Islamabad United cruise to 8-wicket victory over Multan Sultans in PSL 2020 clash

Updated 22 Feb 2020

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Islamabad United pacer Amad Butt, centre, celebrates with teammate after taking the wicket of Multan Sultans batsman James Vince, left, at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. — AP
Islamabad United pacer Amad Butt, centre, celebrates with teammate after taking the wicket of Multan Sultans batsman James Vince, left, at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. — AP
Islamabad United won the toss and elected to bowl first against Multan Sultans. — DawnNewsTV
Islamabad United won the toss and elected to bowl first against Multan Sultans. — DawnNewsTV

Luke Ronchi's blistering 74-run knock helped Islamabad United defeat Multan Sultans by eight wickets in their 2020 Pakistan Super League match at Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium on Saturday.

United, who were chasing a target of 165 runs set for them by the Sultans, reached their goal comfortably with 20 balls to spare.

Their two losses were Colin Munro (50 off 32), who was bowled out by Shahid Afridi, and player of the match Ronchi, who stumbled only in the 17th over after taking his side to just runs away from victory with his brilliant 45-ball 74.

Earlier, after being sent in to bat, the Sultans finished with a score of 164-8 at the end of their allotted 20 overs.

The Shan Masood-led team had started off its batting strong, amassing 31 runs at the end of five overs without any losses.

In the sixth over, however, skipper Shan was caught by Muhammad Musa off Faheem Ashraf.

The 10th over brought more trouble for the Sultans, with Amad Butt dismissing both Moeen Ali and Rilee Rossouw. Butt went on to also claim the wickets of JM Vince and Sohail Tanvir.

United earlier won the toss and elected to bowl first against the Sultans.

This was the fifth fixture of the fifth edition of PSL.

In the opening match of the tournament, two-time champions United were defeated by Quetta Gladiators by three wickets. Underdogs Sultans, meanwhile, won their encounter with Lahore Qalandars by five wickets on Friday.

Teams:

Islamabad United: C Munro, L Ronchi†, DJ Malan, Hussain Talat, CA Ingram, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan (C), Faheem Ashraf, Amad Butt, Muhammad Musa, Akif Javed

Multan Sultans: Shan Masood (C), JM Vince, MM Ali, RR Rossouw, Zeeshan Ashraf†, Khushdil Shah, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Ilyas, Imran Tahir, Mohammad Irfan