rebuild and overhaul their squad in the offseason and that’s the only lesson here.