The opener of the seventh edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL 7) saw the title defenders Multan Sultans locking horns with Karachi Kings. However, this was not the start that the home siders were anticipating as Mohammad Rizwan’s side defeated Babar Azam and co horrendously.
Rizwan, on winning the toss, opted to field first and conceded a substandard target of 125 runs. Azam and men although did not completely fall short of wickets failed to score expected runs. Or it can be said Sultans’ bowlers were entirely in motion to give action-packed sights being economic. Azam and men put up 124 losing 5 wickets on the board in 120 balls.
Visibly, the target looked easy to chase and Rizwan’s contributions lighten up hopes for the Sultans to start their title defence with a win. He added 52* off 47 balls. Sohaib Maqsood’s and Shan Masood’s assistance of 30 and 26 helped Sultans bring their victory in 18.2 overs. Sultans performed well in two departs as Imran Tahir won the man of the match award for a wonderful spell of 4-0-16-3. Shahnawaz Dahani and Khushdil Shah had beautiful delights with one wicket apiece either.
From the Kings’ end, Sharjeel Khan was the top-scorer adding 43 on 31 balls. Skipper Azam could add 23 off 19 balls whereas, Joe Clarke contributed with 26 runs from 24 balls. When it comes to their bowlers, Mohammad Nabi led the depart with two wickets conceding 17 runs in 3.2 overs. Mohammad Ilyas got the only majestic over yielding two runs and a wicket. The rest of them were wicket-less.
The Kings’ fans are disappointed to see a horrendous start in the first game of the homies in the home ground. The losing team is optimistic to bounce back in the next encounter versus the arch-rivals, Lahore Qalandars.
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