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In Islamabad United Vs Multan Sultans | Match 3 | PSL 6 Lewis Gregory dragged Islamabad United across the line in their season opener against Multan Sultans in Karachi with 49 not out from 31 balls to seal a three-wicket win with six balls to spare. United’s chase was derailed by the Afridi show, but the England all-rounder saw them home. Islamabad United beat Multan Sultans 150 for 8 (Rizwan 71, Wasim 3-29) by three wickets. Multan Sultans won by three

Islamabad United Vs Multan Sultans  Match 3  PSL 6

After being asked to bat, Mohammad Rizwan supported the Sultans’ total of 150. However, despite posting the highest score of the season’s opening weekend, they appeared below par, including being 92 for 3 after 11 overs.Shahid Afridi’s performance in the middle overs stalled United’s chase, causing them to fall to 74 for 6 after 11.1 overs. However, Gregory’s cameo saved them from defeat.

After winning two of the first three PSL titles, the United failed to make the playoffs for the first time in 2020, finishing last in the league and winning only three of their ten games.However, they have started the season with a win despite not quite clicking and have recruited well ahead of time, with Alex Hales, Gregory, and Hasan Ali joining the team.

Star of the Day Gregory didn’t do well in the BBL for the Brisbane Heat, but he did well in his debut for his new team.He removed his fellow player James Vince with the ball, who cut him to deep third man and caught Khushdil Shah at long-on.He went 2 for 31 from his four overs, costing only six runs in his final over, the 17th.

However, he was the United’s match-winner with the bat, hitting Sohail Tanvir for 26 off 11 balls in the final over.He hit Tanvir for a six and three fours to finish with the required 20 from 11 balls, picking his gaps with strong ground shots.Faheem Ashraf played a cameo role for Gregory, scoring 22 out of 12 in Islamabad United Vs Multan Sultans | Match 3 | PSL 6. 

Tragic hero of the day It was a terrible injustice that Afridi lost after scoring 2 for 24 in four overs.His first-ball duck demonstrates that as his career progresses, his returns with the bat have diminished, but he continues to develop as a bowler and does not appear to be getting any older.He mostly bowled from very wide on the crease on Sunday night, looking for his signature drift at pace. He always landed the ball on a good length, attacking the stumps.

His most memorable strike was one of a kind Afridi.Hales, who was performing admirably, had reached an ominous 28 off 17 in the powerplay and appeared to be on track to extend his run-scoring streak from the Big Bash; however, he was unable to pick up the length as Afridi hit one through at 60.5 mph/97.4 kph with typical spring in his action.Hales was foxed by an in-drifter that pounded back the middle stump when he went back when he should have come forward.

Hussain Talat top-edged a reverse sweep to hit Afridi for six in his second over, but he struck with the first ball of his third, fooling Asif Ali in the air as he picked Vince out at long-on.As a result, the United States were at 73 for 4 and required a partnership to maintain their hopes.

Five balls later, the champagne moment arrived.Afridi pounced when Talat pushed him toward short midwicket and launched him for a single.He picked up the ball and hurled it at the goalkeeper in one smooth motion. His direct hit left Iftikhar Ahmed stranded a long way short of his ground.Afridi broke out in a run reminiscent of Imran Tahir and punched the air in celebration after celebrating in his signature way for his two wickets.

He held a similar chance four balls later and threw the ball into the ground, frustrated at his earlier error. In the 16th over, he had made a straightforward catch at mid-off.Afridi’s 41st birthday is in eight days, but his passion for the game never wavers.

Miss of the Day: Rizwan’s deceleration cost his new franchise, even though he continued where he left off in Pakistan’s T20I series against South Africa by racing to a half-century off 31 balls.Rizwan had a hard time finding his rhythm at the end, scoring just 21 runs off his last 22 balls. He also decided bizarrely to play out Shadab Khan’s final over when he should have been looking to hit out.Despite lacking support from the rest of the top order, Multan’s total was 10 to 15 points below what it could and should have been. His slowdown was to blame.

An honorable mention goes to Mohammad Wasim, who made his first-ever T20 appearance in a professional setting while representing Pakistan at the Under-19 World Cup just over a year ago.In his first over, the fourth, he gave up a few boundaries, but in his second, he varied his pace well.

His first wicket in the PSL came when Sohaib Maqsood was run out at deep mid wicket, but his final over stood out:He dispatched Afridi a ball later as he attempted to drag him into the leg side and ripped through Rizwan with a searing yorker that tailed in to knock him out off stump.An excellent debut was fairly reflected by overall figures of 3 for 29.

Islamabad United Vs Multan Sultans  Match 3  PSL 6
Match Summary

Lewis Gregory – Mohammad Rizwan – Shahid Afridi – Mohammed Wasim – Pakistan – Sultans – United – PSL

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