Ihsanullah’s five-for, Rossouw’s half-century hands Multan as easy victory in a low scorer
Ihsanullah, a fast bowler for the Multan Sultans, was on fire early in his spell when he smashed Sarfaraz Ahmed’s stumps with a delivery that was bowled at above 150 kph.
A few of the length deliveries bowled by the tall pacer worried Sarfaraz. A Sarfaraz inside edge destroyed the wicketkeeper’s attempts to waft at a delivery outside off stump. The pacer, who celebrated with his signature bow and arrow, was obviously happy.
Only one run was given up by Ihsanullah in his opening over. He still hadn’t finished, though, as his second attempt saw him perform even better.
In his second over, the right-handed pacer went for a hat-trick after first dismissing Jason Roy with a 142 kph delivery. Then he followed it up by capturing in-form Iftikhar Ahmed lbw and dismissed him from a golden duck. Ihsanullah bowled a double-wicket maiden over by finishing the second over without allowing a run.
In the thirteenth over, Ihsanullah made a comeback and removed Umar Akmal with his first delivery of the third over. The right-arm pacer hit Akmal from behind with a short, pitched ball.
Ihsanullah was enjoying a great night as he finished off his five-wicket haul by clean bowling Naseem Shah. Only 12 runs were scored during the right-arm pacer’s four-over performance.
After the bowling Multan Sultan’s were also incredible in the batting. The Sultans quickly chased down 111 runs with 39 balls remaining, with the help of aggressive batter Rilee Rossouw.
Impressive Rossouw helped Sultans complete the task with the bat by reaching his eighth PSL 50 off 33 balls. He hit 78 runs off just 42 balls, including three maximums and nine boundaries.
Ihsanullah, a 20-year-old spinner, had a great day today as he claimed five wickets to assist Sultans in dismissing Gladiators for 110. Ihsanullah dominated in just his second encounter of the first PSL season because of his quick deliveries and back-to-back wickets.
In addition to Ihsanullah, the other two pacers for the Sultans, Sameen Gul and Abbas Afridi, provided their team a head start by taking a wicket respectively.
Aggressive batter Martin Guptill was sent packing after scoring seven runs when Sameen struck in his first over. Following Abdul Wahid Bangalzai, Kieron Pollard caught Abbas Afridi at midfield.
With all three pacers contributing to Quetta two’s total of 66-6 in 12 overs, Usama Mir came through for the home team by trapping Mohammad Nawaz for an LBW off his last ball of his second over.
While Quetta had some of the game’s best batters, Mohammad Hasnain finished as the team’s second-highest scorer with 22 runs off 20 balls before Sameen sent him back to the pavilion.
After scoring 18 runs, Mohammad Hafeez, an experienced batter, was struck out by Abbas, ending Quetta’s inning.
Although Sultans lost Shan Masood early while chasing, Rossouw and Rizwan excelled at carrying the innings. By sending Masood, the Gladiators’ opener, back to the pavilion, Nuwan Thushara gave his team an early lead.
In order to defend the low score, Thushara struck quickly by lbw-ing Masood (3) in the second over.
However, Multan recovered from the setback as Rossouw took control of the run-chase and started hitting scores.
As Sultans claimed a nine-wicket victory in 13.3 overs, Rossouw and Mohammad Rizwan teamed up well to score 108 runs together.