Multan beat Islamabad, qualify for its maiden PSL final

Multan Sultans certified for their first Pakistan Tremendous League final after beating two-time champion Islamabad United by 31 runs within the playoffs on Monday.

Islamabad can have one other alternative to make the final when it takes on Peshawar Zalmi on Tuesday. Peshawar accomplished a five-wicket win over Karachi Kings with only one supply to spare within the first of the eliminator finals.

Sohaib Maqsood’s 59 and Khushdil Shah’s 42 off 22 balls spurred Multan to 180-5 after captain Mohammad Rizwan was dismissed with out scoring.

Islamabad, famend for its run chases, fell towards the tempo of Sohail Tanvir (3-17) and Zimbabwe swing bowler Blessing Muzarabani (3-31) and was bowled out for 149 with an over to spare.


Left-arm seamer Tanvir knocked again the center stump of the in-form Colin Munro for a duck off his second supply and returned to get the important thing wicket of Usman Khawaja, who threatened to take the sport away from Multan with a scintillating knock of 70 off 40 balls.

Khawaja, who performs check cricket for Australia however is the one Islamabad-born participant within the United squad, accomplished his half-century off 33 balls and smashed Muzarabani for a six and three consecutive boundaries within the 14th over.

However Tanvir returned within the subsequent over and Shah hung onto a properly judged catch at deep midwicket to dismiss Khawaja. Islamabad hopes died.

Earlier, after electing to bat first, Maqsood earned a fourth half-century this season. The discarded Pakistan worldwide hit seven fours and three pulled sixes to avoid wasting Multan.

Islamabad captain Shadab Khan picked up each of his wickets within the first over when he had Shan Masood and Rilee Rossouw leg earlier than wicket and Multan slipped to 59-3 within the eighth over.

However Maqsood added a brisk 63 with Johnson Charles, who hit a quickfire 41 from three fours and three sixes.

Shah saved up the momentum when he smacked younger quick bowler Akif Javed for 29 runs within the penultimate over that featured 4 successive sixes and a 4.

Within the later match, Karachi batted first and posted 175-7, with Babar Azam scoring 53 on the prime of the order and Thisara Perera belting three sixes as he reached 37 from 18 balls within the center.

Hazratullah Zazai anchored the run chase for Peshawar in a player-of-the-match innings, hitting 5 sixes and 10 fours as he plundered the Karachi assault for 77 from 38 deliveries. He dominated partnerships of 49 with Kamran Akmal and 43 with Imam-ul-Haq for the primary two wickets and lifted Peshawar to 103-3 by the point he was dismissed within the twelfth over.

Shoaib Malik (30) saved up the momentum for Peshawar till his dismissal within the penultimate over.

The winner of the Tuesday’s second eliminator will meet Multan within the final on Thursday.

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