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Multan Sultans claim five-wicket win against defending champions Islamabad United


Multan Sultans grabbed a five-wicket victory over defending champions Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. 

Islamabad United — being sent to bat first — scored 125-7 in their 20 overs. Wicketkeeper batsman Luke Ronchi was the top-scorer with 51 off 33 balls with the help of a boundaries and five maximums.

The middle order provided little to no resistance to the the Sultans bowlers. Samit Patel and Faheem Ashraf scored 20 runs each at the depth.

In the chase of 126-run target, Multan recovered quickly after Johnson Charles was dismissed for a duck. Laurie Evans and Shan Masood put on a 37-run partnership on the second wicket before the latter was back in the pavilion after scoring 15 runs.

The side started to lose wickets but skipper Shoaib Malik’s unbeaten 31-run knock was enough to take the side to a five-wicket win.


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MULTAN SULTANS

Over 18.4: Multan Sultans 126-5 (win by five wickets)

Afridi finishes it off with a flourish as Multan Sultans claim five-wicket win

Waqas Maqsood to Shahid Afridi, SIX

Waqas Maqsood to Shahid Afridi, SIX

Waqas Maqsood to Shoaib Malik, 1 run

Waqas Maqsood to Shahid Afridi, 1 run

Over 18: Multan Sultans 112-5 (require 14 more runs to win)

Nine runs come off Faheem Ashraf’s over. Multan Sultans now require 14 runs off the final 12 balls

Faheem Ashraf to Shoaib Malik, no run

Faheem Ashraf to Shoaib Malik, no run

Faheem Ashraf to Shahid Afridi, 1 run

Faheem Ashraf to Shahid Afridi, 4 + no ball

Faheem Ashraf to Shoaib Malik, 1 run

Faheem Ashraf to Shahid Afridi, 1 run

Faheem Ashraf to Shoaib Malik, 1 run

Over 17: Multan Sultans 103-5 (require 23 more runs to win)

Mohammad Sami to Shoaib Malik, 1 run

Mohammad Sami to Shahid Afridi, 1 run

Mohammad Sami to Shahid Afridi, no run

Mohammad Sami to Andre Russell, OUT
WICKET: AD Russell b Mohammad Sami 16 (7b 2×4 1×6)

Andre Russell goes back after a quickfire 16 as Muhammad Sami hits timber to claim his first wicket

Mohammad Sami to Shoaib Malik, 1 run

Mohammad Sami to Shoaib Malik, SIX

Over 16: Multan Sultans 94-4 (require 32 more runs to win)

17 runs come off Waqas Maqsood’s over as Andre Russel takes the young pacer to the cleaners

Waqas Maqsood to Andre Russell, SIX

Waqas Maqsood to Shoaib Malik, 1 run

Waqas Maqsood to Andre Russell, 1 run

Waqas Maqsood to Andre Russell, FOUR

Waqas Maqsood to Andre Russell, FOUR

Waqas Maqsood to Shoaib Malik, 1 run

Over 15: Multan Sultans 77-4 (require 49 more runs to win)

Two runs and a wicket come off the last over as Shadab Khan completes his four-over spell for an impressive \20-2

Shadab Khan to Shoaib Malik, 1 run

Shadab Khan to Shoaib Malik, no run

Shadab Khan to Shoaib Malik, no run

Shadab Khan to Andre Russell, 1 run

Shadab Khan to Andre Russell, no run

Shadab Khan to Hammad Azam, OUT
WICKET: Hammad Azam lbw b Shadab Khan 14 (18b 1×4 0x6)

Hammad Azam goes back to the pavilion after Shadab catches him in front of the wickets with a straighter one

Over 14: Multan Sultans 75-3 (require 51 more runs to win)

10 runs come off Sami’s over as Hammad Azam hits him for a four over extra-cover

Mohammad Sami to Hammad Azam, 1 run

Mohammad Sami to Shoaib Malik, 1 run

Mohammad Sami to Hammad Azam, 1 run

Mohammad Sami to Hammad Azam, FOUR

Mohammad Sami to Hammad Azam, 2 runs

Mohammad Sami to Shoaib Malik, 1 run

Over 13: Multan Sultans 65-3 (require 61 more runs to win)

