Babar Azam 85* in vain as Rilee Rossouw, Khushdil Shah lead Multan Sultans to 12-run win
In Multan Sultans Vs Karachi Kings | Match 16 | PSL 6 Multan Sultans 176 for 5 (Shah 44*, Rossouw 44, Perera 2-12) beat Karachi Kings 164 for 6 (Azam 85*, Walton 35, Imran 3-28) by 12 runs Needing to win almost every game to keep their playoff hopes alive, the Multan Sultans began their UAE leg with a 12-run victory over the second-place Karachi Kings. Imran Tahir also plays a starring role.
Rilee Rossouw and Khushdil Shah hit match-turning 40s on a slow surface to help the Sultans recover from a brief stutter that resulted in them finishing with 176 for 5, which was at least 30 fewer than they appeared to be getting at the halfway point.
However, the Kings’ response never progressed.The outcome was unaffected by Babar Azam’s presence until the final over of the chase.He made 85*, an innings that never truly escaped second stuff until he got to a 45-ball 50 years in the fourteenth over.Then, at that point, even an exciting speed increase towards the end was sufficiently not to get them over the line.
When Sohaib Maqsood walked in to bat in the very first over, the Maqsoods made an immediate impact. As he pursued Imad Wasim, he quickly gained attention.He used his height and muscle to keep backing away to pepper the off-side boundaries in a sequence of 4,4,6,4 in Wasim’s second over, the third of the innings, to give the Sultans a power boost, knowing that the ball wouldn’t turn or even skid through on a slow deck.
When Sohaib confronted Waqas Maqsood, the left-arm medium pacer, he slapped the first delivery to the point boundary.But four balls later, when Sohaib chopped while attempting to run one down to third man, Waqas would have his man.The Sultans were 40 for 2 in four overs at that point.
Rizwan and Rossouw rev up Mohammad Amir’s search for swing was unsuccessful, making Rizwan and Rossouw easy pickings.Off the third ball he went head to head Amir, Rizwan casually flicked him over fine leg to get rolling.
Rossouw also backed away to pull as if he were swatting a mid-120s bowler when Amir got shorter.The Sultans were going to respond with some kind of message like this.The Sultans were well-positioned at 107 for 2 in ten overs when the pair reached their half-century stand in just 28 deliveries.
Perera applies the brakes, Shah applies the final touches. The brakes came next.From the middle of the tenth over until the beginning of the sixteenth, the Sultans didn’t score a boundary, and they lost both of their set batsmen, Rizwan and Rossouw, in just three deliveries.With his straightforward wicket-to-wicket strategy and excellent pace variations, Thisara Perera dictated terms.Perera only bowled three overs, but his 2 for 12 helped keep the Sultans in check in the middle.
The Sultans found a savior in Shah after going into the final overs having lost 4 for 21.He slowed down, perhaps realizing that he had to bat until the end, and then suddenly came alive, clouting Amir for two fours and a six in the 19th over.By that time, Shah had contributed with a neat unbeaten 32-ball 44.
The Kings suffered an early setback when Sharjeel Khan was run out backing up too far at the non-striker’s end in the fourth over. Azam left empty-handed, but Tahir left an impression.After that, Martin Guptill did little to improve his reputation in Asia because he was completely caught by a Tahir googly for a laborious 16-ball 11 in the tenth over, when the asking rate had soared to 11.50.Only Azam stood in the way of the Sultans’ victory.
Chadwick Walton became his ally, and the two of them used some cheeky strokes to offset the rising asking rate by trying to use pace rather than pushing the ball big.Tahir was denied a third wicket when Rizwan failed to stump him on 61 with 72 required off 29 deliveries.By crushing the subsequent ball for a six, Azam immediately increased the pressure.
The Kings continued their final assault into the final three overs, eventually reducing it to 36 off the final two.However, you had the impression that they were just one big shot or run away from defeat, which is exactly what transpired in the end.In the end, Azam was stuck on 85, possibly wondering if he had made a mistake.
