PSL 2022: Multan Sultans crush Quetta Gladiators by 117 runs
Multan Sultans crush Quetta Gladiators by 117 runs
LAHORE (Dunya News) – Defending champions Multan Sultans qualified for the 23 February Qualifier of the Pakistan Super League 2022 with a punishing 117 runs victory over a hapless Quetta Gladiators in front of an almost full-house at the Gaddafi Stadium on Friday.
Mohammad Rizwan, Rilee Rossouw and Shan Masood struck electrifying half-centuries as Multan Sultans scored 81 runs off the last five overs to post 245 for three in 20 overs, second highest total in the HBL PSL history, after electing to bat first in perfect batting conditions.
In turn, Umar Akmal and Jason Roy provided entertainment to a festive and cheerful crowd but the 246-run target proved to be an uphill task as Quetta Gladiators were bowled out for 128 in 15.5 overs. Umar scored a 23-ball 50 (two fours and six sixes), while Roy scored a 19-ball 38 (seven fours and a six).
Friday afternoon’s match result means Multan Sultans are now on 16 points and irrespective of how their last league match against Islamabad United on 20 Feb pans out, they will finish in the top-two of the six-team tournament. Sultans’ victory also ensured Lahore Qalandars and Peshawar Zalmi also progressed to the play-offs.
In contrast, the only way the Quetta Gladiators (currently on six points from nine matches) can keep alive their slim chances of qualifying for the play-offs is:
- Islamabad United (presently on eight points from eight matches) badly loses both their matches against Lahore Qalandars (19 February) and Multan Sultans (20 February)
- Quetta Gladiators wins their last league match convincingly against Karachi on 20 Feb
Rizwan continued with sparkling form with the bat with a 54-ball 83 not out that included seven fours and three sixes. Rizwan added 119 runs for the first wicket with Shan (57 off 38 balls with six fours and a six).
Rizwan then featured in a blistering 103-run second wicket partnership in just 33 balls with Rossouw as the latter creamed Quetta Gladiators bowling at will to all parts of the park.
Rossouw dominated the stand as he slapped nine fours and four sixes in a 26-ball 71. He reached his half-century from 20 balls.
Shan has now aggregated 453 runs from nine matches, while Rizwan has scored 428 runs in as many matches. Fakhar Zaman of Lahore Qalandars sits ahead of the two on 469 runs in seven matches.
Scores in brief
Multan Sultans 245-3, 20 overs (Mohammad Rizwan 83 not out, Rilee Rossouw 71, Shan Masood 57)
Quetta Gladiators 128 all out, 15.5 overs (Umar Akmal 50, Jason Roy 38; Khushdil Shah 2-17, Shahnawaz Dahani 2-22, David Willey 2-22, Asif Afridi 2-42)