Multan Sultans Vs Islamabad United | Match 29 | PSL 7, Sultans beat United by 105 for 7 (Tahir 2-8, Afridi 2-21) by six wickets despite a brief early stutter against a depleted United with 111 for 4 (Rizwan 51*, Dawson 3-16). There was very little riding on this game, and perhaps that showed through in the way it played out.
| Multan Sultans 111 for 4 (Rizwan 51*, Dawson 3-16) beat Islamabad United 105 for 7 (Tahir 2-8, Afridi 2-21) by six wickets |
There was very little riding on this game, and perhaps that shone through in the way it played out. Islamabad United, hobbling on as injuries continue to ravage them, limped to 105 in 20 overs, before an unbeaten 42-ball 51 from Mohammad Rizwan helped Multan Sultans canter to a six-wicket victory despite a brief early stutter. But for the unlikeliest of miracles United were assured progression to the last four, though the depleted state in which they eventually got there perhaps raises questions about their ability to be competitive.
Islamabad United book playoffs berth despite big loss
Rizwan’s half-century helped Multan canter to a six-wicket win despite a brief early stutter against a depleted United
Islamabad United secure playoff berth despite big loss.Mohammad Rizwan’s unbeaten 42-ball 51 helped Multan Sultans canter to a six-wicket victory, despite a brief early stutter, as Islamabad United struggled to 105 in 20 overs.United, on the other hand, were guaranteed, by the unlikeliest of miracles, to advance to the round of 16. However, the depleted state in which they eventually reach the round of 16 may raise concerns regarding their competitiveness.
United, like Quetta Gladiators, which earlier defeated Karachi Kings to win, finish with four wins in ten, but they were able to sneak into the elimination round thanks to a net run rate that was significantly higher.They were no match for the ruthless Sultans bowling line-up, which forced them to change in half a dozen ways throughout the innings.No Islamabad batter, with the exception of Muhammad Musa and Liam Dawson, achieved a run-a-ball, with Tim David, Imran Tahir, and even Asif Afridi contributing wickets.
United’s best chance of a big total was Azam Khan in the middle order, as superstars and power players were scarce elsewhere.However, he wound up battling in particular, let alone to get some closure by a ripper of a catch at profound midwicket by Shan Masood, who really can’t put a foot wrong in this opposition.Masood once more took the catch at deep midwicket to penetrate the lower order after skipper Asif Ali’s miserable PSL with the bat continued.Only a devil-may-care appearance by Musa, who went undefeated with 26 in 21, enabled his team to reach three figures and set the Sultans up for victory with a score of 106.
If United were to be eliminated at the expense of the Gladiators, they needed to get there in 3.4 overs, a time that was almost impossible to calculate.Instead, they got a brief scare of their own when Tim David was cheaply dismissed after Dawson took three early wickets and reduced them to 18 for three.Mohammad Rizwan, on the other hand, was happy to lead his team toward the goal in a situation like this.He had a partner in David Willey who was aware of the situation. He used sensible, game-appropriate shots instead and went unbeaten with 28 wins out of 32 matches.
The Sultans prolonged the match until the 18th over, when they finally put United—and the match as a whole—out of their misery. The game seemed to go on forever.Rizwan was able to reach 50 with a stunning six-over-cover for the winning runs, giving him another chance to improve on his incredible career numbers.United will be left licking their wounds, both literally and metaphorically, as the Sultans prepare for a likely blockbuster matchup against the Sultans on Wednesday.
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