Multan Sultans got off to an outstanding start but Mohammad Wasim Jr and the other bowlers made a stunning comeback and helped Islamabad United win their fifth consecutive game in the Pakistan Super League 2021. Islamabad defeated Multan by four wickets in the final group-stage game on Saturday (June 19).
Multan lost 10 wickets for 56 runs as they were sent tumbling out for 149 in 20 overs after being 93 for no loss in the 10th over. Wasim Jnr, whose opening over cost him 18 runs, came back strongly to finish with career-best figures of 4-0-31-4, including three wickets in his final over.
Pakistan all-rounder Faheem Ashraf and Australia’s wrist spinner Fawad Ahmed bagged two apiece, conceding 24 and 25 runs respectively. For Multan, Shan Masood scored 59 from 37 balls with six fours and three sixes, while Mohammad Rizwan chipped in with a 24-ball 26 and Johnson Charles contributed a 16-ball 19
In turn, Islamabad achieved victory with two balls and four wickets to spare after they required four runs off the last over. Shadab Khan top-scored with 35, while Hussain Talat (34), Muhammad Akhlaq (26) and Asif Ali (25) were the other notable run-getters. Shahnawaz Dhani and Usman Qadir equally shared four wickets between them, conceding 21 and 22 runs, respectively.
The 30th match result had no bearing on the final standings with Islamabad United finishing at the top of the table with 16 points, followed by Multan Sultans, Peshawar Zalmi and Karachi Kings, who all ended with up on 10 points apiece. Lahore Qalandars with 10 points and Quetta Gladiators with four points were eliminated from the tournament.
Multan’s superior net run-rate over Peshawar and Karachi means the Southern Punjab side will take on Islamabad in Monday’s Qualifier. The first Eliminator between Peshawar and Karachi will follow the Qualifier on the same night.
After 30 league matches, Karachi’s Babar Azam leads the batting chart with 501 runs, followed by Multan’s Mohammad Rizwan (470), Sarfaraz Ahmed of Quetta Gladiators (321), Sharjeel Khan of Karachi Kings (312) and Multan Sultans’ Sohaib Maqsood (304).
Shahnawaz Dahani of Multan is the most successful bowler with 20 wickets, followed by Qalandars’ Shaheen Shah Afridi (16), Zalmi’s Wahab Riaz (14) and Lahore Qalandars’ James Faulkner (13).
(With inputs from PSL release)