Babar takes the lead and Zalmi stops Sultans’ winning streak again

After a hat-trick of wins to start their PSL 2024 campaign, Multan Sultans’ winning streak was brought to a halt by Peshawar Zalmi. Ten days later, Zalmi again capped another winning run for the Sultans, which lasted three matches and secured a crucial win in Rawalpindi to reach third place.


Babar Azam’s half-century and Sam Ayub’s quick innings followed by useful contributions from the middle order helped Zalmi post a strong total of 204/5. Sultans’ top four players could not match Zalmi’s brilliant batting, but a late fightback led by Iftikhar Ahmed and Chris Jordan gave them some hope. But even Iftikhar’s six on the last ball, which brought him to 60 not out off 27 balls, could not prevent a narrow defeat for Sultans as they fell to 200/5 by 4 runs.

Coming into bat, Zalmi got a strong start thanks to Sam Ayub’s 46 runs, which came off just 22 balls. He hit three fours and five sixes – three of which came inside the powerplay – while Babar Azam also got off to a flying start by hitting a boundary. Zalmi’s openers made a half-century partnership within four overs and by the time the powerplay was completed, the score was 71 runs. Ayub’s six-hitting continued as he hit two consecutive sixes off Usama Mir and was trapped LBW. Same bowler. Mir also held Tom Kohler-Cadmore responsible as Zalmi reached 100/2 after 10 overs.

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Babar’s pace slowed down after the powerplay, but immediately after being out at backward point, he took the ball forward by hitting a six off Mir. Hasibullah Khan also hit a boundary, both the batsmen hit a six each off the ball of Mohammad Ali in the 14th over. Babar’s innings was also ended by Mir as he missed the sweep and was bowled at 64 off 40. Hasibullah was bowled by Jordan for 31, but Rovman Powell and Asif Ali did not stop the attack, with the former hitting two sixes off Jordan. , Aamer Jamal finalized the innings by hitting a six and a four off Aftab Ibrahim in the last over and took Zalmi beyond 200.

Mohammad Rizwan made a positive start to the chase but Reeza Hendricks struggled to get going and was eventually caught out by Mehran Mumtaz for 5 runs in 10 balls as Sultans reached 40/1 after six overs. Went. A direct hit from Jamal resulted in a big wicket as Rizwan was run out for 32 in the eighth over and the Sultans had a lot of work to do with the score at 73/2 at the half stage.


Tayyab Tahir and Dawid Malan tried to keep Sultans in the hunt, but both were lost to Jamal in the 12th over, leaving Sultans at 91/4, needing 114 runs from the last eight overs. The score came down to 81 runs in the last five overs, with Iftikhar and Khushdil Shah fighting for the Sultans. Naveen-ul-Haq finished the innings on a high note after which Jordan hit some powerful blows, taking the equation to 58 runs off 18 balls.

Iftikhar hit three sixes on Jamal in the 18th over of 21 runs, which also included a leg bye. He completed his half-century in 24 balls by hitting a four and a six off Naveen in the 19th over. The equation – 23 runs off 6 balls – came to 12 runs off two balls – with Jordan hitting two fours off Salman Irshad. But a run on the fifth ball meant that the game was effectively decided in Zalmi’s favour.

Brief Scores: Peshawar Zalmi 204/5 in 20 overs (Babar Azam 64, Saim Ayub 46; Usama Mir 3-32) beat Multan Sultans 200/5 in 20 overs (Iftikhar Ahmed 60*, Mohammad Rizwan 32; Amer Jamal 2-36) by 4 runs.

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