Gayle played an uncharacteristic innings of 29 in 34 balls as he struggled in the must-win game. © PCB/PSL

Gayle played an uncharacteristic innings of 29 in 34 balls as he struggled in the must-win game. © PCB/PSL

Kumar Sangakkara, the captain of Karachi Kings, was not in agreement with the suggestion that the out-of-form and out-of-sorts Chris Gayle was the prime reason behind his team’s loss against Quetta Gladiators on Thursday (February 23).

Gayle played an uncharacteristic innings of 29 in 34 balls as he struggled in the must-win game, spoiling a solid 63-run start from Babar Azam (36) and Sangakkara (28) as Karachi could only set Quetta a 155-run target, which was overhauled with one over to spare.

Sangakkara argued that Gayle had given it his best. “He tried his best to hit the ball. I think it was just a case where he forgot to rotate the strike if he was not hitting it well,” said Sangakkara of the West Indian who has so far scored 2, 10, 5, 2 and 11 in the Pakistan Super League.

The win took Quetta into the playoffs, while Karachi were left needing to win both their remaining matches and hoping other results go their way.

“It was a very disappointing performance today, especially with the bat to start off with. We had a great start again but could not capitalise. We left about 30 runs out there on the field and that makes it hard,” said Sangakkara.

“You have an entire bad performance once in a while, unfortunately we had three of them and hopefully we can come back with two out of two wins.”

Karachi next play Lahore Qalandars on Saturday.