PSL 9 points table after Multan Sultans beat Islamabad United

Mohammad Rizwan's side have four points with an NRR of 1.435

By Web Desk
February 20, 2024
The match was played at Multan Cricket Stadium. - PSL

Multan Sultans have secured a victory over Islamabad United by five wickets in the fifth match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season nine at the Multan Cricket Stadium.

In the pursuit of 145 runs, Sultans achieved the total on the fifth ball of the 20th over to cruise to the top of the points table after two consecutive wins.

Mohammad Rizwan's side have four points with an NRR of 1.435. Quetta Gladiators are placed at second with an NRR of 0.635.

Islamabad United are in third with one win and a loss. Karachi Kings are at the bottom of the points table.

PSL9 points table. - ESPNCricinfo

It must be noted that South Africa's Reeza Hendricks continued his impressive form, contributing a crucial 58-run innings off 46 balls for Sultans.

Rizwan provided a strong start in the chase after the dismissal of Dawid Malan (0). The 31-year-old scored a brisk 43 off 33 balls, featuring six fours and two sixes.

Naseem Shah, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, and Tymal Mills each took a wicket for Islamabad United.

Earlier, Mohammad Ali and Abbas Afridi impressed with three wickets each as they restricted Islamabad United to 144.

Agha Salman and Jordan Cox formed a resilient partnership, recovering from early setbacks to add 68 runs in 48 balls. Cox contributed significantly with 41 off 28 balls, including two boundaries and two sixes, before getting dismissed lbw by Usama Mir attempting a switch hit.

Salman top-scored with a steady innings of 52 off 43, featuring three boundaries and two sixes.

In the last over bowled by Mohammad Ali, the final three wickets fell, with Naseem Shah getting run out on the last ball, concluding Islamabad United’s innings at 144.

Afridi and Ali ended with bowling figures of 3-29 and 3-19, respectively, while Mir claimed two wickets.