Multan Sultans’ dream run ends with Islamabad United’s five-wicket victory over them. Imran Tahir turned the tables in Multan’s favour while defending a low total of 113 runs, but Hussain Talat played a brilliant inning to get his team over the line.
Multan Sultans inning
Over 17.4 – Islamabad United 117/5 (Talat 48*, Faheem 12*)
(17.4) FOUR! He looked to go for a six as he needed the same number of runs for a half-century, but managed to get a four, got his team over the line with his magnificent 48 runs off 34 deliveries.
Over 17 – Islamabad United 112/5 (Talat 44*, Faheem 11*)
(16.5) SIX! Short from Tanvir, Talat pulled it off brilliantly for another six.
(16.1) SIX! Hussain Talat is turning it on, he came down the wicket off Tanvir, took the outside off delivery on the full and lofted it over cover for a six.
Sohail Tanvir bowls
Over 16 – Islamabad United 98/5 (Talat 31*, Faheem 10*)
(15.5) SIX! Full outside off, Talat came down the track and lofted it over cover for a six.
Over 15 – Islamabad United 86/5 (Talat 22*, Faheem 7*)
Imran Tahir continues.
Over 14 – Islamabad United 78/5 (Talat 16*, Faheem 5*)
Shoaib Malik bowls
Over 13 – Islamabad United 76/5 (Talat 15*, Faheem 4*)
Mohammad Irfan into the attack
Over 12 – Islamabad United 72/5 (Talat 13*, Faheem 2*)
Shoaib Malik himself comes on to bowl.
Over 11 – Islamabad United 63/5 (Talat 12*, Faheem 0*)
(10.3) OUT! Another wicket for Tahir, Russell falls on the first delivery he faced, Tahir undid Russell with a wrong one, even the DRS could not save him.
(10.2) OUT! Not the best of deliveries from Imran Tahir, it was short and outside off, Asif tickled it on its way to Kumar Sangakkara. He scored 11 off 19 balls.
Over 10 – Islamabad United 63/3 (Asif 11*, Talat 12*)
(6.4) FOUR! Junaid looked to go full, Talat came down the track to make it a full-toss to play a cover drive.
Junaid Khan continues
Over 9 – Islamabad United 58/3 (Asif 10*, Talat 8*)
Shoaib Malik brings Irfan back into the attack
Over 8 – Islamabad United 53/3 (Asif 8*, Talat 5*)
(7.4) FOUR! Full from Junaid, it was angling in, beautifully played towards mid-wicket for a boundary by Hussain Talat.
Hussain Talat is the new batsman.
(7.3) OUT! Full from Junaid, it got the outside edge of Chadwick Walton, Ahmed Shehzad caught it on point. He scored 27 off 22 balls.
Over 7 – Islamabad United 45/2 (Walton 28*, Asif 7*)
(6.6) FOUR! Perfect delivery from Tahir, Asif could only edge it, no slip there, the ball won the race against short third-man fielder.
Over 6 – Islamabad United 39/2 (Walton 27*, Asif 2*)
Junaid Khan into the attack
Over 5 – Islamabad United 38/2 (Walton 27*, Asif 1*)
Asif Ali is the new batsman.
(4.2) OUT! Revenge from Tahir, quick, perfectly pitched, just had enough spin to beat Farhan and hit the off-stump. He scored 9 off 7 deliveries.
(4.1) FOUR! Young Farhan welcomes Tahir with a boundary, full on a good line, he gets down to one knee and caressed it through cover.
Imran Tahir into the attack
Over 4 – Islamabad United 33/1 (Walton 27*, Farhan 5*)
(3.5) FOUR! Poor from Tanvir, easy picking for Walton, on his hips, just clipped it for a boundary.
(3.3) FOUR! Beautiful from Sahibzada Farhan, it was on his legs, he drove it to mid-wicket, no chance for any fielder to stop it.
Sohail Tanvir continues
Over 3 – Islamabad United 24/1 (Walton 23*, Farhan 1*)
(2.5) FOUR! Irfan comes from around to inning to curb the room, but still wide enough for Walton to square cut it for another boundary.
(2.3) FOUR! Irfan goes a bit wider, enough room for Walton to swing his arms, he smashed it through cover for a four.
Mohammad Irfan bowls.
Over 2 – Islamabad United 11/1 (Walton 11*, Farhan 0*)
Sohail Tanvir bowls the second over.
Over 1 – Islamabad United 5/1 (Walton 5*, Farhan 0*)
Mohammad Irfan takes the new ball.
Islamabad United start off their chase.
Over 19.5 – Multan Sultans 113/10 (Junaid 2*)
(19.5) OUT! Mohammad Irfan is run out here, he was going for a double but too slow to reach the crease, a direct hit from the boundary got the better of him.
(19.1) OUT! Perfect yorker from the skipper, Tahir had no answer for that. He scored 2 runs off 5 balls.
Rumman Raees bowls.
Over 19 – Multan Sultans 108/8 (Tahir 2*, Junaid 0*)
(18.5) OUT! Silly running from Tanvir, Tahir blocked it just in front of Sami, Tanvir was off and running, Sami picked up the ball and easily aimed the stumps. He scored 9 runs off 8 balls.
Over 18 – Multan Sultans 105/7 (Tanvir 7*, Tahir 0*)
(17.5) OUT! Slow yorker, Saif Badar had no idea about the pace, completely missed it, the ball hit his off-stump. He scored 8 runs off 10 balls.
Over 17 – Multan Sultans 101/6 (Badar 6*, Tanvir 5*)
(16.6) FOUR! Short outside off to Tanvir, he played it towards his favourite region, mid-wicket for a boundary.
