PSL🏆: Shinwari, Umer Khan Knock👊 Multan Sultans Out

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Karachi Kings 120/5 (Livingstone 53*, Ingram 31, Ilyas 3-27) beat Multan Sultans 118/7 (Hammad 29, Shinwari 4-15, Umer 3-22) by five wickets


In what has been a fairly evenly contested PSL tournament, there was one team that stood out, if that is the best way to put it: Multan Sultans. They stood out as being not quite at the same level as the others, and on a day they needed a big performance to stay alive, they put in one that merely drove the point further home. Becoming just the second team in PSL history to fail to hit a six across a completed innings, they limped to 118 for 7, never able to get the innings on track for anything close to a par score.

That one fast bowler and one spinner from Karachi Kings registered their best bowling figures of the season didn't help Sultans' cause either. Usman Shinwari and Umer Khan's combined figures read 8-0-37-7.

As is the case with several low-scoring games, this one became a bit of a nervy scrap towards the end, particularly after Mohammad Abbas bowled a spotless double-wicket maiden to dislodge Colin Ingram and Iftikhar Ahmed. Until then, the chase had been a stroll, Liam Livingstone and Ingram's 46-run partnership for the third wicket getting Kings close. But with new life breathed into Sultans, Shoaib Malik's men conjured up the discipline they had lacked in the field for much of the tournament and made Kings' life as difficult as possible. Kings themselves didn't help their cause, almost forgetting about strike rotation in a frenzy to get the job done.

Sultans won that passage of play, even taking the match to the final over, but the lacklustre display up to that point had done too much damage to afford them a final stay of execution in the tournament. Livingstone brought up his fifty, and the Kings victory, with a six over deep midwicket with four balls to go, ensuring the one game Sultans play in Pakistan will have little tournament relevance for them.

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