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Multan Sultans recover from horror start, set Quetta 153-run target – Sport

The Quetta Gladiators are 62/2 after 10 overs as they chase the 153-run target set against them by the Multan Sultans, the high-flying newcomers who currently sit atop the PSL 2018 points table with nine points to their name.

The Gladiators made a solid start, with Asad Shafiq and Shane Watson completing a 48-run stand.

Gladiators, who were 38/0 at the end of the fifth over, lost their first wicket when Umar Gul sent Shane Watson back to the pavilion in the seventh over.

Gul struck back for his second wicket in two overs, dismissing Shafiq in the ninth over.

The Sultans had recovered from a rocky start to finish with 152 runs in the 17th fixture of the Pakistan Super League being played at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, thanks to captain Shoaib Malik’s impressive 65-run contribution.

Kumar Sangakkara and Ahmed Shehzad opened the batting for the Sultans, whereas Mohammad Nawaz and Anwar Ali shared the new ball for Gladiators.

The Sultans suffered an unlucky start to their innings as the Sri Lankan legend Sangakkara was dismissed by Nawaz on the first ball he faced.

They had yet to recover from the shocking loss when, five balls into the second over, Shahzad was sent packing by Anwar Ali.

Multan had managed 30 runs at the end of five overs, to which Sohaib Maqsood and Tanvir contributed with a six each.

It was then Shane Watson’s turn to strike and he dismissed Sohail Tanvir with an inswinging delivery before the end of the seventh over.

The wickets spree seemed to have halted then as the Sultans took their total to 61 at the end of 10 overs.

Sohaib Maqsood then left for the pavilion after he was removed by a Ben Laughlin delivery in the 13th over.

The Sultans were 95/4 after 15 overs as skipper Shoaib Malik started to gain a firm grip on the match. They lost their fifth wicket in the 18th over, as Ross Whiteley was dismissed by Rahat Ali.

Thanks to a 43-ball 65 by Malik, the Sultans ended up setting a target of 153 runs for the Gladiators to triumph.

The Gladiators had won the toss and opted to bowl first against the Sultans.

The Gladiators have made three changes in their squad, replacing Mahmudullah, Umar Amin and John Hastings with Kevin Pietersen, Asad Shafiq and Ben Laughlin.

Meanwhile, the Sultans have brought in Umar Gul and Ross Whiteley to replace Junaid Khan and Darren Bravo.


Quetta: Shane Watson, Asad Shafiq, Rilee Rossouw, Kevin Pietersen, Rameez Raja, Sarfraz Ahmed(capt&wk), Mohammad Nawaz, Anwar Ali, Ben Laughlin, Hasan Khan, Rahat Ali

Multan: Kumar Sangakkara(wk), Ahmed Shehzad, Sohaib Maqsood, Shoaib Malik(capt), Kieron Pollard, Ross Whiteley, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Irfan, Imran Tahir, Umar Gul, Saif Badar

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