In reply to a good score of 171 by Lahore Qalandars, Islamabad United put up a very disciplined show as most of their batters contributed to their victory. Luke Ronchi scored a 17-ball 27. Rizwan Hussain and Cameron Delport also scored at a reasonable clip. Hussain Talat made a 31-ball 37 but it were knocks from Asif Ali and Faheem Ashraf which helped the team to get over the line with four balls remaining.
Asif Ali showed his ability in T20s yet again and slammed three sixes and two fours to take his team to the desired result. Earlier, it was due to the disciplined bowling of last year's hero Faheem Ashraf that did not allow the Lahore Qalandars to run away with the match.
Unlike Islamabad United, Multan Sultans lost their first match of the season by seven runs. Chasing a daunting total of 184, the Sultans got off to a very slow start and were struggling till skipper Shoaib Malik came to the crese and smashed Ravi Bopara all over the park to infuse some life into the innings. After that, the partnership between Laurie Evans and Malik was going at great pace till Evans was run out.
After his dismissal, left-arm pacers, Mohammad Amir and Usman Shinwari took control of the match. Usman picked up four wickets and conceded just four runs in the 19th over to seal the game for his side.
Islamabad United- Rizwan Hussain, Luke Ronchi, Cameron Delport, Hussain Talat, Philip Salt, Asif Ali, Samit Patel, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Sami, Waqas Maqsood
Multan Sultans- Shan Masood, Tom Moores, Laurie Evans, Shoaib Malik, Andre Russell, Shahid Afridi, Hammad Azam, Chris Green, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Ilyas
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – Islamabad United
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) –Luke Ronchi (Islamabad United), Shoaib Malik (Multan Sultans)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Shadab Khan (Islamabad United), Chris Green (Multan Sultans)
Most Sixes – Asif Ali (Islamabad United), Shoaib Malik (Multan Sultans)
Team Scores Batting First – Islamabad United 165+, Multan Sultans 150+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.
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