PSL 9: Imad Wasim Leads Islamabad United to Thrilling Victory in PSL Playoffs Qualifier

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Breaking: Islamabad United achieved a remarkable victory against Multan Sultans, securing their place in the PSL playoffs. The match witnessed an exceptional display of resilience and aggression from Islamabad, as they successfully chased down a challenging target of 229 runs set by Multan Sultans. Colin Munro and Shadab Khan laid a solid foundation with their explosive batting performances, but it was Imad Wasim’s excellent knock in the final overs that sealed the victory for Islamabad.

Despite Multan’s efforts, including Abbas Afridi’s impactful bowling, Islamabad reached the target with three balls to spare, showcasing the thrilling essence of PSL cricket. Earlier, Multan Sultans had set a daunting target with Usman Khan’s sensational century being the highlight of their innings. However, Islamabad’s bowlers put up a commendable effort, restricting Multan to 228/4 in 20 overs.

Multan Sultans vs Islamabad United, Match 27, PSL 9

Match Summary Scorecard Image, Multan Sultans vs Islamabad United, Match 27, March 10, PSL 2024

Islamabad United’s Sensational Chase Secures Playoff Spot in PSL Season 9

In a thrilling encounter at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Islamabad United pulled off a remarkable chase to secure a spot in the playoffs of Pakistan Super League Season 9. Chasing a daunting target of 229 runs set by Multan Sultans, Islamabad’s batsmen displayed resilience and aggression, with Imad Wasim’s heroics in the final overs propelling them to victory.

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Islamabad United Batting Scorecard

Colin Munro844095210.00
Alex Hales01000.00
Agha Salman250040.00
Shadab Khan (c)543162174.19
Azam Khan †02000.00
Haider Ali191340146.15
Faheem Ashraf231421164.28
Imad Wasim30*1341230.76
Naseem Shah1*100100.00
TOTAL (20 ov)232

Did not bat: Hunain Shah, Tymal Mills

Fall of wickets:
1-1 (Alex Hales, 0.2 ov)
2-4 (Agha Salman, 1.4 ov)
3-145 (Shadab Khan, 12.2 ov)
4-149 (Azam Khan, 12.4 ov)
5-157 (Colin Munro, 13.6 ov)
6-181 (Haider Ali, 16.1 ov)
7-221 (Faheem Ashraf, 19.3 ov)

Multan Sultans Bowling Scorecard

David Willey403017.504110
Mohammad Ali4044211.004130
Chris Jordan4042110.503210
Usama Mir4068017.008400
Abbas Afridi4040310.006110

The match began with Multan Sultans opting to bat first after winning the toss. Their innings was characterized by power-hitting and aggressive stroke play, as they amassed a formidable total of 229 runs for the loss of seven wickets in their allotted 20 overs. Colin Munro was the star performer for Islamabad United with the bat, scoring a blistering 84 runs off just 40 deliveries, including nine boundaries and five towering sixes. He received valuable support from Shadab Khan, who contributed a vital 54 runs off 31 balls.

However, Islamabad United’s innings got off to a shaky start as they lost two early wickets in the very first over, with Alex Hales and Agha Salman departing without troubling the scorers much. But a sensational partnership between Colin Munro and Shadab Khan steadied the ship for Islamabad, as they put on a breathtaking 141-run stand for the third wicket in just 64 balls.

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Imad Wasim’s Brilliance in the Last Overs Against Multan Sultans

Despite losing wickets at regular intervals, Islamabad United kept the required run rate in check, thanks to some aggressive stroke play by their middle-order batsmen. Imad Wasim played a superb knock under pressure, smashing an unbeaten 30 runs off just 13 deliveries to guide his team over the finish line.

The last over of the innings witnessed high drama and tension as Abbas Afridi aimed to defend 16 runs. Imad Wasim, on strike, showcased nerves of steel as he powered Islamabad to victory with two sensational shots. The first was a breathtaking SIX over long-off, followed by a boundary down the ground that sealed the win for Islamabad United and propelled them into the playoffs.

Multan Sultans bowlers tried their best to contain the flow of runs, with Abbas Afridi being the pick of the bowlers, claiming three crucial wickets for 40 runs in his four overs. However, their efforts were not enough to prevent Islamabad United from reaching the target with three balls to spare.

With this victory, Islamabad United secured their place in the playoffs of PSL Season 9, much to the delight of their fans. They will now look to carry this momentum forward as they aim to clinch the title in the upcoming matches.

Overall, it was a thrilling contest between bat and ball, showcasing the excitement and entertainment that the Pakistan Super League has to offer. Cricket fans were treated to a spectacle of power-hitting and skillful bowling, making it a match to remember in the annals of PSL history.

Multan Sultans Set Towering Target of 229 Runs against Islamabad United

Multan Sultans set a formidable target of 229 runs for Islamabad United to chase after winning the toss and electing to field first. The match, which took place on March 10, 2024, witnessed a stunning display of power-hitting and strategic gameplay from both teams.

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Multan Sultans Batting Scorecard

Yasir Khan33162342206.25
Mohammad Rizwan20173221117.64
Usman Khan1005070153200.00
Johnson Charles42183233233.33
Iftikhar Ahmed13122020108.33
Chris Jordan1571111214.28
Source: espncricinfo

Did not bat:
Tayyab Tahir,
David Willey,
Usama Mir,
Abbas Afridi,
Mohammad Ali

Fall of wickets:
1-44 (Yasir Khan, 4.3 ov)
2-58 (Mohammad Rizwan, 5.6 ov)
3-144 (Johnson Charles, 13.2 ov)
4-198 (Iftikhar Ahmed, 17.4 ov)

Islamabad United Bowling Scorecard:

Naseem Shah403117.75114020
Imad Wasim302909.6684100
Faheem Ashraf3032210.6684200
Hunain Shah2029114.5023200
Tymal Mills4052013.0057200
Shadab Khan4052013.0045300

The innings for Multan Sultans began with an explosive start during the Powerplay, with the team racking up 58 runs for the loss of 2 wickets. Yasir Khan and Mohammad Rizwan provided a fiery start, scoring 33 and 20 runs respectively. However, Faheem Ashraf’s bowling prowess claimed crucial wickets, including that of Rizwan, restricting the Sultans’ early onslaught.

Usman Khan’s Brilliant Century & PSL History Record

Usman Khan emerged as the batting powerhouse for Multan Sultans, delivering a scintillating performance that left the opposition reeling. Khan’s magnificent century off just 50 balls comprised 15 boundaries and 3 sixes, showcasing his remarkable skill and determination. Usman became the first batsman to score two centuries in a single season of the Pakistan Super League/PSL history. His partnership with Johnson Charles, who contributed a brisk 42 runs, propelled Multan Sultans to a commanding position.

Iftikhar Ahmed and Chris Jordan provided valuable support in the latter stages of the innings, with Ahmed adding 13 runs to the total before being dismissed by Naseem Shah. Jordan’s quickfire 15 runs off 7 balls further bolstered the Sultans’ score as they reached a daunting total of 228 runs for the loss of 4 wickets at the end of their allotted 20 overs.

The bowling effort from Islamabad United was commendable, with Faheem Ashraf and Hunain Shah picking up crucial wickets to stem the flow of runs. Naseem Shah also made an impact with the ball, claiming a vital wicket and showcasing his bowling prowess under pressure. Despite the challenges posed by Multan Sultans’ formidable batting lineup, Islamabad United remains determined to chase down the target and secure victory in this thrilling encounter.