Islamabad united 209 for 8 (Ashraf 51*, Shadab 44, Munro 40, Anwar 3-33, Ihsanullah 2-35) Multan sultans 205 for 5 (Masood 75, David 60, Shadab 2-26) by two wickets
Sometimes crash, bang, wallop is fun. It’s the principle on which T20 cricket is based (look away, haters) and it showed up in an entertaining fight that Islamabad United won by just two wickets. Faheem Ashraf turned in a tremendous performance, culminating in three fours and a six in the final, completing the second highest pursuit in PSL history.
Multan Sultans would have been confident after putting down 205 in total, but they will now think back to their own last, who went for zero bounds but took two wickets. To that incredible six balls, Yorker specialist Mohammad Wasim leaked 42 runs. He had to deal with a raging Tim David, who was at 60 out of 27. Still, he pulled back, went for the block hole and not only retired Sultans’ leading hitter, but also accounted for David Miller on the final pitch of the game. turns.
United does this a lot. They are pure T20, led by an all-rounder who loves his data and fueled by hitters who leave no room for second thought. They lost eight wickets in the course of this chase. They were 32 for 2, 99 for 4 and 159 for 7. But the longest they went without hitting a boundary after each of those dismissals was seven balls. And in penance they struck the eighth and ninth for four. United kept coming. They just kept coming and coming and coming.
Colin Munro corrected a top-order shaky 40 out of 21. Usama Mir knocked him out. Shadab Khan regained momentum with 44 out of 25. Ihsanullah demolished his stumps. Ashraf popped up and with 18 needed off six balls he went 4, 6, 2, 4, 4. The six in that sequence was a wide yorker who went over the deep third, after the southpaw had originally intended to hit the ball . It was crazy.
Until those last few moments, it felt like a sultan’s game. Shan Masood topped the rankings with 75, only he didn’t hit a single six. David came in at number 4 and countered with a vengeance by clattering four of them off back-to-back balls in a 16th over by Rumman Raees that took 30 runs. But just as things started to look really bleak, United snuck in an eight-run 19th over from Fazalhaq Farooqi and a six-run 20th over from Wasim and that proved to be the difference.