Twitter Reactions: Shoaib Malik and Shahid Afridi take Multan Sultans to maiden win this season
For the United, Luke Ronchi scored a half-century.
Published - Feb 16, 2019 8:57 pm | Updated - Feb 16, 2019 8:57 pm
The encounter between Islamabad United and Multan Sultans in Dubai turned out to be a closely-fought affair. In the end, it was the Sultans, who managed to win by five wins and registered their maiden victory in this edition’s Pakistan Super League (PSL). The United, led by Mohammad Sami, would be disappointed that they couldn’t carry on after their win against Lahore Qalandars in the opening game.
Ronchi plays a lone hand
After winning the toss and electing to bowl first, Multan Sultans restricted the United to 125 for seven. From the United’s perspective, Luke Ronchi did a chunk of the work. The former international cricketer racked up 51 runs from 33 deliveries with one boundary and five over-boundaries. The veteran took his team off to a blistering start and eventually fell prey to leg-spinner Shahid Afridi in the ninth over.
Rizwan Hussain, Cameron Delport, Hussain Talat and Philip Salt got out for single digits. At one point in time, the United were reduced to 76 for six in 11.4 overs. Samit Patel and Faheem Ashraf churned out 20 runs each to ensure that Islamabad post a respectable score after 20 overs. Pacer Ali Shafiq, Afridi and left-arm speedster Junaid Khan got two wickets. Mohammad Irfan picked up the other wicket.
Sultans get over the line
The run-chase didn’t start on a great note as pacer Waqas Maqsood accounted for the wicket of Johnson Charles for a six-ball duck in the second over. Thereafter, Shan Masood and Laurie Evans put their heads down and cobbled together a steady stand of 37 runs from 37 balls. Evans couldn’t time the ball and managed only 15 runs from 25 balls before falling prey to leg-spin bowler Shadab Khan.
Masood succumbed to a run-out after scoring 26 runs with four boundaries. Then skipper Shoaib Malik and Hammad Azam added 32 runs together. Azam perished after an 18-ball 14. Malik didn’t play any rash stroke and remained not out on 31 runs. Afridi and the hulk-like Andre Russell threw the kitchen sink at everything and racked up quickfire knocks of 16 runs each to see the Sultans through.
Here is how Twitter lauded the Sultans
It was very difficult for Multan but he finally won
Well played Shoaib Malik
And Lala congratulations 👍
MS vs IU
HBL PSL 2019
— Farid Ahmed (@FaridFufu84) February 16, 2019
Shoaib Malik and Shahid Afridi 🤗
— Zalmi Qalandars 🇵🇰 (@iSaadAwais22) February 16, 2019
Good win for @MultanSultans
Shoaib Malik with another good knock and with the likes of Russel and Afridi hitting it out of the park, the Sultans look a dangerous outfit!!#IUvMS #PSL4
Time for the big one now though..#KKvsLQ #ComeOnQalandars 😍
— Ali Hadi Naqvi (@AliHadi_97) February 16, 2019
Man of the Match: Boom Boom
— Muhammad Noman (@Noman2294) February 16, 2019
You Beauty ShoaibMalik & ShahidAfridi…👏
— Ishfaq Ahmad (@born_Realist_IK) February 16, 2019
— Wajahat Kazmi (@KazmiWajahat) February 16, 2019
19 year old Umer Khan bowls to Shoaib Malik – a player who has played international cricket for longer than Umer’s age. This is the power of PSL. What a moment for him.
— Roha Nadeem (@RohaNadym) February 15, 2019
— Ali Khayam (@alikhayam_) February 16, 2019
Shoaib Malik, the most sensible player in current Pakistani squad ..#MSvIU
— dead inside, fake outside . (@uxmanxafar) February 16, 2019
Shahid Afridi You Beauty 💞✌️
— Waqar Jallotees (@waqar_jallotees) February 16, 2019
— Maham | (@DheetAfridian) February 16, 2019
So Shahid Afridi today!
He took 2 wickets and a stunning catch!
And also made a new record of only leg spinner with the most wickets in T20s. 💥💙💚
And scored 16 runs With two Gigantic sixes
Shahid Afridi is unstoppable when it comes to making records!💥@SAfridiOfficial😘 pic.twitter.com/4ZoASJCwZM
— __S.H.A.H J.A.H.A.N__ (@shahjahan__10) February 16, 2019
— Umar (@YyoungDesi) February 16, 2019
— 💚 SHOAIB 💚 (@Sarcastifieded) February 16, 2019
— Khalil Khan (@khalil_afridi10) February 16, 2019
Shahid afridi to Islamabad United
— Syed Fawad Gillani (@_Qaddafi) February 16, 2019