Shoaib Malik-led unit register comfortable nine-wicket win over Quetta Gladiators
An impressive bowling performance followed up by Kumar Sangakkara’s master class helped Multan Sultans register thumping victory by nine wickets against Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Sharjah on Saturday.
The day started with Sultans captain Shoaib Malik winning the toss and opting to bowl first on a shiny pitch in Sharjah.
His decision proved a correct one as Gladiators, who at one stage were looking to score in excess of 150, were bowled out for just 102 in the 16th over, thanks to a monumental collapse where they lost their last five wickets for just one run in the space of seven deliveries.
Captain Sarfraz Ahmed was the top scorer for his team on the day, as he scored 30 off 33 balls with the help of three boundaries.For Sultans, pacer Sohail Tanvir and leg-spinner Imran Tahir was the star of the show, as they both claimed three wickets apiece.
Tahir, meanwhile, became the first spinner in the PSL’s history and third bowler after Muhammad Amir and Junaid Khan to claim a hat-trick when he took wickets of all-rounder Hassan Khan, John Hastings and tail-ender Rahat Ali on consecutive deliveries in the 16th over.
Chasing 103 was never going to be a problem for the Sultans, and so it proved to be as they comfortably went over the line in the 17th over.
The star of the show for the team was veteran wicket-keeper batsman Kumar Sangakkara, who scored his third half-century of the tournament and remained unbeaten on 51 off 44 balls, including five fours and one maximum.He was well supported by fellow opener Ahmed Shehzad, who scored 27 off 35, and Sohaib Maqsood, who played a nice little cameo of 26 off 21 with the help of two fours and one six.
For Gladiators, left-arm spinner Hasan was the only successful bowler as he finished with figures of one for 25 in his three over.