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Maqsood, Khushdil propel Sultans to 180-5 against United

Khushdil’s blistering unbeaten 42-run inning from 22 balls, ensured a competitive total for Sultans

Maqsood, Khushdil propel Sultans to 180-5 against United PHOTO COURTESY: PCB

Brisk knocks from Sohaib Maqsood and Khushdil Shah helped Multan Sultans post 180-5 against Islamabad United in the first qualifier of HBL PSL 6 on Monday.

Sultans were dealt an early blow as they lost their captain in the second over as Mohammad Rizwan was caught behind without opening his account.

In-form batsman Sohaib Maqsood made his intentios clear as he smashed three boundaries in Faheem Ashraf’s first over. Maqsood continued to accelerate as he dispatched Akif Javed for two sixes inside the powerplay.

After the powerplay, Shan Masood welcomed Shadab Khan into the attack with back to back boundaries. However, Shadab had the last laugh as he trapped Masood lbw on the next ball. Rilee Rossouw didn’t hang around for long as he was also trapped lbw for a duck in the same over.

Two quick wickets didn’t slow down Maqsood, who hit consecutive boundaries in the first over of Mohammad Wasim Jr.

Johnson Charles took a particular liking to Wasim Jr, hitting the emerging pacer for couple of sixes.

Maqsood brought his fifty in style as he dispatched Hasan Ali for a six over cover.

United needed a breakthrough and Faheem responded by dismissing Johnson Chalres, who was caught by Iftikhar Ahmed after a brisk 41-run knock.

Faheem made further inroads in his final over as he brought an end to a fine 59-run knock by Sohaib Maqsood.

Sultans’ run-rate took a hit due to quick wickets and needed a strong finish. Khushdil Shah went on a rampage in Akif Javed’s final over and hit the pacer for four consecutive sixes.

Khushdil’s blistering unbeaten 42-run inning from 22 balls, ensured a competitive total for Sultans.