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Tim David’s Half-Century Powers Multan Sultans to Victory

Tim David was adjudged the player of the match for his innings of 71 runs off 29 deliveries

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PAKISTAN: Tim David and Riley Rossouw’s half-centuries help Multan Sultans defeat Islamabad United by 20 runs in the Pakistan Super League 2022. Multan Sultans have now won 4 matches in a row and they are currently standing at the top of the Pakistan Super League points table. In this match after winning the toss, Islamabad United decided to bowl first.

Shan Masood and Mohammad Rizwan were opening the innings for Multan Sultans. They both stitched up 30 runs partnership for the opening wicket before Mohammad Rizwan (12) got run out and Multan Sultans were 30/1 after 4.5 overs.

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Sohaib Maqsood joined Shan Masood in the middle after the fall of Mohammad Rizwan. In the last over of the mandatory powerplay, Shan Masood smashed a four and a six to improve the run rate of Multan Sultans batting innings.

In the 9th over of the match, Shan Masood tried to play a pull shot but the ball hit his thigh pad, umpire signaled it as not-out but Islamabad United took the review, fortunately for Shan Masood the ball-tracking showed the ball was just clipping the bails and he survived. But in the very next delivery, Shan Masood got LBW and he didn’t even review the decision as he know he was out. Multan Sultans were 65/2 after Masood got out.

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Shan Masood scored 43 runs off 31 deliveries which included 5 fours and 2 sixes. After the fall of the 2nd wicket, Rilee Rossouw came to the crease. Rossouw along with Maqsood stitched up a 13 run partnership before they both got into miscommunication and Sohaib Maqsood (13) got run out. Multan Sultans were 78/3 after 10.2 overs.

Tim David was the next batsman in for Multan Sultans. Tim David and Rilee Rossouw completely changed the momentum for the Sultans. They both stitched up a 110 runs partnership.

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Tim David and Rilee Rossouw’s half-centuries

Tim David and Rilee Rossouw were just dealing in boundaries and sixes. Tim David was playing with a 200+ strike rate whereas Rilee Rossouw was playing with a 190+ strike rate. Tim David brought up his half-century in just 23 deliveries. Tim David’s counter-attack boosted the run-rate of Multan Sultans.

Mohammad Wasim Jr removed Tim David in the 19th over. Tim David played a superb knock of 71 runs off just 29 deliveries which included 6 fours and 6 gigantic sixes. After David got out, Khushdil Shah joined Rilee Rossouw. Khushdil smashed two boundaries off the first two deliveries that he faced.

Rilee Rossouw brought up his half-century in the 20th over. Rilee Rossouw scored an unbeaten 67 runs off 35 deliveries which included 4 fours and 6 sixes to take the Multan Sultans to a massive total of 217/5 after 20 overs.

Mohammad Wasim Jr, Hasan Ali, and Marchant de Lange took 1 wicket each for Islamabad United.

Islamabad United was off to a good start as they scored 10 runs in the first over. In the second over Paul Stirling smashed three boundaries against David Willey, but Willey had the last laugh as he removed Paul Stirling (19) in the last delivery of the second over and Islamabad United was 22/1 after 2 overs.

Rahmanullah Gurbaz joined Alex Hales after the fall of the first wicket. They both stitched up 35 runs partnerships between them. David Willey once again gave Multan Sultans the required breakthrough as he removed Alex Hales (23) and Islamabad United were 57/2 after 5.1 overs.

Islamabad United skipper Shadab Khan joined Rahmanullah Gurbaz in the middle after the fall of Alex Hales. Shadab Khan started scoring runs at a very quick pace. Shadab Khan stitched up 24 runs partnership with Rahmanullah Gurbaz before Khushdil Shah took two back-to-back wickets of Rahmanullah Gurbaz (15) and Faheem Ashraf (0) to put Islamabad United on the backfoot.

Islamabad United kept losing quick wickets but Shadab Khan was still fighting like a lone warrior. Shadab Khan kept Islamabad United in the chase but there was no support from the other end.

Shadab Khan’s fighting half-century goes in vain

Shadab Khan played a marvelous inning as he scored 91 runs off just 42 deliveries which included 5 fours and 9 monstrous sixes. He got out in the 19th over when Islamabad United needed 24 runs off 9 deliveries. Soon after Shadab Khan got out, Islamabad United got bundled out for 197/10 after 19.4 overs. Multan Sultans won the match by 20 runs.

For Multan Sultans, Khushdil Shah took 4 wickets, David Willey took 3 wickets and Anwar Ali and Rumman Raees took 1 wicket each.

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