An unbeaten 42-ball 85-run innings by Sohaib Maqsood helped Multan Sultans defeat defending champions Peshawar Zalmi in the 16th fixture of the Pakistan Super League 2018 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Tuesday.
The Sultans, after being asked to bat first, sent the usual pairing of Ahmed Shehzad and Kumar Sangakkara to open their innings, whereas Sameen Gul and Umaid Asif shared the new ball for Zalmi.
Early on, the classy Sri Lankan took the backseat in favour of his young partner before coming alive in the fourth over, hitting Hasan Ali for a six and a four.
The right-left combo, having taken their time to get settled, now sought acceleration, with both the batsman dispatching Wahab Riaz for a boundary each in the fifth over. By the end of that over, the Sultans were 40-0 and off to a fine — if not a flying — start.
Liam Dawson’s sixth over (just one conceded) quieted down the Sultans outburst but Sangakkara pulled Asif for another maximum in the next over.
The southpaw, however, attempted an out-of-character rash stroke to a fuller delivery and had his stumps shattered by the excellent Dawson. Mind you, the English left-arm spinner was the man of the match in Zalmi’s crushing win over Lahore Qalandars last time around.
What Junaid couldn’t do, Tanvir promptly did, dismissing Dawson on the first ball of the 19th over as the Sultans tightened their grip on the game.
Tanvir then showed why he is one of the most sought-after T20 bowlers in the world, removing Hammad Azam in the same over.
The unorthodox left-arm quick finished with three wickets and so did Pollard, who also bowled the final over as Zalmi finished at 164-8, falling 20 runs short of their target. Hafeez contributed 56 to his team’s losing cause.
Maqsood was deservedly named the man of the match.
Peshawar XI: Kamran Akmal, Andre Fletcher, Dwayne Smith, Mohammad Hafeez, Riki Wessels, Liam Dawson, Hammad Azam, Wahab Riaz, Umaid Asif, Hasan Ali, Sameen Gul
Multan XI: Ahmad Shehzad, Kumar Sangakkara, Sohaib Maqsood, Shoaib Malik, Kieron Pollard, Darren Bravo, Saif Badar, Sohail Tanvir, Imran Tahir, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan