Multan Sultans sink Islamabad United to take early lead in PSL8

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Multan Sultans have taken an early lead in the ongoing Pakistan Super League season eight (PSL8) after thrashing Islamabad United by 52 runs in match seven.

The 2021 champions are leading the chart in the points table after their third victory in the tournament with a net run rate of 1.9, the best by any side by any side in the tournament.

Playing their fourth game in the tournament at Multan Cricket Stadium, their home ground, Sultans managed to post a massive 190-run total on the scoreboard thanks to half-centuries from Mohammad Rizwan and David Millar.

Shan Masood once again falls cheaply in the first over after scoring just three. He was removed by Rumman Raees. This was his second wicket of the tournament.

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However, Rizwan and in-form Rilee Rossouw did the recovery work with a quick 91-run stand for the second wicket.

Rossouw was dismissed under 50 for the first time in the tournament this year. He scored a relatively slow by his standards, 36 off 30 balls, hitting two maximums and two boundaries.

Meanwhile, Rizwan continued his decent form with the bat, scoring 38-ball 50 with the help of five fours and a six.

After his departure in the 13th over, David Miller (52 off 25) took over the proceedings. He took on the Islamabad bowlers, smashing three boundaries and four maximums, including three sixes in a row to Shadab Khan.

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He was sent packing by Mohammad Wasim Jr in the last over. Kieron Pollard finished the innings in style after smashing three boundaries in a row. He scored 32 off 21.

In reply, Islamabad United were booked for 138 in 17.5 overs. The only resistance that came from the two-time PSL winner was from Rassie van der Dussen’s bat. He scored 49 of 32.

Apart from him, Hasan Nawaz and Colin Munro scored 21 and 31 respectively.

For Sultans, Abbas Afridi was the star of the show bagging four wickets for 22 runs from his four overs.

Ihsanullah, who is in red-hot form this season, ended up with the figures of 2-19 from his 3.9 overs.