Multan restrict Islamabad to 125


DUBAI: Fast bowler Junaid Khan, Ali Shafiq and leg spinner Shahid Afridi took two wickets each to restrict Islamabad United to mere 125 with seven wickets loss in the first fixture at the Dubai International Stadium on Saturday.
Except for opener Luke Ronchi, who scored 51 off 33 balls, not a single United batsman in the opening and middle order, was able to generate the required momentum.
Tailenders Samit Patel and Faheem Ashraf with their 29-run partnership dragged the score to 125.
After depositing a victory in their opening match of the fourth edition of Pakistan Super League, defending champions Islamabad United are facing Multan Sultans.
United, the champions of 2016 and 2018, came from behind to beat a new-look Lahore Qalandars by five wickets on Thursday, chasing down 172 with four balls remaining.
The Mohammad Sami-led side have been boosted by the return to form of bowling all-rounder Faheem Ashraf, who was awarded Player of the Match for his two wickets for 24 and an 11-ball 23 not out that helped Islamabad in the chase. Asif Ali is also back in form, with 36 not out from 19 balls against Qalandars, while Waqas Maqsood also caught the eye with his economical one for 25 at an economy of 6.25.
On the other hand, Multan will come into the game looking for their first victory of the tournament, having lost their opening match to Karachi Kings by seven runs.
Sultans will be looking for inspiration in captain Shoaib Malik who scored a quick 24-ball 50 but could not save his team from defeat,
Bowler Chris Green will once again be on the radar after picking up three for 32 the best of all the Sultans bowlers on Friday night. However, they will be looking for much-improved bowling display with the likes of Junaid Khan and Mohammad Ilyas who both went for 10 and 11 runs per over respectively.


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