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Multan Sultans continue to impress as they beat Lahore Qalandars by 43 runs

Shoaib Malik led from the front for Karachi Kings
Shoaib Malik led from the front for Karachi Kings

Multan Sultans 179-5 (Sangakkara 63) beat
Lahore Qalandars 136 (Zaman 49) by 43 runs
3rd game, Pakistan Super League, Dubai

Kumar Sangakkara scored his second consecutive half-century while Shoaib Malik scored a fluent 48 as Multan Sultans went on to post 179 and later defended the target comfortably by 43 runs against Lahore Qalandars in the third game of the Pakistan Super League in Dubai.

Chasing nine runs an over, Lahore Qalandars decided to open the batting with Sunil Narine (26) and he gave them a solid start if not a quick one before chipping a catch to the third man off Junaid Khan (3-24) in the fourth over.

Things went south for the Qalandars as Mohammad Irfan (2-19) had Brendon McCullum (0) caught in the deep as they ended the powerplay with a score of 40 for two.

Fakhar Zaman (49) and Umar Akmal (31) tried to up the ante with four sixes and two boundaries in the next four overs to help them reach 91 for two at halfway mark but Kieron Pollard (2-28) managed to remove them both in successive overs to dent Lahore's momentum.

Sohail Akhtar (21) with his 11-ball cameo tried to provide some hope for Lahore but Imran Tahir (3-27) was too much to handle for the lower middle order as Multan bowled out Lahore for 136 runs in the 18th over to complete a 43-run victory.

Earlier, the platform for Multan's total of 189 was set by a stern opening partnership of 88 runs in 10 overs from Sangakkara (63) and Ahmed Shehzad (33).

Sangakkara went on to complete his second successive fifty in two games but it was Malik (48) with his 28-ball decisive knock that helped Karachi recover amid wickets late in the game.

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