Rossouw, Khushdil guide Sultans to six-wicket victory over Zalmi


Multan: Rilee Rossouw (49*) and Khushdil Shah (43*) rescued Multan Sultans from 47-4 to a six-wicket victory over Peshawar Zalmi at Multan Multan Cricket Stadium.

Both the batters brought up a match-winning 77 runs partnership to hand Sultans second win in the tournament.

Earlier, Sultans’ bowlers bowled really well to get Zalmi all-out for 124. Sohail Tanvir was the pick of the bowlers as the left-arm pacer picked up four wickets for 13 runs in 3.3 overs.

Mohammad Irfan and Mohammad Ilyas bagged two wickets each while Shahid Afridi and Imran Tahir shared a wicket apiece.

Haider Ali with 47 off just 27 balls remained the highest scorer for Zalmi after they decided to bat first. His inning included six fours and two sixes. Liam Dawson scored 22 off 23 balls.

Men in black lost their openers earlier for just 35 runs. Kamran Akmal made 15 while Tom Banton scored 4 runs. Later in 6th over, young Ilyas claimed Shoaib Malik and Liam Livingstone to further reduce Zalmi to 41-4.

Haider and Dawson added 44 for the fifth-wicket stand. Zalmi collapsed drastically from 85/4 to 113/9.

In reply, Sultans suffered an initial collapse after they lost their four top-order batsmen in quick successions. James Vince (5) was dropped at slips on the very first ball of the second inning. Sammy gave away the immediate chance but Hasan Ali removed Vince off the last ball of the same over.

Meanwhile, Rahat Ali and Wahab Riaz joined the party and removed Moeen Ali (2) and Shan Masood (8), respectively second and fifth over. Later, in the end, Rossouw and Khushdil did the job for their team.

Wahab took two wickets while Hasan Ali and Rahat Ali bagged a wicket each.