Rizwan-led side register thumping 110-run win
An outstanding batting performance from Shan Masood backed by brilliant bowling performance was enough for Multan Sultans to thrash Quetta Gladiators by 110 runs in the match 25 of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021.
In Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, Sarfaraz Ahmed won the toss and elected to bowl first.
His decision proved an incorrect one as Sultans managed to post a competitive total of 183 for the loss of five wickets in their allotted 20 overs.
Opener Masood was the star performer for the winning team as he scored a brilliant 73 off just 42 balls, which included seven fours and four sixes.
He was well-supported by Johnson Charles who scored a quickfire 47 off just 24 balls with the help of five fours and two maximums.
For the bowling team, pacer Khurram Shahzad was the star performer as he claimed two wickets and gave away just 26 runs in his quota of four overs.
In reply, the Gladiators never really got going and were bowled out for just 73 runs in the 13th over where no batsman managed to score 20 or more.
Opener Jake Weatherald finished the innings with the top score of 19 off 10 balls.
For Sultans, leg-spinner Imran Tahir was the pick of the bowlers as he claimed three wickets.
So that’s the end of our coverage. We will join you tomorrow for a double-header.
OUT! And that’s it. An impressive catch from Sohaib Maqsood to finish the proceedings.
QG 73 (12.1 overs)
OUT! Another for Tahir. He is on fire.
QG 66-9 (11.1 overs)
OUT! Another one for Tahir. He is on fire. Shahzad departs without scoring.
QG 59-8 (9.3 overs)
OUT! WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE? Gladiators are crumbling like a house of cards. Another one goes back to the pavilion.
QG 59-7 (9.2 overs)
RUN OUT! Unlucky for Gladiators but Nawaz has to walk back to the pavilion. He departs after scoring 10.
QG 59-6 (9.1 overs)
OUT! Sohail Tanvir gets the prized wicket of Gladiators’ captain Sarfaraz and with him, it seems that the 2019 champions are going out of the tournament.
QG 59-5 (8.5 overs)
OUT! Another big one for Sultans as highly-rated Azam Khan departs after scoring just two.
QG 46-4 (7.3 overs)
RUN OUT! NO NO NO. What have you done Gladiators. A suicidal run out saw Usman Khan goes back to the pavilion after scoring 12.
QG 35-3 (5.2 overs)
OUT! Another one for Imran. He is on fire and so are Sultans. Delport departs without scoring.
QG 27-2 (3.4 overs)
OUT! Imran Khan gets a big one for Sultans as he removes in-form Weatherald.
QG 27-1 (3.2 overs)
We are back for the second-half of the match.
We will join you again for the second innings in a jiffy.
So that’s a very decent performance from Multan Sultans after they were asked to bat first.
At the end of the innings:
MS 183-5 (20 overs)
Another big one for Gladiators.
OUT! Khurram Shahzad gets a big one for Gladiators as he removes dangerous-looking Johnson Charles, who went back to the pavilion after scoring 47 off just 24 balls.— Samaa Sports (@samaasport) June 16, 2021
MS 171-5 (18.4 overs)
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With just five overs to go:
MS 132-4 (15 overs)
Another one. They are back in the contest.
OUT! Another one bites the dust. Gladiators are well and truly back in the competition. Rossouw departs after scoring just two.— Samaa Sports (@samaasport) June 16, 2021
MS 129-4 (14.2 overs)
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Huge wicket for Quetta.
OUT! Huge wicket for Quetta Gladiators as Hassan Khan removes in-form Shan Masood, who went back to the pavilion after playing a brilliant knock of 73.— Samaa Sports (@samaasport) June 16, 2021
MS 125-3 (13.5 overs)
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OUT! Another one for Gladiators. Zahir Khan removes dangerous Sohaib Maqsood, who departs after scoring just five.
MS 88-2 (10 overs)
OUT! Finally a wicket for Gladiators. Shahzad removes in-form Mohammad Rizwan.
MS 72-1 (8.1 overs)
Top innings from the left-hander.
At the end of the powerplay:
MS 50-0 (6 overs)
After 5 overs:
We are all set to begin with Shan Masood and Mohammad Rizwan out in the middle for Multan Sultans.
Let’s take a look at Quetta Gladiators’ lineup.
Multan Sultans have fielded an unchanged playing XI for today’s match.
TOSS: The news from the centre is that Gladiators have won the toss and elected to bowl first.
It is going to be Quetta Gladiators who will take on Multan Sultans.
Hello and welcome to the live blog for the match 25 of the Pakistan Super League 2021.