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Kings vs Sultans, 1st Match at Karachi, PSL, Jan 27 2022 - Ball by Ball Commentary

RESULT
1st Match (N), Karachi, January 27, 2022, Pakistan Super League
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(18.2/20 ov, T:125) 126/3

Sultans won by 7 wickets (with 10 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
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imran-tahir
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That's that from ESPNcricinfo's live coverage of the opening game of PSL 2022. We hope you enjoyed our watch and don't forget to tune in again tomorrow. From Raghav, Momin, and Binoy, goodbye and goodnight!

Imran Tahir is the Player of the Match. "I didn't expect the pitch to take turn tonight. In the previous edition there were heaps of runs scored at this venue so it was nice to see that it slightly on a slower side."

We'll have the presentations in a short while.

Qaiser Abbas: "Heartiest congratulations to Pakistan as PSL is underway. A good start for MS as well!"

Faizan Ahmed: "So Rizwan started 2022 right from where he ended 2021. Welcome fifty."

Multan Sultans open their PSL 2022 account with a fairly comprehensible seven-wicket victory. They started sluggishly much like their opposition. But the skipper, Mohammad Rizwan, kept his cool, anchored the innings and saw his side home. Shan Masood and Sohaib Maqsood played decent supporting roles to ensure that runs were never an issue for the defending champions. Karachi Kings' pacers failed to strike up-front and while Nabi tied things down in the latter half of the run-chase, they never had enough runs on the board in the first place to really trouble the men in blue. So, the Sultans draw first blood in this year's edition, an ideal beginning to their title-defense.

18.2
6
M Nabi to David, SIX runs

Belted over deep midwicket to seal it for the Sultans! Short and drifting into his pads, Tim stands tall and tonks it high and handsome over the leg-side

18.1
1
M Nabi to Rizwan, 1 run

Punched down to long-on

The Sultans one hit away now

end of over 188 runs
MS: 119/3CRR: 6.61 RRR: 3.00 • Need 6 runs from 12b
Mohammad Rizwan51 (46b 5x4 1x6)
Tim David6 (9b)
Mohammad Imran 3-0-30-0
Mohammad Nabi 3-0-10-2
17.6
1
Mohammad Imran to Rizwan, 1 run

Good yorker-execution, just outside off, dug out by the skipper

17.5
4
Mohammad Imran to Rizwan, FOUR runs

Smoked over extra-cover! Pitched up by Imran, Rizwan shuffles away, opens the face of his bat and expertly lofts it over the off-side, no one stationed there

17.4
1
Mohammad Imran to David, 1 run

Lovely slower delivery, pitching on middle and leg, Tim is once again quite early into his defensive prod as it balloons up into the off-side but lands on an empty real estate

17.3
1
Mohammad Imran to Rizwan, 1 run

Overpitched, wide outside off, Rizwan does well to extend his reach and dig it out

The Sultans finding it hard to close it out quickly

17.2
1
Mohammad Imran to David, 1 run

Back of a length, just outside off, carved away towards deep point

17.1
Mohammad Imran to David, no run

Serves up a low full-toss first-up, the batsman has an almighty thrash on it but fails to get any bat on the ball

Hasan: "Poor captaincy from Babar. Taha has been leaking runs and you have Nabi so there was really no reason to keep giving him overs. Also how has Ilyas only bowled one over so far?"

M Imran back into the attack

end of over 172 runs
MS: 111/3CRR: 6.52 RRR: 4.66 • Need 14 runs from 18b
Tim David4 (6b)
Mohammad Rizwan45 (43b 4x4 1x6)
Mohammad Nabi 3-0-10-2
Mohammad Taha 4-0-32-0
16.6
1
M Nabi to David, 1 run

Driven down to long-on

16.5
M Nabi to David, no run

Pushed through quickly and Tim is slightly early on his back-foot defense, it balloons up into the on-side and just lands in front of Babar positioned at short midwicket

16.4
1
M Nabi to Rizwan, 1 run

Shuffles across and softly punches it in front of the short midwicket fielder

16.3
M Nabi to Rizwan, no run

Drifting in with the angle, flipped across the line

16.2
M Nabi to Rizwan, no run

Short of a length, nudged into the leg-side

16.1
M Nabi to Rizwan, no run

Pushed through by Nabi, Rizwan leans back and looks to work it on the on-side but gets thudded on his back-pad instead. Loud appeal from the bowler and the wicket-keeper but Richard Illingworth is unmoved. Babar decides to go upstairs yet again. It's pitching in-line but the impact is umpire's call so Rizwan survives! Looked pretty adjacent to the naked eye, to be fair.

end of over 165 runs
MS: 109/3CRR: 6.81 RRR: 4.00 • Need 16 runs from 24b
Mohammad Rizwan44 (39b 4x4 1x6)
Tim David3 (4b)
Mohammad Taha 4-0-32-0
Mohammad Nabi 2-0-8-2
15.6
1
Mohammad Taha to Rizwan, 1 run

Shuffles across to this tossed up delivery and sweeps aerially; the backward square leg fielder runs across to his left to gobble it but fails to keep hold of it

15.5
1
Mohammad Taha to David, 1 run

Pushed through quicker, thrashed through the off-side for just one

15.4
1
Mohammad Taha to Rizwan, 1 run

In-dart, clipped sweetly towards wide long-on

15.3
Mohammad Taha to Rizwan, no run

Short and wide again, hangs back and cracks it to short cover

15.2
1
Mohammad Taha to David, 1 run

Shortish, outside off, looks to carve it away but gets a thick bottom-edge that goes past the wicket-keeper

15.1
Mohammad Taha to David, no run

Floated up on middle and leg, blocked down the ground

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