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.
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."
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.
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
arches back and runs this down to third man
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
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
slapped disdainfully, two bounces into the cover boundary. Friendly length ball that was asking to be hit and Maqsood said 'thanks very much'
expertly done! Maqsood plays the field brilliantly. Dug in short, he walks across to move outside the line and help it over short fine.
works this incoming length ball into the leg side for a quick single
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."
slower length ball angling away, pulled from outside off towards deep midwicket
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
hammered! Banged in short, Rizwan got into position quickly as he pulled this all along the ground to the deep square leg boundary
beaten by a skiddy and sharp rising delivery around the fourth stump
flat-bats this down to long-on
punches to deep point
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 form..plus he's got int'l experience."
beaten by a slower and fuller delivery that he looks to drive
rolls his wrists over that one nicely as he pulls this to deep square leg
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
dabs it down to third man