HomeSPORTSLatest Match Report - Sultans vs Gladiators twenty eighth Match 2022/23

Latest Match Report – Sultans vs Gladiators twenty eighth Match 2022/23

Multan Sultans 262 for 3 (Usman 120, Rizwan 55, Qais 2-77) beat Quetta Gladiators 253 for 8 (Yousuf 67, Iftikhar 53, Afridi 5-47) by 9 runs

The Rawalpindi leg of the PSL this season has stood out for the surfeit of fours and sixes which have pervaded it, however even by these gluttonous requirements, Usman Khan stood out. The previous Quetta Gladiators man tormented his earlier employers, smashing the quickest PSL hundred as Sultans piled on 262, the best PSL rating in historical past.

Gladiators, needing a win – and in reality, a complete one to remain alive – battled gamely, half-centuries from Omair Yousuf and Iftikhar Ahmed conserving the scoreline respectable. However regardless of the placidity of the floor, there have been just too many runs to get. Abbas Afridi confirmed the bowlers may have their say too with a five-fer that included a hat-trick, and although Gladiators took it a lot deeper than it appeared they may, they fell brief by 9 runs.

Gladiators required a run-rate boosting victory to retain sensible hopes of pipping Peshawar Zalmi to a playoff spot, however the method by which Multan began put any such notions to mattress. It wasn’t till the third over that Usman struck his first boundary, however the 4 he plundered off that Aimal Khan over was very a lot a harbinger of what would observe. By the sixth over, Multan have been purring, and the hapless Qais Ahmed was clobbered for 27 as Sultans posted 91, the best powerplay rating of the season.

The carnage continued with 21 of the subsequent over, and an additional 27 off Qais’ second. Throughout that over, Usman had introduced up his 36-ball hundred, the quickest this league has ever seen. The next over noticed the 150 come up, with the innings nonetheless in its first half. Nawaz introduced himself as soon as extra and, to Gladiators’ reduction, deceived him with the flight as Umar Akmal effected a wise stumping, although, having bludgeoned a 43-ball 120, the injury had very a lot been executed.

Mohammad Rizwan wasn’t precisely plodding alongside, however he’d been comfortable to show the strike over, going through simply 17 of the primary 61 balls. He introduced up his personal half-century off 26 balls, however the carnage typically occurred on the different finish. Tim David was in imperious type and mixed with Kieron Pollard to complete strongly after the Gladiators had staged a mini-revival within the center overs. The fourth wicket partnership between the duo mixed for an unbeaten 58 off 33, and whereas that nearly felt snail-paced after Usman’s fireworks, it nonetheless powered Sultans to the best PSL whole by 15 runs.

Gladiators wanted an enormous effort from the highest three in the event that they have been to stage a repeat of the monster chase they achieved towards Peshawar Zalmi earlier within the week. However the architect of that triumph, Jason Roy, was dispatched with a slower ball within the second over. Martin Guptill took cost with a blistering powerplay cameo, smoking 37 off 13 balls earlier than a bit of additional tempo from Ihsanullah took the skin edge.

However cameos weren’t sufficient in a chase of this magnitude, and to make up for the dearth of 1 large innings, Gladiators strung collectively a number of small, consequential ones. Seven of the ten who batted registered double figures, none of them at a strike price decrease than 170. Yousuf and Iftikhar gave the impression to be making a sport of it with a 57-ball 104-run stand by way of the center overs, with each batters scoring half-centuries. Iftikhar, considerably bizarrely, gestured to shush the Rawalpindi crowd after attending to the mark in 28 balls, whilst his aspect was effectively on target to be silenced earlier than the playoffs for the fourth successive season.

It was Afridi who dismissed him with a slower ball to ease any Multan nerves, however to Gladiators’ credit score, they saved hammering away. Mohammad Nawaz struck a 4 off his first ball, whereas Akmal and Umaid smashed sixes of theirs, and although the wickets saved tumbling, the runs have been steadily being knocked off. When Akmal smashed two sixes within the seventeenth to go away Gladiators needing 56 off 22, they may even have been slim favourites, however Afridi would have the ultimate say.

Three wickets off successive balls straddling two overs have been the icing on the cake, as Afridi achieved simply the fifth PSL hat-trick, and although Gladiators raged towards the dying of the sunshine, the sunshine actually was going out for them. The scoreline may say they fell brief by simply 9 runs, however this elimination is the fourth first-round exit in a row for the 2019 champions. The slim margin of defeat can not detract from the gulf between them in a league the place most of their rivals have pulled far out of sight.

Danyal Rasool is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @Danny61000



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