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Islamabad United beat Multan Sultans by 3 wickets in PSL conflict

Islamabad United beat Multan Sultans by 3 wickets in PSL clash
Magnificient energy hitting by Lewis Gregory within the late overs helped Islamabad United win by three wickets towards Multan Sultans of their opening 2021 Pakistan Tremendous League encounter on the Nationwide Stadium in Karachi on Sunday.

Regardless of shedding wickets in succession in the direction of the center of their innings, the United chased the 151-run goal set by the Sultans with six balls to spare.

Alex Hales and Phil Salt started United’s run chase, however earlier than they may solidify the partnership, Salt (13) was caught by James Vince off Mohammad Umar within the 4th over.

He was changed by Shadab Khan, who might solely chip in 5 runs earlier than getting caught out off Carlos Brathwaite.

Hales added a fantastic 29 off 20, together with two fours and as many sixes, to his facet’s complete however was bowled by Shahid Afridi within the seventh over.

Afridi struck once more 4 overs later, dismissing Asif Ali who managed 9 runs from 9 balls. United started to really feel much more strain after Iftikhar Ahmed was run out by Afridi 5 balls later.

Extra hassle adopted for the United as Hussain Talat was caught off Khushdil Shah earlier than Faheem Ashraf and Lewis Gregory tried to save lots of the match from slipping away.

Ashraf put up 22 runs on the scoreboard from 12 balls earlier than he was caught by Afridi off Brathwaite within the sixteenth over.

However Man of the Match Gregory persevered, smashing a six and three consecutive fours within the second final over to see the United dwelling.

Sultans innings

Earlier, after being despatched in to bat, the Sultans completed at 150-8 of their allotted 20 overs, because of a splendid 71-run knock by new captain Mohammad Rizwan.

Chris Lynn and Rizwan opened the innings for the Sultans, however Lynn (1 off 5) was dismissed within the second over solely, caught by keeper Phil Salt off Faheem Ashraf.

Rizwan then piled on runs to construct up his group’s complete, scoring 43 off 27 in 10 overs. The Sultans misplaced their second wicket within the eighth over, when James Vince (16) was caught by Ashraf on a ball by Lewis Gregory.

Rilee Rossouw helped Rizwan with a 25-run knock off 14 laced with two fours and as many sixes, earlier than he was caught by Mohammad Waseem off Shadab Khan.

Waseem struck once more within the subsequent over, sending Sohaib Maqsood packing after scoring two runs. Khushdil Khan (7), in the meantime, was caught by Alex Hales off Gregory within the 14th over.

A breakthrough got here for the United within the nineteenth over when Waseem bowled out Rizwan, who scored his 71 from 53 balls.

The unstoppable Waseem additionally dismissed Shahid Afridi within the very subsequent ball for a golden duck.

Earlier, Islamabad United received the toss and determined to subject first towards the Sultans.

“Numerous dew on the floor, and we would like to limit them to round 140,” United captain Shadab Khan mentioned, in keeping with ESPNCricinfo.

“We try to play our greatest XI in keeping with the pitch and we’ll try to profit from these circumstances,” Sultans’ new skipper Mohammad Rizwan mentioned.

This was the second PSL match of the day. Within the first match, Lahore Qalandars beat Peshawar Zalmi by 4 wickets.

Islamabad United: Alex Hales, Phil Salt (wk), Shadab Khan (capt), Hussain Talat, Asif Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Lewis Gregory, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Zafar Gohar, Mohammad Waseem Jnr

Multan Sultans: Mohammad Rizwan (capt&wk), Chris Lynn, James Vince, Rilee Rossouw, Sohaib Maqsood, Khushdil Shah, Shahid Afridi, Carlos Brathwaite, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Umar, Sohaibullah