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Gladiators vs Sultans, 3rd Match at Multan, PSL 2023, Feb 15 2023 - Ball by Ball Commentary

RESULT
3rd Match (N), Multan, February 15, 2023, Pakistan Super League
(13.3/20 ov, T:111) 111/1

Sultans won by 9 wickets (with 39 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
5/12
ihsanullah
Cricinfo's MVP
109.81 ptsImpact List
ihsanullah
New
MS
Full commentary

9:40pm Right. That will be that from us for tonight. Do join us tomorrow as the Karachi Kings take on Islamabad United. Until next time, this is me (Shashwat) signing off on behalf of Binoy George and everyone else at ESPNcricinfo! Goodbye, goodnight and take care!

Mohammad Rizwan, Multan Sultans captain: (On the pitch) A win is a win and a team is very happy when they achieve it. The way we planned, we bowled exactly in that manner. You try to assess the conditions. They had three pacers and two off-spinners. We did not have to be rash today. The way Rossouw started and finished was brilliant. Dahani will be a big miss. Our bowlers are inexperienced but if they can bowl this way, they can make a name for themselves.

Ihsanullah, Player of the Match: I gave a good performance today and I have to give credit to Rizwan bhai. Today the ball was zipping through on the wicket and I tried bowling where the coaches told me to. I want to dedicate this award to my parents.

Sarfaraz Ahmed, Quetta Gladiators captain: We could not start well. In the first 10 overs, we could not get going. We should give credit to the way they bowled. Hopefully we can bounce back in the matches that remain. We have plenty of pace (in the bowling attack) but if we don't bowl in the right areas, we will not be able to pick wickets.

9:18pm Well, that was a pretty one-sided contest in the end. The Gladiators got off to a good start, with Thushara sending Masood back early. But once Rossouw established himself at the crease, it was one-way traffic. He was superb against pace and spin, being particularly severe on Thushara in the powerplay. Rizwan did his bit at the other end and while he was not as extravagant as his partner, he ensured that he kept things ticking. Having chased this target down inside 14 overs, the Sultans' NRR would get a boost too - something that could hold them in good stead moving forward.

As for the Gladiators, well, they would want to forget this game as quickly as possible. Their batting unit was blown away by Ihsanullah's searing pace, and their bowlers did not look very penetrative either. The only good thing for them is that such a performance has come right at the start of the tournament, and they have more than enough time to rectify whatever went wrong tonight.

Rilee Rossouw: I have been playing so much cricket so this was just another game. I am feeling pretty alright. (On batting here in Multan) It is fantastic to be back here and playing in front of a crowd. Everyone loves this franchise and everyone plays from the heart. The way we treat each other is with a lot of respect and we enjoy playing.

13.3
6
Nawaz to Rossouw, SIX runs

that will be that! Tossed up into the slot on middle and leg stump. Rossouw dances down the track, gets to the pitch of the ball and pumps it over the bowler's head!

13.2
6
Nawaz to Rossouw, SIX runs

clears the fence! Full and fired down the leg side. Rossouw uses the pace on offer and clubs it over deep backward square leg

13.1
3
Nawaz to Rizwan, 3 runs

full delivery on leg stump. Rizwan places it perfectly on the leg side and gets across for a brace. The fielder then fires an errant throw and allows the third run

end of over 135 runs
MS: 96/1CRR: 7.38 RRR: 2.14 • Need 15 runs from 42b
Mohammad Rizwan25 (33b 2x4)
Rilee Rossouw66 (40b 9x4 1x6)
Iftikhar Ahmed 2-0-10-0
Mohammad Hasnain 3-0-29-0
12.6
1
Iftikhar to Rizwan, 1 run

full delivery on off stump. Rizwan comes forward and flicks it down the ground for another single

12.5
2
Iftikhar to Rizwan, 2 runs

length delivery on off stump. Rizwan gets down on one knee and sweeps it towards deep backward square leg. He calls two very early and makes it back, courtesy of a sprawling dive

12.4
Iftikhar to Rizwan, no run

is there a nick? The umpire thinks so, and gives it out! Rizwan, though, does not and he goes upstairs! Length delivery on middle and off stump. Rizwan tries the cute reverse paddle but is not quite to the pitch of the ball, meaning that he can't get the purchase he desires. In fact, replays confirm that the ball is nowhere close to the bat. Rizwan survives!

12.3
1
Iftikhar to Rossouw, 1 run

length delivery just outside off stump. Rossouw takes a step down the track and knocks it towards long on for one

12.2
Iftikhar to Rossouw, no run

full delivery on off stump. Rossouw lunges forward and defends it back to the bowler

12.1
1
Iftikhar to Rizwan, 1 run

length delivery on leg stump. Rizwan works it off his pads and picks up another single

Iftikhar to continue

end of over 1216 runs
MS: 91/1CRR: 7.58 RRR: 2.50 • Need 20 runs from 48b
Rilee Rossouw65 (38b 9x4 1x6)
Mohammad Rizwan21 (29b 2x4)
Mohammad Hasnain 3-0-29-0
Iftikhar Ahmed 1-0-5-0
11.6
Mohammad Hasnain to Rossouw, no run

back of a length delivery outside leg stump that skids through. Rossouw has a swipe at it but is beaten for pace

11.5
4
Mohammad Hasnain to Rossouw, FOUR runs

four more! Length delivery on middle and leg stump. Rossouw gets inside the line of the ball and shovels it just past deep backward square leg

11.4
4
Mohammad Hasnain to Rossouw, FOUR runs

shot! Length delivery just outside off stump. Rossouw stands up tall and disdainfully smashes it past mid off for four

11.3
1lb
Mohammad Hasnain to Rizwan, 1 leg bye

back of a length delivery on off stump. Rizwan plays all over it as the ball pings into the thigh pad. Rossouw, though, is alert and quick enough to sneak in a single

11.2
1
Mohammad Hasnain to Rossouw, 1 run

low full toss on leg stump. Rossouw flicks it away towards deep square leg and collects another run

11.1
6
Mohammad Hasnain to Rossouw, SIX runs

clean as a whistle! In the slot on middle and leg stump. Rossouw clears his front leg and smears it over wide long on

The game seems to be in the bag for the Sultans. Should they try and finish this off as quickly as possible, giving their NRR a massive boost right at the start of the tournament?

end of over 115 runs
MS: 75/1CRR: 6.81 RRR: 4.00 • Need 36 runs from 54b
Mohammad Rizwan21 (28b 2x4)
Rilee Rossouw50 (33b 7x4)
Iftikhar Ahmed 1-0-5-0
Mohammad Hasnain 2-0-14-0
10.6
Iftikhar to Rizwan, no run

full delivery on middle and leg stump. Rizwan gets down on one knee and sweeps it straight to short fine leg

10.5
1
Iftikhar to Rossouw, 1 run

length delivery on off stump. Rossouw turns it into the leg side and gets to his fifty, off just 33 balls!

10.4
1
Iftikhar to Rizwan, 1 run

back of a length delivery on off stump. Rizwan goes back and works it into the leg side for another easy single

10.3
1
Iftikhar to Rossouw, 1 run

full delivery outside off stump. Rossouw presses forward and pushes it down the ground for one

10.2
2
Iftikhar to Rossouw, 2 runs

angled into off stump. Rossouw comes forward and nurdles it perfectly between deep mid wicket and long on for a couple of runs

10.1
Iftikhar to Rossouw, no run

length delivery just outside off stump. Rossouw defends it towards extra cover

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