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Raees leads from front as Islamabad United open their account in PSL 2018

Mohammad Sami picked two wickets in the game
Mohammad Sami picked two wickets in the game

Islamabad United 117-5 (Talat 48no) beat
Multan Sultans 113 (Raees 3-13) by five wickets
6th game, Pakistan Super League, Dubai

Rumman Raees and Mohammad Sami shared five wickets between them as Islamabad United bowled out Multan Sultans for 113 runs and later chased down the target in 17.4 overs with five wickets in hand in the sixth game of the Pakistan Super League at Dubai International Stadium.

Islamabad United won the toss and decided to bowl first and the move proved right as Raees (3-13) snared the in-form Kumar Sangakkara (6) in the second over while Sami (2-19) accounted for Darren Bravo (6) and Sohaib Maqsood (1). Multan Sultans ended the powerplay with a score of 24 for three.

There was no respite whatsoever for Multan as Steven Finn ended Ahmed Shehzad's (11) 24-ball vigil when he chipped one to fine leg and at halfway mark, they were reeling at 42 for four.

Shoaib Malik (35) and Kieron Pollard (28) were the only players to show some resilience as their 54-run stand for the fifth wicket helped Multan recover a bit but Andre Russell (2-30) dismissed them both in successive overs and the late flourish they desperately hoped for did not come as Raees was extremely handy in the end overs to dismiss them for 113 in 19.5 overs.

Islamabad got off to a blistering start of 33 runs in the first four overs despite losing Luke Ronchi (0) in the first over to Mohammad Irfan (1-24). Malik brought Imran Tahir (3-19) in the fourth over and he straightaway created an impact dismissing Sahibzada Farhan (9).

Tahir further dented Islamabad's hope with a double strike in the 11th over to dismiss Asif Ali (11) and Andre Russell (0) but Hussain Talat (48 not out) with his 34-ball unbeaten knock guided them home in the 18th over.

Talat was named the man of the match as Islamabad United register their first win of the season and are positioned fifth while Multan Sultans slip to second.

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