Multan Sultans' have registered their fourth straight win in this year's Pakistan Super League (PSL) after beating Islamabad United by 20 runs in a high scoring thriller with Shadab Khan's brilliant 91run knock going in vain at the National Stadium Karachi.
Chasing a mammoth 218, United openers did not play a big innings, but it was Shadab who showed his true individual brilliance with a blistering 91-run innings off just 42 balls with nine sixes and five fours. It was his former teammate Rumman Raees who removed the United captain in the 18th over ending all hopes of Islamabad's chase.
Though all the Sultans' bowlers were smashed, Khushdil Shah picked four wickets and David Willey picked three to dent United's chase.
Batting first, Sultans' posted a mammoth 217-run total on the board for the loss of five wickets in 20 overs courtesy Tim David and Rilee Rossouw's sensational half-centuries.
David played a blistering inning of 71 runs in just 29 balls with six fours and six towering sixes, while Russouw remained not out after notching 67 runs off just 35 balls with six sixes as they forged a brilliant 110 run partnership before David was dismissed in the 18th over.
Shan Masood played a 43-run knock of 31 balls, while Mohammad Rizwan scored 12 and Sohaib Maqsood scored 13.
Hasan Ali was the most expensive bowler for United with figures of 1-52 in four overs, other than Shadab Khan all the bowlers were taken to the cleaners.
It should be noted that the United skipper Shadab Khan won the toss and elected to field first in his team's second match against the in-form Multan.
Islamabad United: Alex Hales, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Paul Stirling, Mubasir Khan, Shadab Khan (c), Asif Ali, Azam Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Marchant de Lange
Multan Sultans: Shan Masood, Mohammad Rizwan (wk, c) Sohaib Maqsood, Rilee Rossouw, Khushdil, Shah Tim, David, David Willey, Anwar Ali, Abbas Afridi, Imran Tahir, Rumman Raees
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