Multan Sultans won the championship for the fourth time in a row after defeating Islamabad United by 20 runs. Despite losing the match, Multan expanded their advantage at the top of the PSL points table, while Islamabad remained in second place.
Multan hammered United’s bowling unit all-around National Stadium Karachi, scoring the highest total in this year’s PSL. Tim David and Rilee Rossouw lit up the stage by hitting six sixes each. Multan scored 217/5 in their 20 overs, with David getting 71 runs off 29 balls and Rossouw scoring 67 runs off 35 balls.
Islamabad United retaliated with their own display of pyrotechnics.
Shadab Khan’s spectacular performance of 91 off 42 balls included nine sixes, making it one of the finest PSL innings ever. Multan’s bowlers picked up wickets at regular intervals, therefore his great effort was not enough. Khushdil Shah was the standout bowler, taking four key wickets.
Tim David was chosen player of the match for his outstanding performance.
On Tuesday, Islamabad United will face the undefeated Multan Sultans in the eighth match of the Pakistan Super League’s (PSL) season seven. The match will be held at Karachi’s historic National Stadium.
Multan Sultans, the defending champions, have proven unbeatable in this edition as well. So far in the competition, they’ve won all three games they’ve played. Their confidence will be boosted even more after a stunning triumph against the Quetta Gladiators last night.
Multan’s advantage is that they do not rely on their international players to perform. Mohammad Rizwan, Shan Masood, Khushdil Shah, and Sohaib Maqsood, among their local players, have all made significant contributions.
The only cause for concern for ‘Junoobies’ is Shahnawaz Dahani’s appearance. The Larkana-born fast bowler, who finished PSL 6 with the most wickets, is yet to make an impact. It will be intriguing to watch if Rizwan plays him tonight against Islamabad’s lethal batting order or rests him.
Islamabad United, on the other hand, is largely reliant on their top line, which consists entirely of international players: Paul Stirling, Alex Hales, and Rahmanullah Gurbaz. They’ve all been in constant contact. Their ability to destroy Peshawar Zalmi’s bowling in the last game speaks for itself.
Azam Khan and Asif Ali are also on United’s roster. They’re both capable of hitting sixes at will. With the bat, Faheem Ashraf and Shadab Khan are very useful.
Hasan Ali, Mohammad Wasim Junior, and Marchant de Lange make up their pace battery, which is backed up by spinners Shadab Khan and Mubasir Khan.
Date Tuesday, 1 February 2022
Time 07:30 pm PKT
Venue National Stadium Karachi
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Possible Playing XIs:
Multan Possible XI – Mohammad Rizwan (c)(wk), Shan Masood, Sohaib Maqsood, Rilee Rossouw, Khushdil Shah, Tim David, David Willey, Imran Tahir, Imran Khan Sr., Shahnawaz Dahani, Abbas Afridi
Islamabad Possible XI – Paul Stirling, Alex Hales, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Mubasir Khan, Azam Khan (wk), Asif Ali, Shadab Khan (c), Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Waseem, Merchant de Lange
Head to Head
Islamabad United leads Multan Sultans, who had four victories, in head-to-head matches, with five wins in nine games. The two teams last met in the first semi-final of the PSL 6 in Abu Dhabi on June 21, 2021, with Sultans winning by 31 runs.
Alex Hales and Paul Stirling, the Islamabad openers, are in excellent form. The other day, they made a joke of Peshawar Zalmi bowlers by chasing down the 169-run total with 9 wickets and with five overs to spare. They’re anticipated to put up a similar performance tonight.
Multan’s opener Shan Masood has re-established himself as a capable T20 opener, and Multan will be hoping that he can keep up his good form throughout the tournament.
Shan’s 58-ball 88 gave Sultans a battling total against Quetta Gladiators Friday night. Multan’s early success in the event has been aided by his excellent form, which he shares with Rizwan at the top of the list.
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