PSL 2019: Umer Khan gets Shane Watson out for second time to continue dream campaign

Waseem Ahmed 00:35 11/03/2019
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Umer Khan. Image: PSL/Twitter

Karachi Kings’ 19-year-old left-arm spinner Umer Khan continued his dream PSL 2019 campaign by putting in a match-winning performance in a crucial game against Quetta Gladiators that sealed a playoff spot in Karachi on Sunday.

Umer now has 13 wickets from nine matches. And a major chunk of those scalps are top wickets.

The left-arm spinner has already dismissed AB de Villiers, Shane Watson (twice), Shoaib Malik, Luke Ronchi, Umar Akmal this season. All are in-form quality players of spin. For a teen finger spinner to get the best in the business out on a consistent basis is a remarkable effort.

In Sunday’ match, it was Umer’s four overs that had kept Karachi in the game before last-over brilliance from Usman Shinwari and hara-kiri from Quetta batsmen sealed the match in Kings’ favour.

Umer had the dangerous Watson caught at deep midwicket, Rilee Rossouw stumped off a wide ball and Akmal caught at deep cover. It was the second time in PSL 2019 that Umer had dismissed Watson.

It has been a dream campaign for Umer. According to ESPNcricinfo, Umer wasn’t among Karachi Kings’ first 20 players but the 21st player that teams are allowed to select from their own scouting programme. Rashid Latif, who was the franchise director, backed Umer’s inclusion.

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