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Karachi Kings restrict Multan Sultans to 176-run total despite explosive start

A late flurry of boundaries in the end by Khushdil pushed his side to 176 runs in the end for the loss of five wickets

Karachi Kings restrict Multan Sultans to 176-run total despite explosive start PHOTO COURTESY: PCB

Karachi Kings restricted Multan Sultans to 176-run total for the loss of five wickets despite an explosive start in their Habib Bank Limited (HBL) Pakistan Super League (PSL) season six encounter in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.

After winning the toss and opting to field first, skipper Imad Wasim got his side to a great start. Opener Mohammad Rizwan survived a close shout for an LBW before Imad removed opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz (three off four), stumped by wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton.

Batsman Sohaib Maqsood however did not let the early wicket phase him, coming out with aggressive intent. 

The hard-hitter scored a breezy 31-run knock off 14 balls before being bowled by pacer Waqas Maqsood.

Batsman Rilee Rossouw continued the foundation laid by Maqsood, taking the Karachi Kings’ bowlers to the cleaners on the way to a 44-run knock off 24 balls.

The experienced all-rounder Thisara Perera finally got the better of the hard-hitting batsman as he miscued a slog into the hands of fielder Babar Azam.

Mohammad Rizwan (29 off 23) fell in the same over after being run-out as Karachi Kings made their way back into the match after an explosive start from Multan Sultans.

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Perera removed batsman Shimron Hetmyer (seven off nine) next after a miscued pull shot landed into the hands of fielder Waqas Maqsood.

Batsman Khushdil Shah and all-rounder Sohail Tanvir found it hard to find boundaries at regular intervals as Karachi Kings’ bowlers tightened the screws.

A late flurry of boundaries in the end by Khushdil pushed his side to 176 runs in the end for the loss of five wickets.

Both Khushdil Shah (44 off 32) and Sohail Tanvir (14 off 14) returned unbeaten at the end of the innings. 

Perera was the most successful bowler from Karachi Kings, picking up two wickets at the expense of 12 runs in three overs.

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