Multan Sultans Enter Qualifiers After Thumping 117 Run Win Over Quetta Gladiators
Multan Sultans qualified for the February 23 Qualifier of the Pakistan Super League 2022 with a thumping 117 runs victory over Quetta Gladiators
Defending champions Multan Sultans qualified for the February 23 Qualifier of the Pakistan Super League 2022 with a thumping 117 runs victory over Quetta Gladiators at the Gaddafi Stadium here 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, the second-highest total in the 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'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.
Brief scores: 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).
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