right into the blockhole and the middle pole takes a walk as he swings and misses. Islamabad United are through to the playoffs
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.
backs away and slices this lofted hit to the point boundary, brings up the 150 for Multan
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
drags this lofted hit down to long-on
yorker length on middle, squeezed towards the man coming in from deep midwicket
looks to carve this over cover but can only hit this towards the man at the edge of the ring at cover
belts this low full toss down to long-on
follows Tahir with a yorker as he backs away, squeezed to mid-off
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
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.
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.
drilled down to long-off
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?
slower delivery, shorter in length. Pollard hit on the helmet as he misses this attempted pull. Through with the stroke early
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
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.
right into the blockhole again, dug out to the cover region
can't get underneath this yorker-length delivery, squeezed to mid-off
right into the blockhole, flicked to deep midwicket