Four runs come off the over as Hammad Azam fails to middle it properly

Shadab Khan to Shoaib Malik, 1 run

Shadab Khan to Shoaib Malik, no run

Shadab Khan to Hammad Azam, 1 run

Shadab Khan to Shoaib Malik, 1 run

Shadab Khan to Shoaib Malik, no run

Shadab Khan to Hammad Azam, 1 run

Over 12: Multan Sultans 61-3 (require 65 more runs to win)

Four runs and a wicket come off the last over as Sami pegs back Hammad Azam with his pace

Mohammad Sami to Shoaib Malik, no run

Mohammad Sami to Hammad Azam, 1 leg bye

Mohammad Sami to Hammad Azam, no run

Mohammad Sami to Shoaib Malik, 1 run

Mohammad Sami to Hammad Azam, 1 run

Mohammad Sami to Shoaib Malik, 1 run

Over 11: Multan Sultans 57-3 (require 69 more runs to win)

Nine runs come off Samit Patel’s over as Shoaib Malik hits him out of the park for a maximum

Samit Patel to Hammad Azam, no run

Samit Patel to Hammad Azam, no run

Samit Patel to Shoaib Malik, 1 run

Samit Patel to Shoaib Malik, SIX

Samit Patel to Hammad Azam, 1 run

Samit Patel to Shoaib Malik, 1 run

Over 10: Multan Sultans 48-3 (require 78 more runs to win)

Just four runs come off the over as Multan Sultans look to build momentum

Mohammad Sami to Shoaib Malik, 1 run

Mohammad Sami to Hammad Azam, 1 run

Mohammad Sami to Hammad Azam, no run

Mohammad Sami to Hammad Azam, no run

Mohammad Sami to Shoaib Malik, 1 run

Mohammad Sami to Hammad Azam, 1 leg bye

Over 9: Multan Sultans 44-3 (require 82 more runs to win)

Four runs and a wicket come off Shadab’s over as Sultans continue to lose wickets

Shadab Khan to Hammad Azam, 1 run

Shadab Khan to Laurie Evans, OUT
WICKET: Laurie Evans c Asif Ali b Shadab Khan 15 (25b 0x4 0x6)

Shadab Khan to Laurie Evans, no run

Shadab Khan to Laurie Evans, 2 runs

Shadab Khan to Shoaib Malik, 1 run

Shadab Khan to Shoaib Malik, no run

Over 8: Multan Sultans 40-2 (require 86 more runs to win)

Six runs and a wicket come off the last over as Islamabad United continue to keep it tight

Faheem Ashraf to Laurie Evans, no run

Faheem Ashraf to Laurie Evans, no run

Faheem Ashraf to Shan Masood, OUT
WICKET: Shan Masood run out (Shadab Khan) 26 (20b 4×4 0x6)

Superb bit of fielding by Shadab Khan, who runs out Shan Masood with a direct-hit from backward point

Faheem Ashraf to Shan Masood, FOUR

Faheem Ashraf to Evans, 1 run

Faheem Ashraf to Shan Masood, 1 run

Over 7: Multan Sultans 34-1 (require 92 more runs to win)

10 runs come off Shadab’s over as Multan Sultans target the out-of-form spinner

Shadab Khan to Shan Masood, 1 run

Shadab Khan to Laurie Evans, 1 run

Shadab Khan to Laurie Evans, 2 runs

Shadab Khan to Shan Masood, 1 run

Shadab Khan to Shan Masood, FOUR

Shadab Khan to Laurie Evans, 1 run

Over 6: Multan Sultans 24-1 (require 102 more runs to win)

Faheem Ashraf gives away just one run and almost dismisses the lucky Laurie Evans in a superb over

Faheem Ashraf to Laurie Evans, 1 run

Faheem Ashraf to Laurie Evans, no run

Faheem Ashraf to Laurie Evans, no run

Faheem Ashraf to Laurie Evans, no run

Faheem Ashraf to Laurie Evans, no run

Faheem Ashraf to Laurie Evans, no run

Over 5: Multan Sultans 23-1 (require 103 more runs to win)

