LIVE: Sultans down Zalmi in PSL opener by seven wickets

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LIVE: Multan Sultans bowl first after winning the toss

Multan Sultans register their first win of the PSL by seven wickets.

Multan Sultans inning

(19.1) SIX! Malik finishes it in style, they needed six runs to win and he pulled a short one from Hammad Azam for a huge one. Malik remained not out on 42, while Pollard carried his bat for 21.

Hammad Azam bowls the last over.

Over 19 – Multan Sultans 146/3 (Malik 36*, Pollard 21*)

(18.2) FOUR! Loose delivery outside off, Pollard caressed it through covers for a boundary.

Jordan bowls.

Over 18 – Multan Sultans 137/3 (Malik 33*, Pollard 15*)

(17.6) FOUR! Short one from Wahab Riaz, he pulled it, Dwayne Smith could not pick it that gave Sultans crucial four runs.

Wahab Riaz bowls.

Over 17 – Multan Sultans 126/3 (Malik 29*, Pollard 9*)

(16.6) FOUR! Too wide from Jordan, Pollard just edged it for a boundary to third-man.

(16.2) FOUR! Easy pickings for Pollard, it was bowled on his pads with fine-leg inside the circle, he just clipped it for a boundary.

Chris Jordan comes back into the attack

Over 16 – Multan Sultans 114/3 (Malik 26*, Pollard 0*)

(15.6) FOUR! Malik made a bit of room and played it over point for a boundary

Hammad Azam bowls.

Over 15 – Multan Sultans 106/3 (Malik 19*, Pollard 0*)

Kieron Pollard is the new batsman.

(14.5) OUT! Huge wicket for Zalmis, Wahab Riaz struck as he removed Sangakkara who edged it to Kamran Akmal after scoring 57 on 51 balls.

Wahab Riaz into the attack

Over 14 – Multan Sultans 104/2 (Sangakkara 56*, Malik 19*)

(13.5) SIX! Sangakkara at his best, made room and pulled it over fine leg for a six.

Over 13 – Multan Sultans 92/2 (Sangakkara 49*, Malik 14*)

(12.6) FOUR! Full delivery by the leggie, Sangakkara played it straight powerfully four another boundary. Ibtisam is having some difficulty in controlling the seasoned campaigners.

(12.2) SIX! The youngster is being targeted here by the pros, Shoaib Malik goes down the track and struck it dead straight for a mighty one.

Over 12 – Multan Sultans 78/2 (Sangakkara 42*, Malik 6*)

Mohammad Asghar bowls

Over 11 – Multan Sultans 73/2 (Sangakkara 40*, Malik 4*)

Hammad Azam is back into the attack.

Over 10 – Multan Sultans 68/2 (Sangakkara 36*, Malik 3*)

(9.5) SIX! Sangakkara backed and struck the youngster inside-out for a six, testing times for Ibtisam Sheikh.

Ibtisam continues.

Over 9 – Multan Sultans 57/2 (Sangakkara 27*, Malik 1*)

Shoaib Malik comes to bat.

(8.1) OUT! A poor shot from Sohaib Maqsood, he was looking to go big, he came down the track and just skied it, Chris Jordan takes it easily. He scored 21 runs off 16.

Over 8 – Multan Sultans 54/1 (Sangakkara 25*, Sohaib 21*)

Ibtisam Sheikh into the attack.

Over 7 – Multan Sultans 48/1 (Sangakkara 20*, Sohaib 20*)

Mohammad Asghar bowls.

Over 6 – Multan Sultans 43/1 (Sangakkara 17*, Sohaib 18*)

(5.5) FOUR! Another short one from Hammad, this time Maqsood goes over mid-wicket and managed to find another four.

(5.3) FOUR! Similar delivery, similar shot but different result. Maqsood could not middle it that well and was lucky to survive as Dwayne Smith dropped a tough catch.

(5.2) SIX! Hammaz Azam dropped it short, Sohaib Maqsood waited for it on the back it and pulled it for a mighty blow.

Hammad Azam introduced into attack.

Over 5 – Multan Sultans 28/1 (Sangakkara 16*, Sohaib 4*)

(4.6) FOUR! Beautiful from Sohaib Maqsood, short-ish one from the slow-left arm bowler, he just drove it on the back foot to piece the gap at covers.

Mohammad Asghar into the attack.

Over 4 – Multan Sultans 23/1 (Sangakkara 15*, Sohaib 0*)

(3.1) FOUR! Classy Sanga! Pacy delivery outside off, he gets on one knee and drove it through off-side for another boundary.

Wahab Riaz continues.

