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Rizwan upbeat despite loss against United

Rizwan refused to blame Sohail Tanvir, who conceded 19 runs in the 19th over

Rizwan upbeat despite loss against United PHOTO COURTESY: PCB

Multan Sultans captain Mohammad Rizwan is upbeat about his team’s chances despite beginning the sixth season of HBL PSL with a loss against Islamabad United on Sunday.

While speaking in a post-match presser, Rizwan praised his bowlers for trying their best in defending a modest total.

"A loss is a loss we all know, but I believe our players did a great effort in trying to defend 150 runs. We as a team felt we are 10 to 15 runs short. The way we attacked in the powerplay, we couldn’t end the inning well. Regardless of that our players played well that’s why the match went till the end," said Rizwan.

Sultans, at the back of captain Mohammad Rizwan 71, posted 150 for eight after Shadab Khan’s decision to field first. Rizwan, who is in the form of his life, struck eight fours and two sixes in 53 balls.

"I have never compromised on my hard work, effort and motivation and then left the results to Almighty Allah. I am playing fearless cricket and I am not thinking much about whether it is a swinging delivery or a spinning one," he said.

Rizwan also appreciated Sultan’s ex-captain Shan Masood for giving his best despite being dropped for the first game of the season.

"Shan is a wonderful and humble guy, he has supported us throughout and when he came into field as Lynn's substitute, he showed great positive energy for the team’s cause," he said.

Rizwan refused to blame Sohail Tanvir, who conceded 19 runs in the 19th over, when Sultans needed 20 to win from 2 overs.

"This is cricket and there's an element of chance in it, and its all part of the game; We all know that Sohail Tanvir is a match-winner, today he gave away 19 runs in an over but tomorrow he could save 6-7 runs for us too," he said.