Rilee Rossouw celebrates after scoring a century (100 runs) during the (PSL T20 cricket match at the Multan Cricket Stadium in Multan on Saturday. AFP
Rossouw’s robust unbeaten 100 off 44 balls against his former franchise had provided Multan Sultan a strong total of 199-5 as the left-hander plundered 10 fours and six sixes. Captain Shan Masood (46) shared a 139-run fourth-wicket stand with Rossouw, who batted aggressively against young fast bowler Naseem Shah (1-45) and Sohail Khan (1-45).
Rilee Rossouw dances as he celebrates after scoring a century during the Pakistan Super League T20 match in Multan. AFP
Shane Watson (80 off 41 balls) kept Quetta Gladiators in the hunt with his first half century in this year’s PSL but once he was dismissed in the 16th over Quetta's victory push faltered with the team eventually reaching 169-7.
Moeen Ali, who dropped Watson on 69 off Imran Tahir, made amends in the legspinner's next over by taking a clean catch at long off.
"That was just one of a kind (innings), if anyone could have done it, it was Rilee Rossouw,” Shan said after his team secured its third home victory of the season to extend its perfect record in Multan Sultan.
"He (Rossouw) just teed off... made the job easy,” the captain added.
Seamer Bilawal Bhatti, playing his first game for Multan Sultan after replacing Shahid Afridi, took 3-26 while the experienced Tahir took 2-27.
Bad weather in Rawalpindi cancelled Quetta’s scheduled flight to Multan on Friday evening and the organisers had to fly out the title defenders to the city on an Air Force plane just hours before the game started at Multan Cricket Stadium on Saturday.
Quetta didn’t look particularly fatigued as its fast bowlers restricted Multan to 48-3 in the eighth over before Rossouw began his domination of the bowlers with some powerful hitting.
Rossouw completed his century in the last over off 43 balls and bettered Islamabad United batsman Cameron Delport’s previous record of a 49-ball hundred in the PSL, made against Lahore Qalandars at Karachi last year.
Quetta, with three wins and two defeats, has six points and is in second place in the six-team Twenty20 tournament.
The Pakistan Cricket Board also said that the decision to reschedule Monday’s game was made with an aim to allow players "sufficient time to relax, refocus and regroup following the testing and in the best interest of the competition.”
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and owners of the six clubs made the decision on Thursday, a week after the Twenty20 league was postponed.
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