Over 3 – Multan Sultans 17/1 (Sangakkara 10*, Sohaib 0*)

(2.4) FOUR! Short outside off, he just placed it perfectly through gap for the second boundary off the over.

(2.1) FOUR! A delivery on Sangakkara’s pads, easy pickings for the Sri Lankan legend, he just tickled it for a boundary.

Jordan continues.

Over 2 – Multan Sultans 8/1 (Sangakkara 6*, Sohaib 0*)

(1.5) OUT! Wahab Riaz’s short one gets the better of Ahmed Shehzad, he just flicked it to find the fielder at fine-leg, where Hammad Azam did not make any mistake. He goes for a duck.

Wahab Riaz takes the new ball from the other end.

Over 1 – Multan Sultans 6/0 (Sangakkara 5*, Shehzad 0*)

Chris Jordan starts the proceedings for Peshawar Zalmi, Kumar Sangakkara and Ahmed Shehzad are out there for Sultans.

Multan Sultans need 152 runs to win their debut contest.

Peshawar Zalmi inning

Over 20 – Peshawar Zalmi 151/6 (Hammad 3*, Jordan 1*)

(19.5) OUT! Good delivery from Tanvir, Sammy edged this to Kumar Sangakkara. He scored 29 off 11 deliveries.

(19.4) FOUR! Slower bouncer from Sohail Tanvir outside off, Sammy dragged it from there for a boundary between mid-wicket and long-on.

Over 19 – Peshawar Zalmi 143/5 (Sammy 24*, Hammad 1*)

(18.5) FOUR! Full outside off from Khan, Sammy played a big booming drive for another boundary.

(18.4) SIX! A friendly full-toss from Junaid Khan to Darren Sammy, he absolutely murdered it for a maximum and cleans his bat with his jersey.

Hammad Azam at the crease.

(18.2) OUT! Mohammad Hafeez’s impressive inning comes to an end, slow short delivery from Junaid Khan, he pulled it straight to Sohaib Maqsood who was just placed there.

(18.1) FOUR! Full and fast from Junaid, but Hafeez played a brilliant shot down the ground for the boundary.

Junaid Khan bowls his last over.

Over 18 – Peshawar Zalmi 128/4 (Hafeez 54*, Sammy 14*)

(17.6) SIX! Arguably the best shot of the inning! It was full and stright, Darren Sammy just punched it over the bowler’s head for half-a-dozen.

(17.5) SIX! Another poor delivery from Tanvir, fine-leg was inside the circle, he bowled it short, Sammy pulled it but could not middle it, a top edge took the ball over the boundary.

(17.3) FOUR! Long-off is pushed back, but Tanvir pulled his length back and enough room for Hafeez to place the ball in the gap through gully region.

(17.2) FOUR! Hafeez brings up his half-century with this boundary, it was a slow delivery outside off, he lofted it to clear long-off inside the circle to earn four runs.

Tanvir back into the attack.

Over 17 – Peshawar Zalmi 107/4 (Hafeez 46*, Sammy 2*)

Imran Tahir to bowl his last over.

Over 16 – Peshawar Zalmi 102/4 (Hafeez 43*, Sammy 0*)

Darren Sammy in the middle now.

(15.4) OUT! Haris Sohail was looking to increase the scoring rate, Viljoen bowled it short, Haris looked to heave it for a six over mid-wicket, but could not middle it, easy catch taken by Sohail Tanvir.

Viljoen back into the attack.

Over 15 – Peshawar Zalmi 100/3 (Hafeez 41*, Haris 14*)

(14.1) FOUR! Mohammad Hafeez comes down the track and lofts it over covers for a boundary.

Junaid Khan comes back to bowl.

Over 14 – Peshawar Zalmi 93/3 (Hafeez 35*, Haris 13*)

Sammy brings Irfan into the attack

Over 13 – Peshawar Zalmi 87/3 (Hafeez 32*, Haris 12*)

(12.1) FOUR! Smashed! Mohammad Hafeez absolutely smashed Viljoen’s delivery outside off for a boundary through covers.

Viljoen continues.

Over 12 – Peshawar Zalmi 77/3 (Hafeez 24*, Haris 10*)

(11.5) FOUR! Imran Tahir’s quick delivery outside off that came in and had the extra bounce that beaten everyone, including the keeper Sangakkara.

(11.1) SIX! Haris Sohail into the attack now, he danced down the wicket and hit it down the ground. He had wonderful balance during the shot.

Tahir continues.

