Fifth straight PSL win for Multan; Lahore beats Islamabad
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Captain Mohammad Rizwan’s third half century led Multan Sultans to their fifth straight win in the Pakistan Super League, beating Peshawar Zalmi by 57 runs, and Lahore Qalandars pacer Zaman Khan denied Islamabad United victory in the last over on Saturday.
In yet another run-fest, led by Rizwan’s 82, Multan posted 222-3 in 20 overs after being asked to bat first. Tim David smashed six sixes and two boundaries in his unbeaten 51 off just 19 balls.
Peshawar’s top order struggled against both the spin of Imran Tahir (3-25) and the fiery pace of Shahnawaz Dahani (3-41). Ben Cutting’s 52 not out lifted Peshawar’s final total to 165-8.
Multan had set its sights on a third 200-plus total once Rizwan and Shan Masood (35) provided a brisk start of 85 in nine overs.
David, a T20 specialist from Singapore, scored this season’s joint fastest half century off 18 balls — with Islamabad’s Paul Stirling — before Khushdil Shah (21 not out) smashed Peshawar captain Wahab Riaz (0-55) for three sixes in the last over.
Multan rounded off its Karachi-leg of the PSL with a perfect record and have 10 points. Peshawar occupies fourth spot with four points after winning two of its five games. Both teams now have a break of four days before meeting again in Lahore next week.
LAHORE STUNS ISLAMABAD
Lahore fast bowler Zaman held his nerve in the final over and snatched a dramatic eight-run win for Lahore Qalandars over two-time champion Islamabad United.
Defending 12 in the last over, the 20-year-old Zaman gave away just three runs off the first four balls before hard-hitting batter Asif Ali holed out at long off for 14 off the fifth delivery as Islamabad finished at 166-5 after choosing to field first.
Zaman finished with 1-29 but his last-over heroics upstaged Shadab Khan’s brilliant all-round performance to win player of the match.
Earlier, leg-spinner Shadab (4-20) and fast bowler Waqas Maqsood (4-35) both pulled back Lahore’s total to 174-9 through some superb bowling in the middle and death overs.
Colin Munro scored 60 off 45 balls and Shadab (52) made his second half-century this season as Islamabad cruised to 136-2 in 15 overs.
Lahore could have got the wicket of Munro before he had scored, but Lahore captain Shaheen Shah Afridi didn’t go for a leg-before-wicket review against the New Zealand left-hander.
Rashid Khan broke the century stand when Shadab played an expansive shot against the googly of the Afghanistan leg-spinner and was caught at deep mid-wicket.
“We should have finished off the game, but I played a rash shot which cost us the game,” Shadab said.
Asif, famous for his big shots in T20s, smashed Haris Rauf for a six in the 19th over to bring down the target to 12, but Zaman intelligently varied his pace in the final over to deny Islamabad victory.
Lahore earlier was derailed by the spin of Shadab in the middle overs despite getting a blazing start of 83 runs from Abdullah Shafique (44) and Fakhar Zaman (38).
Shadab grabbed four of the five wickets as Lahore slumped to 98-5. Harry Brook made 37 and David Wiese scored 20 but Maqsood picked up four wickets including three in the last over to peg back Lahore’s total.
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