Rilee RossouwKhushdil ShahBabar AzamPakistanMultan SultansKarachi KingsSultans vs. KingsPSL Babar Azam’s 85* in vain as Multan Sultans hold on Despite Babar Azam’s best efforts (85* off 63) and Chadwick Walton’s additional contribution (35 off 23), Karachi Kings were unable to break their win-loss streak of this season, falling to theirMultan Sultans, who had only won one of their previous five matches, reached an above-par total of 176/5 before the bowlers did just enough to win. Multan Sultans went into this match with just one win.
As Karachi Kings struggled to get going, Azam had a rather shaky start to the chase, going as many as nine balls without scoring his first run.That was emphasizd by the evil karma that brought a runout at the non-striker’s end.
Sharjeel Khan was caught well short of his crease when Azam’s straight drive off Imran Khan hit the stumps at the non-striker’s end and clipped the bowler’s finger.With a not entirely convincing pull shot over deep square leg for a six in the fifth over, Azam overcame his initial batting fatigue.In spite of this, Kings had only fallen to 31 for 1 in PowerPlay overs in Multan Sultans Vs Karachi Kings | Match 16 | PSL 6.
Azam batting in the center overs in the organization of the accomplished Martin Guptill was supposed to provide the pursuit with a touch of steam, yet Guptill’s exit in the tenth over (for 11 off 16) and Najibullah Zadran’s in the twelfth (for 11 off 6) left the group well at a major disadvantage.
Kings were reduced to 92 for 3 in the 14th over when Azam hit one of his hardest half-centuries off 48 balls, leaving them to chase 85 off the final 36 balls.However, the Azam-Chadwick Walton stand came very close to dramatically ending the Multan Sultans’ advantage.
In order to keep up with the ever-increasing required rate, the pair dealt sixes, ones, and twos.They still needed 50 runs from the final three overs, which they got with 36 runs from 12 balls.Azam started the penultimate over with a six and a four, but Sohail Khan made a remarkable comeback in the over to give up only three more runs and throw Walton out.After that, Imran Khan took three wickets to prevent Azam from scoring 23 in the final over and taking the game away from them.
Despite Rahmanullah Gurbaz’s early departure, the top order helped Multan Sultans advance before the bowlers could hold on.When Sohaib Maqsood went after Imad Wasim in a 21-run over, he gave the Sultans some momentum in their bats.He succumbed in the subsequent over, but the batting team had already established a strong foundation.After that, captain Mohammad Rizwan and Rilee Rossouw rebuilt the team while maintaining a scoring rate of over 10 runs per over.However, when both of the set batsmen left in the 11th over, the Sultans were unable to recover from their 10-over score of 107 for 2.
Khushdil Shah offered his assistance because Sultans required additional maintenance.As Shimron Hetmyer couldn’t stay for long, he had to take care of most of the work.Sultans reached 176/5 in the final over thanks to Khushdil’s assault on Amir in the 20th over, a total large enough to secure all of the day’s points.
Brief Ratings: Khushdil Shah’s 44* and Rilee Rossouw’s 44 helped the Multan Sultans to 176/5 in 20 overs.Thisara Perera 2-12) beat Karachi Lords 164/7 out of 20 overs (Babar Azam 85*, Chadwick Walton 35;By 12 runs, Imran Khan (3-28).
Despite today’s victory, the Multan Sultans are still reeling at No.5, and the Karachi Kings have been able to keep their No. 5 position.2 position despite this defeat.The latter, on the other hand, will need to find a new hero and let go of their reliance on Babar Azam.In order for the Sultans to move up the points table, they need a few more of these “brave” performances.As a result, Rishi and Pradeep are leaving.In 45 minutes, tune in to the second game of the doubleheader.Cheerio!
Mohammad Rizwan, captain of the Multan Sultans:We didn’t think about the uncontrollables because the toss wasn’t in our hands, so we just gave it our best and won. Every team tries to win.We tried deciding based on the conditions with four pacers and one spinner, and we will continue to do so in subsequent matches.
Man of the Match: Rilee RossouwIt paid off for me to play brave cricket because we wanted to.In the team meetings, the coach and captain decided on that for the team.
Imad Wasim, the losing captain: “They bowled well; maybe we could have gone hard at the top,” he said. “But credit to them — they bowled to a plan and executed it well.”We didn’t do anything wrong; Babar is a great player who typically performs well for us.I thought we did a good job keeping them below 180 with the way they started. It was a good wicket.Considered the powerplay to be crucial in both matchups.
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