Side registered four-wicket win against Peshawar Zalmi
Karachi Kings Islamabad United continued their domination as they managed to beat spirited Multan Sultans in the final league match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021.
After opting to bowl first, Sultans started brightly, courtesy of a 93-run opening stand between Shan Masood (59 off 37) and captain Mohammad Rizwan (26 off 24).
However, once the left-hander was dismissed in the 10th over, United made a grand comeback and dismissed their opposition for the score of just 149 in their allotted 20 overs.
Star of the show was young pacer Mohammad Wasim, who registered figures of four for 31 in his four overs.
He was well-supported by right-arm pacer Faheem Ashraf and leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed as they claimed two wickets each.
In reply, despite not having enough runs on the board, Sultans put on a great display in the field as United finally got over the line in the final overs at the expense of six wickets.
Captain Shadab Khan finished the innings as the top-scorer for United with 35 off 27 balls.
For Sultans, young pacer Shahnawaz Dhani and leg-spinner Usman Qadir were the pick of the bowlers as they claimed two wickets each.
The result also confirmed that these two teams will face off in the Qualifier on Monday whereas will take on Peshawar Zalmi in the Eliminator 1.
Hope you have enjoyed our coverage. We will join you again on Monday for the playoffs. Till then, it’s goodbye.
So that turned out to be a very good contest where both teams put on a great show but in the end, it was the Shadab Khan-led unit who emerged victoriously.
At the end of the innings:
IU 150-6 (19.4 overs)
OUT! Brilliant catch from Shahnawaz Dhabi as Hussain Talat went back to the pavilion after scoring 34.
IU 147-6 (19.2 overs)
OUT! Usman Qadir gets another one as he removes King, who went back to the pavilion after scoring five.
IU 140-5 (17.3 overs)
OUT! Usman Qadir removes dangerous Asif Ali but it seems like it is a little too late for Sultans.
IU 134-4 (16 overs)
With just five overs to go:
IU 130-3 (15 overs)
OUT! Young Umar gets a big one as he removes Shadab Khan, who went back to the pavilion after scoring 35.
IU 92-3 (11.4 overs)
At the half-way stage:
IU 80-2 (10 overs)
OUT! Rizwan takes a blinder to remove Umar Amin. Dhani gets his second of the day.
IU 58-2 (6.5 overs)
At the end of the powerplay:
IU 54-1 (6 overs)
OUT! Dhani gets the first wicket for Sultans as he removes dangerous-looking Akhlaq.
IU 39-1 (4.2 overs)
Akhlaq is taking charge to the Sultans’ bowling attack. He is on fire.
IU 38-0 (4 overs)
We are back with the second innings.
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So that’s a very disappointing batting performance from Sultans as despite scoring more than 90 runs without scoring, they only managed to post 149.
OUT! Wasim is on fire. Brilliant from the youngster.
MS 149 (20 overs)
OUT! Wasim gets his third. Muzarabani departs without scoring.
MS 149-9 (19.5 overs)
OUT! Wasim gets another one. Umar departs without scoring.
MS 147-8 (19.2 overs)
OUT! Faheem Ashraf removes Usman Qadir.
MS 147-7 (19 overs)
OUT! Wasim gets a big one as he removes dangerous Charles.
MS 137-6 (17.1 overs)
OUT! Faheem Ashraf removes Hammad Azam.
MS 137-5 (17 overs)
OUT! Another wicket for United. Great bowling from Shadab Khan and brilliant fielding from Faheem Ashraf. Rossouw departs.
MS 110-4 (12.1 overs)
OUT! Another one bites the dust. Fawad Ahmed removes Mohammad Rizwan.
MS 108-3 (11.3 overs)
OUT! Fawad Ahmed gets a big one as he removes dangerous Sohaib Maqsood.
MS 107-2 (11.1 overs)
OUT! Finally, some relief for United as Shan Masood departs who departs after scoring 59 off 37.
MS 91-1 (9.3 overs)
With that, Shan Masood completed his half-century. Brilliant batting from the left-hander.
Brilliant start for Sultans.
MS 61-0 (6 overs)
Momentum has shifted completely.
MS 44-0 (4 overs)
Multan Sultans are very cautious at the beginning of the innings.
MS 13-0 (2 overs)
We are all set to begin the contest. Shan Masood and Mohammad Rizwan are out in the middle to open for Sultans whereas Ali Khan will begin the bowling for United.
Here is Multan Sultans lineup:
Let’s take a look at Islamabad United’s starting lineup:
TOSS: The news from the centre is that Shadab Khan has won the toss and Islamabad United will be bowling first.
Both teams have already qualified for the playoffs stage.
It is Islamabad United who will take on Multan Sultans.
Hello and welcome to the live blog for match 30 of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021.