Seven runs come off the last over as Multan Sultans keep the scorecard ticking along nicely

Samit Patel to Shan Masood, no run

Samit Patel to Laurie Evans, 1 run

Samit Patel to Laurie Evans, no run

Samit Patel to Shan Masood, 1 run

Samit Patel to Shan Masood, FOUR

Samit Patel to Laurie Evans, 1 run

Over 4: Multan Sultans 16-1 (require 110 more runs to win)

11 runs come off the over as Multans Sultans finally find the boundary

Waqas Maqsood to Shan Masood, no run

Waqas Maqsood to Laurie Evans, 1 run

Waqas Maqsood to Shan Masood, 1 run

Waqas Maqsood to Shan Masood, FOUR

Waqas Maqsood to Shan Masood, 2 runs

Waqas Maqsood to Evans, 3 runs

Over 3: Multan Sultans 5-1 (require 121 more runs to win)

Only two runs come off Samit Patel’s over with Multan Sultans off to a slow start

Samit Patel to Shan Masood, no run

Samit Patel to Shan Masood, no run

Samit Patel to Laurie Evans, 1 run

Samit Patel to Laurie Evans, no run

Samit Patel to Shan Masood, 1 run

Samit Patel to Shan Masood, no run

Over 2: Multan Sultans 3-1 (require 123 runs to win)

One runs and the important wicket of Charles come in that Waqas Maqsood over

Waqas Maqsood to Laurie Evans, no run

Waqas Maqsood to Laurie Evans, no run

Waqas Maqsood to Laurie Evans, no run

Waqas Maqsood to Johson Charles, OUT
WICKET: Johnson Charles c Luke Ronchi b Waqas Maqsood 0 (6b 0x4 0x6)

Waqas Maqsood to Johnson Charles, no run

Waqas Maqsood to Shan Masood, 1 run

Over 1: Multan Sultans 2-0 (require 124 more runs to win)

Just two runs off the first over as Samit Patel keeps it tight

Samit Patel to Johnson Charles, no run

Samit Patel to Johnson Charles, no run

Samit Patel to Johnson Charles, no run

Samit Patel to Johnson Charles, no run

Samit Patel to Johnson Charles, wide

Samit Patel to Shan Masood, 1 run

Samit Patel to Shan Masood, no run

ISLAMABAD UNITED

Over 20: Islamabad United 125-7

Seven runs come off the last over as Islamabad United end their innings on a disappointing 125-7

Andre Russell to Samit Patel, 1 run

Andre Russell to Faheem Ashraf, 1 run

Andre Russell to Samit Patel, 1 run

Andre Russell to Faheem Ashraf, 1 bye

Andre Russell to Faheem Ashraf, 2 runs

Andre Russell to Samit Patel, 1 run

Over 19: Islamabad United 118-7

13 runs come off Junaid Khan’s over as Faheem Ashraf hits him for a six and a four

Junaid Khan to Faheem Ashraf, FOUR

Junaid Khan to Faheem Ashraf, SIX

Junaid Khan to Faheem Ashraf, no run

Junaid Khan to Samit Patel, 1 run

Junaid Khan to Faheem Ashraf, 1 run

Junaid Khan to Samit Patel, 1 run

Over 18: Islamabad United 105-7

Six runs come off the last over as Islamabad United still fail to find boundaries

Andre Russell to Samit Patel, 1 run

Andre Russell to Faheem Ashraf, 1 run

Andre Russell to Samit Patel, 1 run

Andre Russell to Faheem Ashraf, 1 run

Andre Russell to Faheem Ashraf, 2 runs

Andre Russell to Faheem Ashraf, no run

Over 17: Islamabad United 99-7

Five runs and a wicket come off the last over as Ali Shafiq finishes his four-over spell for an incredibly impressive 11-2

Ali Shafiq to Faheem Ashraf, 1 run

Ali Shafiq to Samit Patel, 1 run

Ali Shafiq to Faheem Ashraf, 1 run

Ali Shafiq to Faheem Ashraf, no run

Ali Shafiq to Shadab Khan, OUT
WICKET: Shadab Khan b Ali Shafiq 15 (17b 0x4 0x6)

