Match 25 PSL Multan Sultans vs Islamabad United – Recent fortunes continue for Multan Sultans in the PSL, with recovered Islamabad United turning in their best show to ratter them by 33 runs. Sultans, who have now lost their last four matches were set to blow away by a bigger margin, but ferocious power hitting from Kieron Pollard’s bat was a life of the match. He slammed six sixes in his 47-balls 73 to keep Multan Sultans to keep them in the hunt till the last three overs. Multan Sultans, who are renowned for their brilliant bowling troops was not up to the mark either, and the batting powerplay proved to be the disastrous one, Pollard with his brilliance had to do much more to pull off a sensational win.
Ronchi bang another fifty, Hales off a stunning PSL debut
Invited to bat first, Prior, Luke Ronchi’s dazzling form continued, New Zealand wicketkeeper, timing the ball brilliantly well in the 36-balls 58. He was well supported by Alex Hales, who was playing his first PSL game, scored 46, and Hussain Talat (36 off 21) added some lovely icing on the cake in the death overs. Multan Sultans’ bowlers were visited all over the ground by Islamabad batsmen except Umar Gul who was quite able to get a control over. But rest of the time, they made ha, revealing in their recent confidence as Sultans encountered an off-day they didn’t wish for.
Pollard smashed his first PSL fifty
The panic show hung in with the bat, Multan Sultans losing Kumar Sangakkara and Saif Badar in the first over to the sneaky off-spin by Samit Patel. Multan was reduced to 20 for 4, when Ahmad Shahzad and Sohaib Maqsood joined Sangakkara and Saif in the pavilion, chasing 186. The show was already ended, but Pollard’s dedicated innings meant Islamabad taking nothing for granted, but even then they fall off shortly, as Patel and Faheem summed up the Multan’s innings on 152 by picking up 2 wickets each.
Luke Ronchi wins another Man of the Match Award
Luke Ronchi continues his destructive form in the Pakistan Super League 2018. Though it is his first season, he looks to have a strong impression. Last night, he made Multan Sultans’ bowlers look fools by hitting them all over the park. 36-balls 58 runs innings consumed 3 sixes and 6 fours with the strike rate of 161.11. This is his second man of the match award for this season of the HBL Pakistan Super League.
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Islamabad goes on top of the Points table
The PSL3 points table is carrying some serious thrill. Islamabad United with their 6th win goes on top of the PSL points table. While Quetta Gladiators are guaranteed to qualify for the playoffs along with Islamabad. Multan Sultans have to wait for the Peshawar Zalmi defeat at least in one match out of their two.