Sohail Tanvir (left) and Blessing Muzarabanimatch celebrate at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Monday. PSL Twitter photo
Three-fers from Sohail Tanvir and Blessing Muzarabani and a belligerent half-century from Sohaib Maqsood guided Multan Sultans to their first-ever final of the HBL Pakistan Super League.
Islamabad United, 2016 and 2018 winners, were dismissed for 149 in 19 overs to hand Sultans 31-run win in the Qualifier, played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Monday.
Earlier, after opting to bat first, Sultans scored 180 for five on the back of Sohaib’s fourth HBL PSL 6 half-century. The discarded Pakistan international and right-handed hard-hitting batsman top-scored for his team with 59 off 41, smashing seven fours and three sixes.
He stitched a 63-run partnership with Johnson Charles (41 off 21, three fours, three sixes) for the fourth-wicket after Sultans had lost Shan Masood (25 off 22, four fours) and Rilee Rossouw (zero off two balls) in the eighth over to Shadab. Captain Mohammad Rizwan had earlier perished for a duck in the second over of the innings.
Khushdil Shah (42 not out off 22, five sixes) struck four sixes in the 19th over of the innings which helped Sultans post a formidable score on the board. He knitted an unbeaten 43-run partnership for the sixth-wicket with Sohail (12 not out off nine, one four).
For United, Faheem Ashraf and Shadab took two wickets apiece.
Last season, Sultans finished third after topping the points table in the league phase with 14 points. They lost the Qualifier to eventual winners Kings by four runs in Super Over, then the Eliminator 2 to Lahore Qalandars by 25 runs in Karachi.
Qualifier – Multan Sultans beat Islamabad United by 31 runs
Multan Sultans 180-5, 20 overs (Sohaib Maqsood 59, Khushdil Shah 42 not out, Johnson Charles 41; Shadab Khan 2-25, Faheem Ashraf 2-35)
Islamabad United 149 all out, 19 overs (Usman Khawaja 70, Hussain Talat 25; Sohail Tanvir 3-17, Blessing Muzarabani 3-31, Imran Tahir 2-29)
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