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25th Match (N), Sharjah, Mar 13 2018, Pakistan Super League
(19.1/20 ov, target 186)152
United won by 33 runs
player of the match
Luke Ronchi
Islamabad United
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• The Report by Danyal Rasool

Ronchi, Hales make merry as Islamabad secure playoff spot

Kieron Pollard's fighting 73 was not good enough as Multan finished their league campaign with a loss

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Scorecard summary
Islamabad United185/4(20 overs)
Luke Ronchi58 (36)
Alex Hales46 (33)
Umar Gul2/26(4)
Multan Sultans152/10(19.1 overs)

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 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
end of over 198 runs • 1 wicket
MS: 152/9CRR: 8.00 RRR: 34.00 • Need 34 from 6b
Imran Tahir7 (4)
Mohammad Irfan0 (0)
Faheem Ashraf4-1-27-2
Mohammad Sami4-0-26-1
18.6
4
Faheem to Tahir, FOUR runs

backs away and slices this lofted hit to the point boundary, brings up the 150 for Multan

18.5
W
Faheem 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 to Tahir, 1 run

drags this lofted hit down to long-on

18.3
1
Faheem to Umar Gul, 1 run

yorker length on middle, squeezed towards the man coming in from deep midwicket

18.2
1
Faheem to Tahir, 1 run
18.1
1
Faheem 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 186 runs • 1 wicket
MS: 144/8CRR: 8.00 RRR: 21.00 • Need 42 from 12b
Umar Gul8 (3)
Imran Tahir1 (1)
Mohammad Sami4-0-26-1
Amad Butt3-0-30-1
17.6
1
Sami to Umar Gul, 1 run

belts this low full toss down to long-on

17.5
1
Sami to Tahir, 1 run

follows Tahir with a yorker as he backs away, squeezed to mid-off

17.4
W
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

Kieron Pollard c Hales b Mohammad Sami 73 (47b 5x4 6x6) SR: 155.31
17.3
2
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
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
Sami to Pollard, 1 leg bye

drilled down to long-off

end of over 1719 runs
MS: 138/7CRR: 8.11 RRR: 16.00 • Need 48 from 18b
Umar Gul6 (1)
Kieron Pollard71 (44)
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
Amad Butt to Pollard, no run

right into the blockhole again, dug out to the cover region

16.1
Amad Butt to Pollard, no run

can't get underneath this yorker-length delivery, squeezed to mid-off

end of over 1614 runs • 1 wicket
MS: 119/7CRR: 7.43 RRR: 16.75 • Need 67 from 24b
Kieron Pollard59 (39)
Umar Gul0 (0)
Mohammad Sami3-0-21-0
Faheem Ashraf3-1-19-1
15.6
1
Sami to Pollard, 1 run

right into the blockhole, flicked to deep midwicket

Best performances - batters
Kieron Pollard
KA Pollard MS
73 runs (47)
5 fours
6 sixes
Control78%
Productive shot
off drive
22 runs
2 fours
2 sixes
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Luke Ronchi portrait
L Ronchi IU
58 runs (36)
6 fours
3 sixes
Control61%
Productive shot
cut shot
18 runs
3 fours
1 six
80110331418
Best performances - bowlers
Samit Patel portrait
SR Patel IU
O
2
M
0
R
11
W
2
ECO
5.5
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Umar Gul portrait
Umar Gul MS
O
4
M
0
R
26
W
2
ECO
6.5
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Sharjah Cricket Stadium
TossMultan Sultans, elected to field first
SeriesPakistan Super League
Season2017/18
Player Of The Match
Luke Ronchi
Luke Ronchi
Match days13 March 2018 - night(20-over match)
Umpires
Pakistan Image
Aleem Dar
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Rashid Riaz
TV Umpire
Pakistan Image
Ahmed Shahab
Reserve Umpire
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Khalid Mahmood
Match Referee
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Mohammed Anees
PointsIslamabad United 2, Multan Sultans 0