Peshawar Zalmi beat Multan Sultans by six wickets


Haider Ali chips in with an unbeaten 24 off 8 to get his side over the line
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Peshawar Zalmi chased a huge target of 194 and beat Multan Sultans by six wickets in the fifth fixture of Pakistan Super League’s (PSL) sixth edition at the city’s National Stadium.
After putting 193-4 on the board, thanks to James Vince’s 84 and Mohammad Rizwan’s 41, the Sultans felt confident that they had enough on an pitch that had been favouring bowlers.
Openers Kamran Akmal (37) and Imam-ul-Haq (48) provided a solid foundation, upon which Tom Kohler-Cadmore (53) capitalised and, when in the end, some late hitting was needed, the young Haider Ali, chipped in with an unbeaten 24 off 8 to get his side over the line.
Earlier, Mohammad Rizwan and Chris Lynn opened the innings for the Multan franchise but Lynn got caught out by Haider Ali off Mohammad Irfan’s ball in only the second over. Vince, who replaced Lynn at the pitch, hit a couple of fours, trying to drive up the score after a slow start.
Just as the Rizwan-Vince partnership started to look dangerous for Zalmi, Rizwan got out at 41, caught by Imamul Haq off Mohammad Imran’s ball at the start of the 11th over.
The Multan captain had made 71 runs in the last match.
Wahab Riaz’s over proved costly for Zalmi as Sohaib Maqsood hit three consecutive boundaries.
Vince consolidated his position on the pitch, scoring a half-century off 39 balls — his third fifty in PSL. Despite brilliant batting, Vince was unable to reach a century, caught out at 84 in the 19th over.
Maqsood lost his wicket in the 17th over, caught out by Mohammad Kamran off Saqib Mahmood.
Both teams entered the contest having lost their previous matches.
The Sultans made two changes to their lineup with Usman Qadir coming in for Sohaibullah and Shahnawaz Dhani making his debut.