Multan Sultans’ Rilee Rossouw plays a shot against Islamabad United during their PSL match. AFP
Tim David played a blitzkrieg knock of 29-ball 71 as Multan Sultans defeated Islamabad United by 20 runs in their Pakistan Super League (PSL) match on Tuesday.
David was well-supported by Rilee Rossouw, who smashed an unbeaten 35-ball 67 as Sultans posted a huge total of 217/5 and restricted United to 197.
Shadab Khan scored a quickfire 91 off 41 deliveries to give Sultans a scare but failed to take his side over the line. His knock was studded with nine sixes and four boundaries.
With the fourth straight victory, Sultan have consolidated their position on the top of the table with eight points.
Earlier, England cricketer Alex Hales, who is playing for Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), has slammed England’s decision to cancel the Pakistan tour. The England and Wales Cricket Board had decided not to send the team for a white-ball tour of Pakistan last October, weeks before it was to take place, citing a vague mix of reasons from player welfare to security.
“That decision to cancel that tour made absolutely no sense. Especially after Pakistan came to England during Covid and helped out the ECB massively. So for them to cancel that tour made absolutely zero sense to me. It was only a short tour, only a few T20s so it made no sense,” Hales was quoted as saying by Geo TV.
Hales has more experience of playing in Pakistan than most English cricketers. He’s now in his fifth season at the PSL including two seasons disrupted by the pandemic.
“I’ve been here four or five times now and get looked after really well,” Hales said. “Every time we come here, the people are very hospitable and cricket is always really good. The fans here are crazy for it. So, it’s a great place to come and play cricket, I absolutely feel safe.”
The ECB and PCB have since renegotiated that tour and England are now scheduled to tour Pakistan twice later this year. They first arrive in September for a seven-match T20I series, in the lead-up to the T20 World Cup in Australia. Following that tournament, they will visit again for a three-Test series in November-December.
“I’m just enjoying my cricket a lot more now,” he said. “I’m into my 30s now so I guess I’ve matured over the last few years away from the game. I feel like I’m playing the best standard of cricket I [have] played in my life and hopefully, I can keep up for the next few years.”
"In the present-day environment, all international sport events are going ahead because there is more awareness and information about the pandemic,” PCB chairman Ramiz Raja told the media on the eve of Pakistan Super League.
After his dismissal, Sultan again started losing the wickets in quick succession before Sarfarz and James Faulkner took them to 150 wit a 42-ru partnership. But they failed to hold nerves and failed to get over the line.
A PCB press release said the World's second-ranked Twenty20 batsman Azam was hurt during a practice session in Queenstown. Coach Misbah-ul-Haq said, "He was taken to a local hospital where X-rays confirmed the fracture."
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