Pakistan Under-19 captain Hasan Khan hit a last over six to overshadow forgotten paceman Umar Gul’s six-wicket burst as Quetta pull off a narrow two-wicket win to keep their hopes alive in the Pakistan Super League in Dubai on Wednesday.
Needing nine to win Kieron Pollard’s last over Hasan smashed the fifth ball over deep mid-wicket for a six for Quetta’s third win in six games, leaving Multan to rue their luck who was given an upper hand by Gul’s 6-24.
Gul, playing his first match in this year’s league, had destroyed Quetta with his best figures in PSL and the second best in the history of the league, behind Karachi King’s England paceman Ravi Bopara’s 6-16 against Lahore at Sharjah in 2016.
Rilee Rossouw’s 27, Shane Watson’s 26 and Ramiz Raja Junior’s 22 had kept Quetta in the hunt for a stiff 153-run target but when Gul dismissed skipper Sarfraz Ahmed for 11 Quetta still needed 39 runs off 22 balls.
Gul then had Anwar Ali 915) and Mohammad Nawaz (11) in the penultimate over but Hasan did the miraculous job of hitting a six with one ball to go after six were scored when nine needed off the last six balls.
Multan’s innings was rocked from the first ball, with spinner Mohammad Nawaz getting in-form Kumar Sangakkara for nought off the very first delivery. Next over, Anwar Ali removed Ahmed Shehzad caught behind for one.
Last match’s hero Sohaib Maqsood and surprisingly promoted Sohail Tanvir took the total to 41 before Shane Watson — who dropped Tanvir for nought in the slip — bowled him neck and crop. Maqsood hit two boundaries and a six off 35 balls before Ben Laughlin trapped him leg before. Ross Whiteley and Malik added 38 for the fifth wicket but it was in the last five overs that Multan surged past 150, adding 57 runs.
Malik cracked a boundary off Rahat to complete his half-century off 36 balls and then smashed two sixes off Laughlin to soar the total. Pollard hit a six and a boundary in his six-ball 15 not out.
Thursday will see a doubleheader with a winless Lahore Qalandars taking on Islamabad and Karachi Kings meet Quetta.