top-edges this slog, straight to cover. Two in two for Muzarabani and Multan Sultans are through to the PSL final. . What an incredible turnaround
Don't go too far away. The PSL Eliminator-1 is coming up. Zalmi taking on the Kings. The winner plays Islamabad United in a virtual semi-final. The loser goes home. It's all to play for.
9.15pm Dead and buried when the tournament resumed, Multan Sultans needed to win almost everything to make the playoffs. They not just made the playoffs, but secured a top-two finish. And here they are, one win away from their maiden PSL title. What magical scenes in Abu Dhabi. The entire team is ecstatic!
Islamabad United will rue their penultimate over that went for 29. That was momentum changing in so many ways. A target of 160 would've been much different to the 181 they were eventually faced with. Usman Khawaja attempted a heist despite the top-order collapsing, but with little support from the others, it was a task too steep. Islamabad United still have a second crack at the final. They'll meet the winners of Peshawar Zalmi and Karachi Kings.
Mohammad Rizwan, the Multan Sultans captain: "Pressure was on both teams, but we made a conscious decision to remain calm and take it easy. It helped in the performance. The important thing was getting momentum towards the end. Maqsood carried it and Khushdil finished it off. That helped the bowlers. The rest we get now is a good thing, the humidity and heat has taken its toll. We'll work hard between now and the final."
Sohail Tanvir is the Player of the Match for his 3 for 17. "The slower deliveries were sticking onto the pitch, so the talk was to bring in a lot of variations. Early wickets helped since Munro is an in-form batsman. The plans we made worked, so credit to the bowling unit for utilising the conditions.
that is a magnificent catch! Charles missed one earlier in the evening but more than makes up for it. This was a low full toss, hit really well by Faheem. Yet, Charles has a long way to run in from the rope, and not just that, he has to put in a full-length dive too just to stand a chance. And boy, he does that superbly.
drills this yorker-length ball to cover
beaten by a skiddy short ball, they'll scamper through for a bye
goes full and wide, yorker-length, Faheem looks to scoop, then tries to change his shot last moment to ramp over short third. Misses both in the end
full toss wide outside off, it was dipping as well, sliced to square third man
Ashraf at No. 10. Now, United need a miracle to win from here. It's not entirely out of the realms of possibility. Here's Muzarabani. Can he redeem himself?
goes way outside off to scoop, but this is a yorker, a toe-crusher. He's hit flush on the boot but impact was in line as replays confirm. So the decision to take the DRS has gone in their favour.
not pretty but it's a boundary. Dug in short, Wasim walks across and scoops it over the keeper's head. Wow, he's certainly got steaks of adventure about him. There's life yet
39 off 14
squeezes this low full toss to deep point
on the pads, flicked to deep square leg
another short ball, another premeditated pull, beaten again
beaten on the pull by this slower one
Camper: "That one Akif over at the end is more and more looking like THE crucial difference."
attempts a yorker but slips it down leg
sliced over the infield, two bounces to the third man boundary. Too much width from Dahani and Talat went hard at that. Opened the bat face slightly to pick his spot. Excellent batting.
off the pad to the leg side, attempted the scoop once again
how innovative! Brendon McCullum would be proud of that. Walks across, falls over as he makes contact with that scoop but gets enough bat on it to clear short fine
slaps this short of length delivery to sweeper cover
pulled down to deep square leg
beaten by an excellent short ball angling away. He looked to pull even before the ball arrived
goes over the infield but has found long-off where Rossouw takes an excellent catch by taking a couple of steps back. Tahir is unstoppable!
|Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi|
|Toss||Multan Sultans, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||Multan Sultans advanced|
|Match days||21 June 2021 - daynight (20-over match)|