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21st Match (N), Abu Dhabi, June 13, 2021, Pakistan Super League
(16.3/20 ov, T:167) 167/2

Sultans won by 8 wickets (with 21 balls remaining)

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Rizwan still feels there are areas of improvement, especially in the field, but he's very happy with the performance. "The pitch was quite good and the ball was coming on to the bat. We thought even if we took the game deep, we could get the runs required. But we were going along nicely and it was a relief to finish it off sooner.

Dhani is the Player of the Match, and why not? "There was lots of dew, and Azhar Mehmood told us to keep that in mind when I bowled. I rushed through the first over, but I knew whenever the momentum swings, things can go your way very quickly. The captain kept encouraging me and that paid off."

Dhani dedicates this win to "the big fellow" Carlos Brathwaite. What a sweet, fun chap he is, couldn't happen to a nicer guy, all this.

1.55pm What a chase from the Multan Sultans. At no stage did they show any kind of nerves. Their approach crystal clear: take the aggressive route and tear down the target without giving the opposition a sniff. Maqsood and Rizwan were terrific in their second-wicket stand that did a bulk of the legwork. As brilliant as the two were, I reckon the Player of the Match could be Shahnawaz Dhani, who took 4 for 31 earlier in the night.

Zalmi captain Wahab Riaz: "We didn't execute well, the bowlers tried too hard. Batting-wise, we were 10-15 short. Dew affected us, but can't take away anything from Rizwan and Maqsood. If we bowled better, we could've defended it. Today was just a bad day at the office, we need to forget this and move on swiftly to the Karachi Kings game."

Mohammad Imran to Rizwan, SIX runs

thanks for coming, goodbye and goodnight says Rizwan! This is a length ball outside leg, Rizwan simply flicks this superbly to clear fine leg. Sails into the stands and Sultans with their second game in a row.

Mohammad Imran to Maqsood, OUT

the party is over, but what entertainment we've had! It went miles in the air, courtesy this top-edge with Maqsood going for successive sixes, Umaid Asif at fine leg kept his eyes on the ball, was fully certain of going with the reverse cup and pulled it off. The coaching staff led by Andy Flower and Azhar Mahmood applaud a fine, fine knock.

Sohaib Maqsood c Umaid Asif b Mohammad Imran 61 (31b 4x4 5x6 ) SR: 196.77
Mohammad Imran to Maqsood, SIX runs

free flow of the arms, terrific backswing as he clears long-off. Slower length ball, he backed away, paused, held his shape and then went through with the stroke. Incredible

end of over 1618 runs
MS: 155/1CRR: 9.68 RRR: 3.00
Sohaib Maqsood55 (29b 4x4 4x6)
Mohammad Rizwan76 (55b 9x4 1x6)
Umaid Asif 3-0-36-0
Wahab Riaz 3-0-33-0
Umaid Asif to Maqsood, 1 run

arches back and runs this down to third man

Umaid Asif to Maqsood, FOUR runs

outstanding pick-up shot! Length outside off, Maqsood shimmies across and uses his wrists and strong forearms to whip it one bounce to the deep square leg boundary

Umaid Asif to Maqsood, FOUR runs

make that three in a row! Angled into the body, Maqsood tucks this gently past short fine, Irfan with a lazy chase. Was never going to pull it back in. He had given up. Terrific half-century

Umaid Asif to Maqsood, FOUR runs

slapped disdainfully, two bounces into the cover boundary. Friendly length ball that was asking to be hit and Maqsood said 'thanks very much'

Umaid Asif to Maqsood, FOUR runs

expertly done! Maqsood plays the field brilliantly. Dug in short, he walks across to move outside the line and help it over short fine.

Umaid Asif to Rizwan, 1 run

works this incoming length ball into the leg side for a quick single

end of over 157 runs
MS: 137/1CRR: 9.13 RRR: 6.00
Mohammad Rizwan75 (54b 9x4 1x6)
Sohaib Maqsood38 (24b 4x6)
Wahab Riaz 3-0-33-0
Mohammad Imran 2-0-22-0

Faisal Hanif : "26 to go for Rizwan Century and 31 needed to win for MS. Someome please bring coconut water for my man.I want his century."

Wahab Riaz to Rizwan, 1 run

slower length ball angling away, pulled from outside off towards deep midwicket

Wahab Riaz to Rizwan, no run

lifter again as he hits the deck hard, can't turn it away where he wants to for a single, rolls back towards the bowler

Wahab Riaz to Rizwan, FOUR runs

hammered! Banged in short, Rizwan got into position quickly as he pulled this all along the ground to the deep square leg boundary

Wahab Riaz to Rizwan, no run

beaten by a skiddy and sharp rising delivery around the fourth stump

Wahab Riaz to Maqsood, 1 run

flat-bats this down to long-on

Wahab Riaz to Rizwan, 1 run

punches to deep point

end of over 145 runs
MS: 130/1CRR: 9.28 RRR: 6.16
Mohammad Rizwan69 (49b 8x4 1x6)
Sohaib Maqsood37 (23b 4x6)
Mohammad Imran 2-0-22-0
Fabian Allen 4-0-39-0
Mohammad Imran to Rizwan, 1 run

full on the pads, worked to deep midwicket

Camper: "Sohaib Maqsood can be part of the solution to Pakistan's middle order struggles. I know he's been tried before, but he's never had a steady position/role and not for a long time even at that. He's been devastating this PSL and hitting prime he's got int'l experience."

Mohammad Imran to Rizwan, no run

beaten by a slower and fuller delivery that he looks to drive

Mohammad Imran to Maqsood, 1 run

rolls his wrists over that one nicely as he pulls this to deep square leg

Mohammad Imran to Rizwan, 1 run

length on middle, tucks this gently into the leg side towards midwicket. Called for two but couldn't get it as the fielder hared in quickly

Mohammad Imran to Maqsood, 1 run

dabs it down to third man

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Over 17 • MS 167/2

Sohaib Maqsood c Umaid Asif b Mohammad Imran 61 (31b 4x4 5x6 ) SR: 196.77
Sultans won by 8 wickets (with 21 balls remaining)
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