Islamabad United edge Multan Sultans for record eighth triumph

KARACHI: Islamabad United picked up another victory in the HBL Pakistan Super League 6 when they edged the Multan Sultans by four wickets in their top-of-the-table clash at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Saturday night.

In a dress rehearsal for the Qualifier on Monday against the same opposition, Islamabad created another record as the two-time winners became the first team to win up to eight games in the preliminary round of a single season. The chase of the 150 seemed more like a walk in the park for Shadab Khan’s side, but Multan staged a dramatic comeback in the final stages, mainly through the heroics of Shahnawaz Dhani and Usman Qadir. However, it was already too late for a surprising change.

Since the outcome of this last league round match was of no importance in the team’s final standings, Islamabad altered its lineup and allowed the usual starting pairing of Colin Munro and Usman Khawaja, as well as attacking pitcher Hasan Ali. , they will rest before the final. rematch between these sides on Monday, while Faheem Ashraf returned to the lineup.

On the other hand, Multan opted for several changes by incorporating Usman Qadir, Sohail Khan, Hammad Azam and Mohammad Umar. Treating the match as a warm-up match proved catastrophic for Mohammad Rizwan’s team after Shan Masood had given them an electrifying start.

From any point of view, Multan’s 93-0 capitulation in the 10th to 149 on the last ball of innings was totally unacceptable. Recklessness seemed to have hit them like a virus that never went away. In a bizarre sequence of events, the season 5 table toppers lost all of their 10 wickets in 63 installments by adding just 56 runs to sacks.

Mohammad Wasim, the man of the match, received 18 runs in his first over, yet the young runner rallied to a career-best 4-30. The 19-year-old from North Waziristan chose three plots in five installments to finish the Multan entrances.

Upfront Shan and Rizwan did business in an attempt to earn psychological points for the backend stage. Multan went like an express train. Shan treated Wasim like he was a club bowler and took three limits from him in the fourth over, while he also escaped being caught by goalkeeper Akhlaq in front of leg spinner Fawad Ahmed in the 31st.

The Shan-Rizwan partnership (26 of 24 balls, four limits) was worth 95 on 57 balls when the former cut a simple opportunity to Ali Khan behind the points area after Iftikhar Ahmed induced an attacking lead. Shan’s 59 of 37 balls was spiced with six fours and three sixes. Shan’s departure left the door ajar for Islamabad to take control for the rest of the action by picking up the pace of the ball when only Sohaib Maqsood (12) and Johnson Charles (19) among others got into double figures.

Scores coming soon

MULTAN SULTANS 149 in 20 overs (Shan Masood 59, Mohammad Rizwan 26, J. Charles 19, Sohaib Maqsood 12; Mohammad Wasim 4-30, Faheem Ashraf 2-24, Fawad Ahmed 2-25, Iftikhar Ahmed 1-11, Shadab Khan 1-31); ISLAMABAD UNITED 150-6 in 19.4 overs (Shadab Khan 35, Hussain Talat 34, Mohammad Akhlaq 26, Asif Ali 25, Umar Amin 13; Shahnawaz Dhani 2-21, Usman Qadir 2-22, B. Muzarabani 1-16, Mohammad Umar 1-45).

Final ranking

(Tabulated below, played, won, lost, tied,

no result, points, net execution rate):

Islamabad United 10 8 2 0 0 16 +0.859

Multan Sultans 10 5 5 0 0 10 +1,050

Peshawar Zalmi 10 5 5 0 0 10 +0.586

Kings of Karachi 10 5 5 0 0 10 -0.115

Lahore Qalandars 10 5 5 0 0 10 -0.589

Quetta Gladiators 10 2 8 0 0 4 -1,786

Posted in Dawn, Jun 20, 2021

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