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Islamabad United launches PSL campaign with victory

Islamabad United vs Sultans. Photo PCB


Islamabad United defeated Multan Sultans by three wickets in the sixth season match of Pakistan Super League at National Cricket Stadium Karachi on Sunday. The Sultans gave Islamabad United a 151-run target to win, which they completed in 19 overs. Lewis Gregory remained unbeaten on 49.At the beginning of the match, the batsmen of Islamabad United were not allowed to stand on their feet by the Sultans and the bowlers piled them up one by one. Shahid Afridi took three wickets, Khushdal Shah one, Carlos two and Mohammad Omar one. However, in the last overs of the match, Islamabad backed down and Gregory’s brilliant innings ensured the victory.Earlier, Multan Sultans scored 150 runs for the loss of eight wickets in the stipulated 20 overs and gave Islamabad United a target of 151 runs to win. Shahid Afridi was dismissed without scoring a run.

Le Rousseau batted aggressively but Shadab Khan dismissed him for 25 runs. Sohaib Maqsood came after him but he too fell victim to Muhammad Waseem after scoring two runs. Islamabad United won the toss and elected to field.
Earlier in the day, Lahore Qalandars defeated Peshawar Zalmi by four wickets in the first match of the tournament on Sunday.

Mohammad Rizwan batted well and scored 71 off 53 balls (Photo: AFP)
Mohammad Rizwan batted well and scored 71 off 53 balls (Photo: AFP)

Islamabad United is led by young all-rounder Shadab Khan while Muhammad Rizwan is the captain of Multan Sultans.
Multan Sultans vs Islamabad United So far six matches have been played between the two teams out of which Islamabad United has won three matches and Multan Sultans have won only three matches.Wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan, who led Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the last domestic season, has won the National T20 and Quaid-e-Azam Trophy for his team and this time he will try to set a new record by winning the PSL title.Who are the best players of both the teams?
The Multan Sultans squad consists of the best foreign players in the league while the Islamabad United team has the best all-rounders.
Chris Lane, Carlos Braithwaite, Riley Reisso and James Vance
The Multan Sultans have the best squad of Australia’s Chris Lane, West Indies’ Carlos Braithwaite, South Africa’s Riley Reso and England’s James Venus.These are all players who have the ability to turn the tide of any match at any time.

Islamabad United has the best all-rounders. Photo AFP

Shahid Afridi, Imran Tahir, Usman Qadir and Sohail Tanveer
There are three league snipers in the Multan Sultans team who have proved their mettle in the world of cricket. All-rounder Shahid Afridi is a match-winner despite his retirement from cricket, while both Imran Tahir and Usman Qadir are suitable bowlers for limited overs cricket.
Multan Sultans bowling veteran Sohail Tanveer will once again be seen in action.

Islamabad United’s Roti Gang
After Hassan Ali’s inclusion in Islamabad United, the bowling line has become quite strong, while he will be joined by Shadab Khan and Faheem Ashraf.
Shadab Khan and Faheem Ashraf have recently introduced themselves as all-rounders while this time their team will rely more on these two players.




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