Ali Shafiq to Shadab Khan, 2 runs

Over 16: Islamabad United 94-6

Four runs come off the last over as Muhammad Irfan finishes his four overs with an impressive 17-1

Mohammad Irfan to Samit Patel, no run

Mohammad Irfan to Shadab Khan, 1 run

Mohammad Irfan to Shadab Khan, no run

Mohammad Irfan to Shadab Khan, 2 runs

Mohammad Irfan to Samit Patel, 1 run

Mohammad Irfan to Samit Patel, no run

Over 15: Islamabad United 90-6

Three runs come off Ali Shafiq’s over as United find no boundaries in his over.

Ali Shafiq to Shadab Khan, no run

Ali Shafiq to Samit Patel, 1 run

Ali Shafiq to Samit Patel, no run

Ali Shafiq to Shadab Khan, 1 run

Ali Shafiq to Shadab Khan, no run

Ali Shafiq to Samit Patel, 1 run

Over 14: Islamabad United 87-6

A four and three singles come off Junaid Khan’s over as United try to keep the scoreboard ticking

Junaid Khan to Samit Patel, 1 run

Junaid Khan to Shadab Khan, 1 run

Junaid Khan to Samit Patel, 1 run

Junaid Khan to Samit Patel, no run

Junaid Khan to Samit Patel, no run

Junaid Khan to Samit Patel, FOUR

Over 13: Islamabad United 80-6

Three runs come off the over as Shahid Afridi drops Samit Patel. Afridi was superb today, claiming 18-2 in his four overs

Shahid Afridi to Samit Patel, 1 run

Shahid Afridi to Samit Patel, no run

Shahid Afridi to Samit Patel, no run

Shahid Afridi to Samit Patel, no run

Shahid Afridi to Shadab Khan, 1 run

Shahid Afridi to Samit Patel, 1 run

Over 12: Islamabad United 77-6

Just four runs as well as a wicket come off Junaid Khan’s over as Islamabad plummet further

Junaid Khan to Samit Patel, 1 run

Junaid Khan to Samit Patel, no run

Junaid Khan to Asif Ali, OUT
Asif Ali c Johnson Charles b Junaid Khan 2 (5b 0x4 0x6)

Asif Ali departs after scoring two runs as Sultans keeper takes a beautiful catch off Junaid Khan’s bowling

Junaid Khan to Shadab Khan, 1 run

Junaid Khan to Asif Ali, 1 run

Junaid Khan to Shadab Khan, 1 run

Over 11: Islamabad United 73-5

Three runs and a wicket come off Afridi’s over as United continue to struggle

Shahid Afridi to Asif Ali, no run

Shahid Afridi to Asif Ali, no run

Shahid Afridi to Shadab Khan, 1 run

Shahid Afridi to Asif Ali, 1 run

Shahid Afridi to Salt, OUT
WICKET: Phil Salt b Shahid Afridi 4 (2b 1×4 0x6)

Shahid Afridi to Shadab Khan, 1 run

Over 10: Islamabad United 70-4

Nine runs and a wicket come off Junaid Khan’s over as Islamabad United continue to lose wickets

Junaid Khan to Salt, FOUR

Junaid Khan to Shadab Khan, 1 run

Junaid Khan to Shadab Khan, no run

Junaid Khan to Shadab Khan, 2 runs

Junaid Khan to Hussain Talat, OUT
WICKET: Hussain Talat c Shahid Afridi b Junaid Khan 7 (12b 0x4 0x6)

Junaid Khan to Hussain Talat, 2 runs

Over 9: Islamabad United 61-3

Shahid Afridi removes the dangerous Luke Ronchi as tries to hit him over mid-wicket

Shahid Afridi to Luke Ronchi, OUT
WICKET: Luke Ronchi c Junaid Khan b Shahid Afridi 51 (33b 1×4 5×6)

Shahid Afridi to Hussain Talat, 1 run

Shahid Afridi to Hussain Talat, no run

Shahid Afridi to Hussain Talat, no run

Shahid Afridi to Luke Ronchi, 1 run

Shahid Afridi to Hussain Talat, 1 run

Over 8: Islamabad United 58-2

20 runs come off Russell’s over as Luke Ronchi hits him for two sixes and a four before completing his fifty.