(16.2) OUT! Soft dismissal for Malik, he cut a loose delivery of Russell pouwerfully, but straight to Shadab Khan at point.
Andre Russell continues
Over 16 – Multan Sultans 95/5 (Malik 35*, Badar 5*)
Faheem Ashraf bowls.
Over 15 – Multan Sultans 88/5 (Malik 33*, Badar 1*)
Saif Badar is the new batsman.
(14.4) OUT! Russell has the last laugh here, slower from the West Indian, deceived his national teammate convincingly, he is trapped in front of the stump. Pollard took the review but it was of no use.
(14.3) FOUR! Bouncer from Russell, Pollard pulled it powerfully and the top-edge takes the ball to a boundary over keeper’s head.
(14.2) SIX! Fuller this time, Pollard could not middle it properly, but his half-hit goes for a six.
(14.1) FOUR! Back of the length, outside off, Pollard dragged it from there for a boundary at mid-wicket.
Over 14 – Multan Sultans 71/4 (Malik 31*, Pollard 14*)
(13.5) SIX! HUGE from Malik! Tossed up delivery, Malik came down the track, picked from almost his legs and deposited it over mid-wicket boundary.
Over 13 – Multan Sultans 61/4 (Malik 22*, Pollard 13*)
Andre Rusell into the attack
Over 12 – Multan Sultans 54/4 (Malik 19*, Pollard 9*)
(11.2) SIX! Massive hit by the skipper, Malik attacks the spinner.
Shadab Khan introduced.
Over 11 – Multan Sultans 47/4 (Malik 12*, Pollard 9*)
Finn bowls his last over.
Over 10 – Multan Sultans 42/4 (Malik 10*, Pollard 7*)
(9.1) FOUR! Kieron Pollard throws a counter punch, a fine delivery from Faheem outside off at a good length, he played it to the on side for a precious boundary.
Faheem Ashraf bowls.
Over 9 – Multan Sultans 34/4 (Malik 8*, Pollard 1*)
(8.2) OUT! Ahmed Shehzad falls, shorter delivery, Shehzad pulled it well from his hips, but found the substitute fielder Ammad Butt perfectly on the deep fine-leg. He scored 11 off 24 balls.
Steven Finn continues
Over 7 – Multan Sultans 30/3 (Shehzad 11, Malik 5*)
Faheem Ashraf into the attack
Over 6 – Multan Sultans 27/3 (Shehzad 10, Malik 3*)
Over 5 – Multan Sultans 24/3 (Shehzad 10, Malik 1*)
(5.5) FOUR! Short from Sami, Shehzad was waiting for it, he got onto his back foot in a flash and pulled it to mid-wicket for a welcome boundary.
(5.2) OUT! Sohaib Maqsood just threw away his wicket, it was full-ish delivery, swinging away, Maqsood looked to play it over mid-wicket region, he just top-edged, the captain took an easy catch.
Over 5 – Multan Sultans 18/2 (Shehzad 5, Maqsood 1*)
Steven Finn into the attack.
Over 4 – Multan Sultans 15/2 (Shehzad 3, Maqsood 0*)
Sohaib Maqsood is the new bowler.
(3.4) OUT! The experiment of sending Darren Bravo up the order did not work. Sami bowled a bouncer at the ideal line just at the off stump, the West Indian looked to hook it but only managed a top-edge. Steven Finn took a good catch at short fine-leg.
(3.1) FOUR! Slow delivery from Sami, short-ish outside off, Bravo smashed it straight to beat the bowler and the fielders at the ‘V’.
Over 3 – Multan Sultans 9/1 (Shehzad 2*, Bravo 1*)
Darren Bravo is the new batsman.
(2.1) OUT! Huge wicket for Islamabad United, it is their captain who removed the in-from Sangakkara. It was a good length delivery on the fourth stump line, Sangakkara earlier edged one which was dropped, but this time the slip cordon did not make any mistake. He got out for 6.
Over 2 – Multan Sultans 8/0 (Sangakkara 6*, Shehzad 2*)
Mohammad Sammi shares the new ball with his captain.
Over 1 – Multan Sultans 5/0 (Sangakkara 5*, Shehzad 0*)
(0.3) DROPPED! Sangakkara edged it to slip and he is dropped, how costly will it be!
(0.1) FOUR! Poor start from Rumman, short and wide, Sangakkara cut it beautifully on off side.
After having a slight delay, the game is about to start. Rumman Raees, the skipper is about to bowl. Kumar Sangakkara and Ahmed Shehzad are the openers for the Sultans.
Islamabad United are again playing without their veteran skipper, Misbah Ul Haq.
Islamabad United: Luke Ronchi, Chadwick Walton, Asif Ali, Sahibzada Farhan, Hussain Talat, Andre Russell, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Rumman Raees (c), Mohammad Sami, Steven Finn
Multan Sultans: Ahmed Shehzad, Kumar Sangakkara, Sohaib Maqsood, Shoaib Malik (c), Kieron Pollard, Darren Bravo, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Irfan, Saif Badar, Imran Tahir, Junaid Khan
Rumman Raees won the toss and elected to bowl first in the overcast playing conditions of Dubai.
Multan Sultans will look to keep up their domination in the PSL by winning the third game. Whereas, Islamabad United, who played their first game without their skipper, Misbah Ul Haq, will look to bounce back. They lost the last game by 34 runs, on the other hand, Multan Sultans’ batting line have proved to be too powerful for Zalmi and Lahore Quetta Lahore Qalandars’ bowling line so far.