Multan Sultans on Top of Table

Abrar Ahmed took Asif Ali’s place for Islamabad, and Sameen Gul took Mohammad Ilyas‘ place for Multan.

When Multan Sultans were given the chance to bat, their game got off to a terrible start when opener Shan Masood was run out by Ruman Raees in the very first over.

Rizwan, captain of the Multan Sultans, held down the fort and played a strong 91-run partnership with Rilee Rossouw, who hit 36 from 30 balls.

With his effortless 38-ball 50, which included five fours and a maximum, Rizwan became the only player in this edition to surpass 200.

As the batting team could only muster seven singles, Abrar was exceptional in his second spell, bowling the ninth and eleventh overs. Even though Abrar was unable to take a wicket, the pressure he put on his team led to the wickets of Rossouw and Rizwan in the subsequent two overs. As a result, Multan Sultans’ run rate dropped to 7.53 from almost 10 before the ninth over.

But United didn’t do much with the ball, and their spinner Shadab let in 42 runs in three overs and Wasim gave up 49 runs in his full quota.

Miller pulled off an incredible comeback, dismissing Mohammad Wasim Jr. for six and four off consecutive balls two overs later and smacking Shadab Khan for consecutive sixes on the first three balls and a four on the final ball of the 15th over, adding 24 runs to the team’s total.

Kieron Pollard, who has shown signs of his T20 batting ability, joined the party by hitting Rumman Raees, who had been great in the Powerplay, for six and four in the 17th over. He then hit consecutive fours on the final three balls of the innings.

David Miller and Mohammad Rizwan scored fiftyes to help the home team reach 190-4 in their 20 overs.

Colin Munro and Shadab Khan were among Usama Mir’s two wickets in one over that dented Islamabad’s run chase. Ihsanullah and Mohammad Ilyas each took two wickets.

Despite losing both openers to Mohammad Ilyas, who replaced Shahnawaz Dahahi after he injured his bowling hand, Islamabad United had a typical start to the run chase with a run rate of around nine in the Powerplay. During their 56-run stand, Rassie van der Dussen (49 off 32) and Colin Munro (31 off 23) posed a threat to win the game for Multan Sultans. However, Usama Mir struck twice in the 11th over to end the run chase.

The match’s final two wickets, Tom Curran and Abrar, were taken by the ever-impressive Ihsanullah in the final two balls.

Islamabad was all out for 138 in 17.5 overs, chasing 191 runs.

At one point, Islamabad, which was 112-4, lost their final six wickets for just 26 runs.

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