News – AU – Islamabad beats Multan in PSL, Lahore beats Peshawar


Lewis Gregory’s unbeaten 49 and two wickets helped Islamabad United beat Multan Sultans in the PSL – Pakistan Super League / Twitter

Lewis Gregory struck a bat and ball to help two-time champions Islamabad United beat Multan Sultans in the Pakistan Super League to a three-wicket win on Sunday

Fast bowler Shaheen Afridi and Afghan legspinner Rashid Khan spurred Lahore Qalandars to an early game win over former champion Peshawar Zalmi with four wickets

Gregory, a 28-year-old Englishman, claimed 2-31 after Islamabad picked the field Multan was limited to 150-8, with skipper Mohammad Rizwan occasionally showing 71 balls out of 53

Veteran Shahid Afridi gave hope to Multan when the 40-year-old leg spinner bagged 2:24, made a catch and Iftikhar Ahmed brilliantly ran out of direct throw

But Gregory’s unbeaten 49 of 31 balls, including six and three fours from four consecutive balls in the penultimate game against Sohail Tanvir, drove Islamabad to 151-7 with six balls READ:
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Before that, Shaheen had sunk Afridi 3-14 and Rashid didn’t put a limit on his impressive PSL debut numbers of 0-14 as Peshawar was limited to 140-6

Rashid’s bellicose fight against 27 of 15 balls – including six against Midwicket – helped Lahore get 143-6 in 183 overs to give last year’s finalists a successful start

“I call this the mini helicopter, just give it a try,” said Rashid, who will play in just one more PSL game before joining Afghanistan for his series against Zimbabwe

“The best thing is to finish it off with the bat and I have the chance today,” he said

Afridi caught Imam-ul-Haq from the first ball after Lahore skipper Sohail Akhtar won the throw and decided on the field

Former Pakistani captain Shoaib Malik (26) left Peshawar in the eighth game 46: 4 when he defeated the South African sailor David Wiese

Ravi Bopara (50 of 44 balls) resurrected the innings with a fierce half century, adding 64 runs with West Indian Sherfane Rutherford (26) before Afridi returned in the final overs and sacked both batsmen to curb Peshawar

Lahore was 109: 4, but the Englishman Saqib Mahmood (2:22) briefly stopped his progress with the gates of Samit Patel (8) and Wiese, who were in the 16th READ about successive deliveries:
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However, Rashid made sure that Lahore did not slip as he scored the majority of the rating and the experienced Mohammad Hafeez was not eliminated at 33

“I think it was a good start to their bowling,” said Peshawar Skipper Wahab Riaz. “There was a bit in the wicket and the bowlers used it really well. The (batsmen) should have taken a little longer, but I think , The positive was the way Shoaib, Ravi and Rutherford played ”

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News – AU – Islamabad beats Multan in PSL, Lahore beats Peshawar