From L to R: Rizwan, Jason Roy celebrate after scoring 50 runs; Joe Clarke is bowled by Mohammad Irfan and Liam Dawson (top) celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Khushdil Shah on Sunday. AFP
Multan, which only lost to Lahore Qalandars in 10 league games, bettered Islamabad’s all-time PSL record of eight wins in the league stage to finish top of the table with 18 points.
Multan will take on either Lahore or Peshawar Zalmi in the qualifier on Wednesday while Islamabad also got into the playoffs after edging out Quetta Gladiators on net run-rate. Both Islamabad and Quetta finished with eight points from four wins.
Azam Khan (C) stumps out Shan Masood (L) during the PSL match in Lahore. AFP
Captain Mohammad Rizwan (51 not out off 42 balls) anchored Multan to 111-4 in 17.2 overs with his sixth half century this season after left-arm spinner Liam Dawson (3-16) had got three quick wickets.
Multan had earlier restricted an understrength Islamabad to this season's lowest total of 105-7 by using eight bowlers. Islamabad had struggled in the latter half of the tournament after three of its batters -- Paul Stirling, Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Alex Hales -- left because of either national duties or bubble fatigue.
Skipper Shadab Khan, who is still the top wicket-taker in the tournament with 17 wickets, has also missed the last three games due to groin injury.
Islamabad’s bench strength couldn’t cope with the spin of Imran Tahir (2-8) and Asif Afridi (2-21) while Tim David (1-4) also chipped in with a wicket off his offspin bowling.
No.8 Mohammad Musa ensured Islamabad crossed the 100-run mark with an unbeaten 26 off 21 balls.
KARACHI BEATEN FOR NINTH TIME
Karachi Kings, led by Pakistan all-format captain Babar Azam, had a 23-run defeat to Quetta in the earlier game as both teams were knocked out.
Karachi became the first team in the history of Pakistan’s premier Twenty20 league to finish with just one win as the 2020 champion lost nine of its 10 games.
Khurram Shahzad celebrates the wicket of Tom Lammonby during the PSL match in Lahore. AFP
Without injured fast bowler Mohammad Amir, Karachi lost all five of its home games before notching a solitary 22-run win against Lahore Qalandars last Friday.
Englishman Jason Roy’s 82 off 64 balls rallied Quetta to 166-4 after captain Sarfaraz Ahmed won the toss and elected to bat in a game between the two bottom-place teams.
Karachi’s brittle middle order faltered yet again to finish on 143-8 despite the opening pair of Joe Clarke (52) and Babar (36) providing a solid platform of 87 runs.
Fast bowler Khurram Shahzad, playing his first game this season, grabbed 4-22 to pull back Karachi’s run chase.
Shahzad, the right-arm fast bowler, clean bowled Babar and Sharjeel Khan (16) in the middle overs before knocking the stumps of Lewis Gregory and Tom Lammonby off successive deliveries in the 19th over as Karachi lost eight wickets for 56 runs.
Meanwhile, The Pakistan Cricket Board and Quetta Gladiators have issued the following statement after Mr James Faulkner made baseless allegations of non-payment and mistreatment during the HBL Pakistan Super League 2022: “The PCB and Quetta Gladiators are disappointed and dismayed with the reprehensible behavior of Mr James Faulkner, who was also part of the Abu Dhabi-leg of the HBL Pakistan Super League in 2021, and, along with all participants, has always been treated with utmost respect.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and owners of the six clubs made the decision on Thursday, a week after the Twenty20 league was postponed.
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 Super League (PSL) will finish four days ahead of schedule with all remaining games being played in empty stadiums after 10 foreign players withdrew from the event on Friday because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Karachi Kings are through to the play-offs after beating Quetta Gladiators by 14 runs in do-or-die last league match as they defended the 177-run target in match number 29 of the sixth edition of the Pakistan Super League
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The qualifying round matches will start at 10am on Sunday, while the main round matches will start from Monday. The final will be played on Saturday evening (December 11).
The Netherlands, bidding to win their first World Cup after losing in three previous finals, will face Argentina or Australia in the last eight.