Andre Russell to Hussain Talat, 1 run

Andre Russell to Luke Ronchi, 1 run

Andre Russell to Luke Ronchi, FOUR

Andre Russell to Luke Ronchi, SIX

Andre Russell to Luke Ronchi, SIX

Andre Russell to Luke Ronchi, 2 runs

Over 7: Islamabad United 38-2

Shahid Afridi to Luke Ronchi, 1 run

Shahid Afridi to Luke Ronchi, no run

Shahid Afridi to Ronchi, SIX

Shahid Afridi to Hussain Talat, 1 run

Shahid Afridi to Hussain Talat, no run

Shahid Afridi to Ronchi, 1 run

Over 6: Islamabad United 29-2

Three runs come off Irfan’s over as United struggle to score runs after losing two early wickets.

Mohammad Irfan to Luke Ronchi, 1 run

Mohammad Irfan to Luke Ronchi, no run

Mohammad Irfan to Hussain Talat, 1 run

Mohammad Irfan to Hussain Talat, no run

Mohammad Irfan to Luke Ronchi, 1 run

Mohammad Irfan to Luke Ronchi, no run

Over 5: Islamabad United 26-2

Ali Shafiq to Cameron Delport, no run

Ali Shafiq to Cameron Delport, OUT
WICKET: Cameron Delport c Mohammad Irfan b Ali Shafiq 0 (4b 0x4 0x6)

Ali Shafiq to Cameron Delport, no run

Ali Shafiq to Luke Ronchi, 1 run

Ali Shafiq to Luke Ronchi, no run

Ali Shafiq to Luke Ronchi, no run

Over 4: Islamabad United 25-1

Five runs and Rizwan’s wicket come off the last over as Muhammad Irfan continues to tease United batsmen.

Mohammad Irfan to Cameron Delport, no run

Mohammad Irfan to Cameron Delport, no run

Mohammad Irfan to Rizwan Hussain, OUT
WICKET: Rizwan Hussain c Chris Evans b Mohammad Irfan 4 (8b 0x4 0x6)

Mohammad Irfan to Luke Ronchi, 1 run

Mohammad Irfan to Luke Ronchi, no run

Mohammad Irfan to Luke Ronchi, 2 runs + no ball

Mohammad Irfan to Rizwan Hussain, 1 run

Over 3: Islamabad United 20-0

Two runs come off Ali Shafiq’s over as United openers struggle to read his pace variations

Ali Shafiq to Luke Ronchi, no run

Ali Shafiq to Rizwan Hussain, 1 run

Ali Shafiq to Rizwan Hussain, no run

Ali Shafiq to Rizwan Hussain, no run

Ali Shafiq to Luke Ronchi, 1 run

Ali Shafiq to Luke Ronchi, no run

Over 2: Islamabad United 18-0

Luke Ronchi gets going with two sixes in 14-run over

Chris Green to Rizwan Hussain, no run

Chris Green to Luke Ronchi, 1 run

Chris Green to Luke Ronchi, no run

Chris Green to Luke Ronchi, SIX

Chris Green to Luke Ronchi, SIX

Chris Green to Rizwan Hussain, 1 run

Over 1: Islamabad United 4-0

Muhammad Irfan bowls a tight first over, giving only 4 runs

Mohammad Irfan to Ronchi, no run

Mohammad Irfan to Rizwan Hussain, 1 run

Mohammad Irfan to Luke Ronchi, 1 run

Mohammad Irfan to Luke Ronchi, 2 runs

Mohammad Irfan to Luke Ronchi, no run

Mohammad Irfan to Luke Ronchi, no run

Multan Sultans XI: Shan Masood, Johnson Charles (wicketkeeper), Laurie Evans, Shoaib Malik (captain), Andre Russell, Shahid Afridi, Hammad Azam, Chris Green, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan and Ali Shafiq.

Islamabad United XI: Luke Ronchi (wicketkeeper), Rizwan Hussain, Cameron Delport, Philip Salt, Hussain Talat, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Samit Patel, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Sami (captain) and Waqas Maqsood.