Babar’s unbeaten 85 in vain as Sultans win

Agencies/ Abu Dhabi

Thursday، 10 June 2021 11:32 PM

Three wickets from Imran Khan and 44 each from Khushdil Shah and player of the match Rilee Rossouw helped Multan Sultans to a 12-run win over Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League in Abu Dhabi yesterday.  Sultans restricted Kings to 164 in their pursuit of 177.
Kings had a poor start to their run-chase and were reeling at 77 for three in 12 overs with 100 runs still required from eight overs. Chadwick Walton joined Babar and the pair stitched a 77-run partnership off 45 balls for the fourth wicket to give Kings a chance to cross the line, but they failed to control the surging required run-rate. Babar remained unbeaten on 85 off 63 balls. Right-arm fast Imran Khan took three wickets for 28, while Imran Tahir took two for 27.
Earlier, after being put into bat, Sultans got off to a flying start despite losing opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz early.  Sohaib Maqsood and Mohamed Rizwan stitched a solid 36-run stand for the second wicket off just 18 balls.  Later, Rizwan was joined by Rossouw, who made 44 in just 24 balls. 44. Thisara Perera removed Rossou, while Rizwan (29 off 23, two fours, one six) got run out.  That the Sultans managed to score 176 for five was largely because of late onslaught from young left-handed batsman Khushdil who returned undefeated on 44 off 32.  

Brief Scores
Multan Sultans 176-5, 20 overs (Khushdil Shah 44 not out, Rilee Rossouw 44, Sohaib Maqsood 31, Mohammad Rizwan 29) bt Karachi Kings 164-7, 20 overs (Babar Azam 85 not out, Chadwick Walton 35; Imran Khan 3-28, Imran Tahir 2-27) by 12 runs

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