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PSL 2020: Multan Sultans thrashes Islamabad United by nine wickets

PSL 2020: Multan Sultans thrashes Islamabad United by nine wickets
March 8, 2020
RAWALPINDI (92 News) - Multan Sultans thrashed the Islamabad United by nine-wickets in a rain reduced game played at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on Sunday. United had set a 92 run target for the Sultans, which they chased in the sixth over of the game courtesy to James Vince's half century. The opener ended the innings at 61 and took is team to the finishing line along with fellow Englishman Moeen Ali. Earlier, Islamabad United set a 92 run target to the the Multan Sultans after they were asked to bat by skipper Shaan Masood. United's Colin Munro was the highest scorer of his team with 25 runs, as Islamabad made 91 runs for the loss of seven wickets For the Sultans, Junaid Khan and Imran Tahir picked two wickets each, with English all rounder Moeen Ali also taking a wicket. Multan maintain their dominance in the league stages as the sit at the top of the points table with 11 points after today's win.   Earlier, Multan Sultans won the toss and elected to field first against Islamabad United at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on Sunday. The match between Islamabad United and Multan Sultans has been delayed due to rain. It is pertinent to mention here that so far four matches of the PSL have been affected due to the weather with one game being completely being washed out. The Sultans and United have already met once in this year’s tournament with United winning the game by eight wickets courtesy of Luke Ronchi and Colin Munros’s fifties and Ammad Butt’s four fer. Multan who sit at the top of the points table with nine points from six games have so far been in a decent form in this year’s edition as compared to their previous outings. Shan Masood and co almost lost the last game against Karachi Kings on Friday, had rain not come to their rescue and handing them a point. On the other hand, two-time champions Islamabad, led by Shadab Khan have been having their little run-in with rain. Peshawar Zalmi got the better of United winning their encounter by seven runs thanks to the D/L method. The Islamabad skipper has been leading for the front smashing it around the park with 237 runs in seven games at an average of 47.40. Joining him is Luke Ronchi who is in excellent form having scored 248 runs and Colin Munro who has 223 runs with a top score of 87*. Among the bowlers, Faheem Ashraf has picked up seven wickets from five matches for United. The Sultans, on the other hand, have mostly been relying on Rilee Rossouw and skipper Masood. Rossouw has 189 runs, including an unbeaten century, while Masood has scored 183 runs. In the bowling department, Imran Tahir has been leading the charts with eight wickets. Mohammad Ilyas and Sohail Tanvir have also picked six and seven wickets respectively.
Squads
Islamabad United: Shadab Khan (captain), Faheem Ashraf, Asif Ali, Luke Ronchi, Hussain Talat, Amad Butt, Musa Khan, Dale Steyn, Colin Ingram, Colin Munro, Rumman Raees, Rizwan Hussain, Phil Salt, Zafar Gohar, Akif Javed, Ahmed Safi Abdullah, Saif Badar, Dawid Malan Multan Sultans: Shan Masood (captain), Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Irfan, James Vince, Junaid Khan, Moeen Ali, Rilee Rossouw, Zeeshan Ashraf, Ravi Bopara, Sohail Tanvir, Ali Shafiq, Khushdil Shah, Usman Qadir, Fabian Allen, Mohammad Ilyas, Rohail Nazir, Imran Tahir, Bilawal Bhatti, Wayne Madsen  
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