The third hat-trick in the history of Pakistan Super League, the second this year and that too from the same team Multan Sultans.
Imran Tahir was on a hat-trick chance against Islamabad United the other day but couldn’t get it. Today, he got another shot at claiming one and he did not miss out! Tahir’s hat-trick victims were the Pakistan u-19 captain Hassan Khan, the Aussie quick John Hastings and Rahat Ali.
Multan won the toss and elected to bowl first: the wicket looked good for batting, Quetta had enough arsenal in their ranks to make the most of it but they failed miserably. None of their batsmen got going. Watson (19 off 17) and Sarfraz (30 off 33) got starts but failed to capitalise. The three pacers from Multan got them in check, kept taking wickets at regular intervals. Sohail Tanvir (3 for 14), Junaid Khan (9 for 2) and Mohammad Irfan (27 for 1) were stars with the ball until Imran Tahir finished off the proceedings with a hat-trick. Quetta Gladiators lost five wickets for just one run! This was a collapse of even greater proportions than Lahore Qalandars could have imagined. Gladiators were 92/4, then 101/5 and ended up being all-out for 102.
Multan Sultans chased down the target in 16.4 overs with 9 wickets in hand. Kumar Sangakkara scored (51* off 44) his third half century of the tournament.
Multan has seven points with three wins in the bag and are second on the table after Karahi. While, Quetta, with just 4 points and two wins drop down to fifth place.