Khushdil, Imran Khan Senior star in Multan Sultans’ vital win over Karachi Kings

By our correspondent

KARACHI: Imran Khan Senior and Imran Tahir did well with the ball while Khushdil Shah and Rilee Rossouw had a fine day with the bat as Multan Sultans downed  holders Karachi Kings by 12 runs in their first game of the Abu Dhabi leg of the HBL PSL-6 at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium on Thursday night.

This was the second win for Multan in the event from six games.

Chasing 177, Kings needed 23 off the last over from Imran Khan Senior. But the Test discard right-arm did well as he conceded just ten runs and also removed Thisara Perera (0), Imad Wasim (0) and Qasim Akram (10) to finish with 3-28 in four overs.

It was Babar Azam (85*) who kept Kings hopes until the last over. Babar, who hit four sixes and five fours in his 18th fifty of the PSL history, faced 63 balls. He added quik 77 runs for the fourth wicket with Chadwick Walton who got run out off the final ball off the penultimate over by scoring 23-ball 35 with four fours and one six.

Imran Tahir got 2-27 in four overs and showed that he still has the charsima of youngsters in him.

Earlier after being invited to bat first Multan Sultans rode on some fine efforts from Khushdil Shah (44*) and Rillee Rossouw (44) to post 176-5 in the allotted 20 overs.

After losing Rehmanullah Gurbaz (3) in the first over Sohaib Maqsood played a fantastic knock of 14-ball 31 to set the foundation for the batsmen to come.

Sohaib, who was dislodged by Waqas Maqsood, was seen in dangerous mood as he hit Imad Wasim for three fours and one towering six in the third over which fetched 21 runs to set a perfect momentum.

Rillee Roussouw was also on song and he played a few superb strokes, having smashed seven fours in his 24-ball knock.

He added 68 runs off 39 balls for the third wicket stand with skipper Mohammad Rizwan, who got run out for a 23-ball 29. Both Rossouw and Rizwan fell in the same over. However it was the sixth wicket32-ball 48 runs unbroken stand between Khushdil and Sohail Tanvir which took Multan to a very good total in a tricky track.

Khushdil hit Mohammad Amir (0-42 in 4) for two fours and a six and Sohail Tanvir also hit him for a four which brought in 19 runs.

Khushdil hammered two sixes and three fours in his 32-ball quick unfinished feat.

Sohail made a run-a-ball 14 not out, striking one four. Multan were 107-2 in ten overs, 130-5 in 15 overs and they brought in 46 in the last five overs which boosted their total.

Sri Lankan pacer Tisara Perera (2-12 in 3 overs) bowled really well, taking the wickets of Rossouw and Shimron Hetmyer (7).

Imad Wasim (1-34) and Waqas Maqsood (1-33) were the other sucessful bowlers.

Defending the total Multan got an early breakthrough when they ran Sharjeel Khan (4) out after the left-hander had faced only six balls.

However it was Babar Azam who remained as the sole actor for Karachi Kings. Babar added 43 runs for the second wicket with Martin Guptill who fell to leggie Imran Tahir for a 16-ball 11.

Imran Tahir then further put pressure in Kings when he had the prized scalp of Afghanistan’s Najeebullah Zadran who was trapped lbw by scoring 11 off six balls.

Babar and Chadwick then made some glorious effort in the end but failed to make their team home as they lost a few quick wickets in the end and were restricted to 164-7.