Multan Sultans defeated the reigning champions Islamabad United by four wickets. It was the second time Sultans beat United in the PSL 4 in a game played in Dubai on Tuesday
As Multan Sultans came out to chase a low total of 122 runs against Islamabad United, their openers, James Vince and Umer Siddiq had a perfect start. They had few hiccups in the first over of the inning, where United dropped a couple of chances, but after that, they played with authority.
The duo took Sultans to their half-century at the end of their powerplay. They were well on course of their target when Samit Patel managed to get rid of Vince, after he scored 28 off 17 balls. Soon after he walked back, the skipper, Shadab Khan removed newly arrived Johnston Charles on 4 (3).
Umer Siddiq looked in fine touch throughout his inning 46 runs off 45 deliveries. The score was always under control, so the wicketkeeper-batsman did not need to take any sort of risk and needed to rotate the strike.
Skipper, Shoaib Malik also supported his young partner as they both contributed 40 runs together with ease, before the opening batsman became a victim of Rumman Raees. Muhammad Musa bowled Laurie Evan soon after Siddiq’s dismissal, but it proved to be too late to put any sort of pressure on Sultans.
Daniel Christian provided the finishing touch with a mighty six on the first delivery, he scored quickfire 16 runs off 9 balls to take his team home at a loss of four wickets. Shoaib Malik remained unbeaten on 23 (32).
Four of Islamabad United bowlers Shadab Khan, Rumman Raees, Muhammad Musa and Samit Patel took one wicket each in the game.
Earlier, Multan Sultans won the toss and elected to bowl first. The decision proved to be fruitful for Sultans as their young pacer, Muhammad Ilyas got rid of the dangerous opening batsman, Cameron Delport, who scored 4 runs off three deliveries.
After the departure of Delport, Sahibzada had a brief partnership of 29 runs with Luke Ronchi, where the Kiwi wicketkeeper-batsman was the main contributor. The talented batsman Farhan, who is yet to show the world what he is capable of, failed once again as he scored 4 off 8 balls before getting stumped on Nauman Ali’s delivery.
Luke Ronchi was looking in a dangerous mood and was hitting Islamabad United all around the ground, but he played one shot too many and holed out in the deep off Ilyas who scored 32 (16).
Samit Patel, the man who rescued Islamabad United in the previous match, was promoted up the order and he looked to sail the sinking ship of his team along with Hussain Talat, however, he did not get much of a support from the left-handed batsman.
Talat was cleaned up by the veteran all-rounder, Shahid Afridi, after he had scored 8 runs off 11 balls. The reigning champions were jolted even more with losing Samit Patel (20) and Wayne Parnell (5) in quick successions, they were in deep trouble on 76/6.
Asif Ali landed few counter punches, striking two maximums in Shahid Afridi’s over, but as United looked to gain some momentum, they lost their skipper, Shadab Khan to Nauman.
Despite losing partners, aggressive Asif tried to keep United on course, however, he played too many shots and edged one short delivery from Daniel Christian to the keeper after hitting a six to him. He scored 22 runs off 12 balls with the help of three 6’s. Soon after his dismissal, Rumman Raees was caught right in front of the stumps, getting the Aussie all-rounder on a hat-trick, which was negated by the young Mouhammad Musa.
However, Sultans did not take long to wrap up the innings of Islamabad United and Musa eventually after Faheem Ashraf showed some resilience with a four and a six.
Daniel Christian remained the pick of the bowler with three wickets, while Junaid Khan, Muhammad Ilyas and Shahid Afridi took two wickets. Mohammad Irfan also hunted one batsman in the inning.