Kieron Pollard’s 47-ball 73 was just not enough as Multan Sultans faced their fourth defeat in a row as the table-toppers Islamabad United beat Sultans by 33 runs. The rest of the Multan batting team never got going; after Pollard, the next highest score was 13 by Sohaib Maqsood. Samit Patel stole the show by taking two in two in the very first over. Faheem Ashraf, Amad Butt and Shadab Khan also took two wickets each while Sami had one. Multan were all-out for 152 in 19.1 overs.
Islamabad’s win means that Quetta Gladiators have also qualified for the play-offs. This turn of events leaves Multan with no choice but to wait for the outcome of Peshawar Zalmi and Karachi Kings remaining matches: for Multan to qualify they’ll need Zalmi to lose at least one of their two matches and Karachi to, well lose as well. Multan have played their quota of 10 matches and have 9 points.
Earlier, Luke Ronchi dismantled the opposition by hammering (his third fifty this season) fifty-eight of just thirty-six, this earned him his third player of the match award. Alex Hales on his PSL debut hit forty-six off thirty-three. Multan’s bowlers had no answers, they kept on bowling to batsmen’s strength and got the well deserved beating. Cameos by Hussain Talat (36 off 21), Asif Ali (17 off 12) and Faheem Ashraf (13 off 6) took their team’s total to 185/4. Umar Gul took 2 for 26 while Imran Tahir had 1 for 29.