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SHARJAH: Islamabad United beat Multan Sultans by 33 runs in the 25th fixture of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 3 at Sharjah cricket stadium on Tuesday.
The victory calls for Misbah-led team on top of PSL points table and also sealed a play-off spot for the one-time trophy winner.
Kieron Pollard’s quick 73 off 47 could not save Multan Sultans as they lost all their top batsmen in the first ten overs with Pollard as their only savior.
The West Indian played a remarkably memorable knock and took all the Islamabad bowlers to cleaners by hitting 6 sixes and five fours.
Earlier, Islamabad batsmen Ronchi’s 58 and Hales’ 46-run innings helped them reach tournament’s second highest total of 185-4 against Sultans after Sultans’ captain Shoaib Malik won the toss and put them into bat.
Ronchi played aggressively from the very first ball smashing three sixes and six boundaries in his 36 ball-58 as he opened the innings with JP Duminy as Islamabad were put into bat first.
Duminy could add just six runs to his account before he got run out.
It was Hales who joined Ronchi when Multan got their first breakthrough on 46, both together put fairly sound partnership of 45 runs on second wicket before Ronchi was bowled off Tahir’s sharply spun delivery.
Hussain Talat once again proved as an unflagging buttress for his team as he struck 36 runs at crucial stage.
Hales added a valuable 46 to Islamabad’s total.
Asif Ali and Faheem Ashraf remained not out on 17 and 13 runs respectively.
Umar Gul bagged two, while Imran Tahir took one wicket.
United’s victory sealed the PSL play-off spot for them while Multan Sultans can pray that Peshawar lose one of their two matches so that they can qualify as last four.