Karachi Kings total of 188/3 became the highest score this season and also their highest ever in PSL. This was enough for them to beat Multan Sultans by 63 runs and grab the second position on the points table. Multan Sultans, on the other hand, have lost three matches on the trot and are third on the points table for now. Their final match against Islamabad United on the 13th will be a knockout.
Multan Sultans were down and out with both bat and ball. Joe Denly and Babar Azam went berzerk with the bat, they scored 118 off 86 for the second wicket. Denly made 78(55) before Imran Tahir managed to dismiss him. Babar Azam finally showed his class with the bat (58 off 39), scored at a strike-rate of 148.71. Colin Ingram made sure Karachi finished off in style by hitting a quick-fire 29 off 8. Multan bowlers looked off-colour, they failed to contain Karachi apart from the powerplay stage where Karachi were 32/1.
Multan’s batting had enough firepower to chase down the target of 189 but things never went their way. Sohail Tanvir was the top-scorer with 34* off 29. Only 4 batsmen apart from him entered double figures. Multan were 53 for 2 in the powerplay: they kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and were all-out for 125. Shahid Afridi took yet another 3-fer for just 18 runs and was declared player of the match.