Over 11 – Peshawar Zalmi 62/3 (Hafeez 17*, Haris 2*)

Viljoen continues

Over 10 – Peshawar Zalmi 57/3 (Hafeez 15*, Haris 0*)

(9.5) OUT! Smith wasn’t looking convincing, dragged a delivery outside off-stump to long-on, where is caught by Kieron Pollard on the boundary and he Imran Tahir is off for celebration.

(9.1) SIX! Typical Hafeez! He came down the track, made Tahir’s looped delivery a full-toss and deposited it into the crowd over the bowler’s head.

Imran Tahir continues.

Over 9 – Peshawar Zalmi 50/2 (Smith 24*, Hafeez 7*)

(8.5) FOUR! Viljoen bowled it outside off, short-ish in length, Smith dragged it to score a boundary on mid-wicket.

Hardus Viljoen comes into the attack.

Over 8 – Peshawar Zalmi 43/2 (Smith 19*, Hafeez 6*)

(7.3) SIX! First six of the season, Tahir tosses it up to Dwayne Smith, he lofted it over long-on for half a dozen.

Imran Tahir comes on to bowl.

Over 7 – Peshawar Zalmi 33/2 (Smith 9*, Hafeez 6*)

Junaid Khan bowls again.

Over 6 – Peshawar Zalmi 29/2 (Smith 8*, Hafeez 3*)

Mohammad Irfan continues.

Over 5 – Peshawar Zalmi 26/2 (Smith 8*, Hafeez 0*)

(4.1) FOUR! Woah! What a shot! Smith just chipped it straight over the bowler for a boundary.

Junaid Khan into the attack

Over 4 – Peshawar Zalmi 22/2 (Smith 4*, Hafeez 0*)

Mohammad Hafeez is the new batsman for Zalmi.

(3.3) OUT! Too many shots probably, he looked to replicate the shot he played on the first delivery of the over, but this time he found Junaid Khan on the boundary, who took a good catch diving forward. He scored 11 runs at run-a-ball.

(3.2) FOUR! Another boundary for the Bangaldeshi opener, danced down the track took the ball on the full and caressed through covers.

(3.1) FOUR! Moved towards the off-stump, made use of the extra bounce of Irfan and flicked it for a boundary on fine-leg.

Mohammad Irfan continues.

Over 3 – Peshawar Zalmi 14/1 (Tamim 3*, Smith 4*)

(2.5) FOUR! Tanvir bowling brilliantly here, asking too many questions. Smith had a lucky escape, a boundary on leg-bye.

(2.3) FOUR! Tanvir bowls on the pads of Dwayne Smith, he flicked it to the boundary for the first four of the tournament.

Sohail Tanvir continues

Over 2 – Peshawar Zalmi 4/1 (Tamim 2*, Smith 0*)

Dwayne Smith is the new man in.

(1.5) OUT! Another bouncer from the tall Mohammad Irfan, but this time it was Kamran Akmal on the strike who top-edged it, easy catch for Viljoen. He scored a duck.

(1.3) – Tamim Iqbal was given out as he was looking to hook a bouncer of Mohammad Irfan, the umpire thought that it might have brushed the glove and gave it out. Tamim took went for DRS immediately that revealed there was no contact between the glove and the ball.

Mohammad Irfan shares the new ball with Sohail Tanvir.

Over 1 – Peshawar Zalmi 1/0 (Tamim 1*, Kamran 0*)

Sohail Tanvir has the ball, he is to bowl the first delivery for Multan Sultans. Kamran Akmal and Tamim Iqbal are there to open the inning for Peshawar Zalmi.

Here we go!

Shoaib Malik, Multan Sultans’ skipper, feels it is the first game of this season’s PSL and his team’s debut outing, so it will be better to bowl first and bat accordingly afterward.

“It’s our first game and if you look at the pitch it has a bit of grass. These are the reasons we’re bowling first. It’s our first year and takes a bit of time to understand franchise cricket but we’re all professionals. Our four overseas players are Sanga, Pollard, Tahir…and a very fast bowler from South Africa. I can’t pronounce his name,” he stated after winning the toss.

On the other hand, defending champions’ captain, Darren Sammy believes the wicket has a bit of more grass as compared to last year.

“The new wicket has a little bit more grass than last year. Whoever was going to win the toss would’ve bowled first. But we are prepared to bat. First six overs we’ll assess the conditions and then we’ll know what’s a good score. It’s a true wicket and I’m hoping our two openers will assess and tell us whether it’s a 175 or 180 wicket,” said Sammy at the toss.

 

TOSS

Multan Sultans won the toss and elected to bowl first.

The newest entrant of Pakistan Super League, Multan Sultans look to make their mark in their first outing. Whereas, Peshawar Zalmi is hoping to keep up their winning momentum from the last season.

 

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