Saturday’s second match of the Pakistan Super League dominated by the bowlers of Multan Sultans’ – especially to say by the prickly Proteas spinner Imran Tahir, whose hat-trick inflicted a terrific collapse in Quetta Gladiators’ batting line up; they lost half of their batsmen for a single run at the end.
Multan Sultans won the toss and sent Quetta Gladiators to bat first and straight away started picking up wickets regularly.
First the showdown came from Sohail Tanvir accompanying by Zunaid Khan. Umar Amin and Shane Watson tried to put up a sound opening partnership. In one ball less to four overs, they together scored 27 before Sohail Tanvir hit for the first time.
Zunaid Khan struck in successive overs with Sohail Tanvir taking one more wicket, Quetta fell in faltering position.
Instead of being rescued lately, the rest of the batting line up slipped against Imran Tahir’s poisonous spin.
In the mid of the innings, first Hasan Khan was uprooted by Tahir. John Hastings, before getting into anything, saw his stumps shattered as well in the next delivery.
Whatever anticipation might Rahat Ali did facing the hat-trick ball, went all in vain. Tahir just trapped him plumb in front thus pinned the coffin of Quetta for this match.
For Multan Sultans, more showdown was yet to be revealed. Opening the batting, Kumar Sangakkara smashed a half century on the way to win the target of 102 runs, making it a span of time for Multan to equal in the table toppers Karachi Kings.
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