Player of the Match
Player of the Match

So, that's that as far as tonight's game goes. Hope you enjoyed our coverage as much as we did bringing it to you. Until next time, it's goodbye from Shashank Kishore and Sreshth Shah. Cheers!

A smiling Misbah at the presentation. "We want to keep doing the basics well under pressure," he says. "Overall, it was a very good performance. It's good to see the players achieve targets given to them. We've got a lot of momentum, lot of energy. It's important to continue this. We can't allow the momentum to switch."

Luke Ronchi is the Man of the Match for his blistering half-century

"As long as we win," he laughs, when asked about the 9000 USD cash prize over the last two games. "I lose my shape when I start slogging, so I try and react to deliveries. I'm still enjoying it. We've been playing some good cricket, consistent cricket. Hopefully we can continue that."

Shoaib Malik: It's tough for all of us and support staff (to sit and wait for results). If we lose, there are a lot of questions to answer. When we keep making mistakes after mistakes, there is bound to be anger. Tom Moody and Wasim Akram (coach and mentor) have also had such situations in their careers. It's about thinking calmly.

As things stand, Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators are through. Multan will be out if Peshawar Zalmi win both their games.

11.50pm Luke Ronchi and Alex Hales played a stellar role in propelling Islamabad United to 185. The bowlers, led by Samit Patel and Faheem Ashraf diffused Multan Sultans' batting line-up to help cruise, only to suddenly be woken up by Pollard's blaze. But even that wasn't quite enough at the end. Multan have completed their quota of matches and now need a couple of results going their way should they have a chance of qualifying.

19.1
W
Amad Butt to Mohammad Irfan, OUT, right into the blockhole and the middle pole takes a walk as he swings and misses. Islamabad United are through to the playoffs

Mohammad Irfan b Amad Butt 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

END OF OVER:
19 | 8 Runs 1 Wkt | MS: 152/9 (34 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 8.00, RRR: 34.00)

  • Imran Tahir7 (4b)
  • Mohammad Irfan0 (0b)
  • Faheem Ashraf4-1-27-2
  • Mohammad Sami4-0-26-1
18.6
4
Faheem Ashraf to Imran Tahir, FOUR runs, backs away and slices this lofted hit to the point boundary, brings up the 150 for Multan
18.5
W
Faheem Ashraf to Umar Gul, OUT, mistimed slog that is easily taken at deep midwicket. It's falling apart now. Gul got this low on the bat as he swung through

Umar Gul c Asif Ali b Faheem Ashraf 10 (6b 0x4 1x6) SR: 166.66

18.4
1
Faheem Ashraf to Imran Tahir, 1 run, drags this lofted hit down to long-on
18.3
1
Faheem Ashraf to Umar Gul, 1 run, yorker length on middle, squeezed towards the man coming in from deep midwicket
18.2
1
Faheem Ashraf to Imran Tahir, 1 run,
18.1
1
Faheem Ashraf to Umar Gul, 1 run, looks to carve this over cover but can only hit this towards the man at the edge of the ring at cover

END OF OVER:
18 | 6 Runs 1 Wkt | MS: 144/8 (42 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 8.00, RRR: 21.00)

  • Umar Gul8 (3b)
  • Imran Tahir1 (1b)
  • Mohammad Sami4-0-26-1
  • Amad Butt3-0-30-1
17.6
1
Mohammad Sami to Umar Gul, 1 run, belts this low full toss down to long-on
17.5
1
Mohammad Sami to Imran Tahir, 1 run, follows Tahir with a yorker as he backs away, squeezed to mid-off
17.4
W
Mohammad Sami to Pollard, OUT, flicked straight to Hales at deep square leg. Sami went full and straight on leg stump, Pollard didn't get enough power or elevation. Is that the end now for Multan? Islamabad can breathe

KA Pollard c Hales b Mohammad Sami 73 (47b 5x4 6x6) SR: 155.31

17.3
2
Mohammad Sami to Pollard, 2 runs, strong bottom-handed whip to deep square, Sami misses a throw on the bounce as he tries to whip the bails off at the bowler's end. Gul would've been out by miles.
17.2
1
Mohammad Sami to Umar Gul, 1 run, snakes in a yorker on the pads, tucked to deep square leg

Shanawar : "Exactly the same situation which made pollard famous many years ago." -- Oh, yeah. The Champions League final between Trinidad & Tobago v New South Wales Blues. 2009, Hyderabad. Stunning game.

17.1
1lb
Mohammad Sami to Pollard, 1 leg bye, drilled down to long-off

END OF OVER:
17 | 19 Runs | MS: 138/7 (48 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 8.11, RRR: 16.00)

  • Umar Gul6 (1b)
  • KA Pollard71 (44b)
  • Amad Butt3-0-30-1
  • Mohammad Sami3-0-21-0
16.6
6
Amad Butt to Umar Gul, SIX runs, he's walloped this to Abu Dhabi or what? Too short on off stump, Gul flat-bats this over long-on. Absolutely clobbered that. Wow, he's not lost any of that hitting ability. Game on still?
16.5
1lb
Amad Butt to Pollard, 1 leg bye, slower delivery, shorter in length. Pollard hit on the helmet as he misses this attempted pull. Through with the stroke early
16.4
6
Amad Butt to Pollard, SIX runs, swats this full toss from way outside off to the wide long-on fence again. This is a friendly full toss at that, no pace and enough time to swing that away
16.3
6
Amad Butt to Pollard, SIX runs, launched over long-on. Erred in length, this was a low full toss that Pollard swung through cleanly like he would at a golf course.
16.2
0
Amad Butt to Pollard, no run, right into the blockhole again, dug out to the cover region
16.1
0
Amad Butt to Pollard, no run, can't get underneath this yorker-length delivery, squeezed to mid-off

Sultans 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st2KC SangakkaraAhmed Shehzad
2nd0Ahmed ShehzadSaif Badar
3rd18Sohaib MaqsoodAhmed Shehzad
4th0Shoaib MalikSohaib Maqsood
5th30Shoaib MalikKA Pollard
6th40KA PollardRA Whiteley
7th28Sohail TanvirKA Pollard
8th24Umar GulKA Pollard
9th6Imran TahirUmar Gul
10th4Imran TahirMohammad Irfan

Pakistan Super League

TEAMMWLPTNRR
IU1073140.296
KK1054110.028
PZ1055100.464
QG1055100.312
MS10459-0.191
LQ10376-0.931