Lewis Gregory’s unbeaten 49 and two wickets helped Islamabad United beat Multan Sultans in the PSL. – Pakistan Super League / Twitter
Lewis Gregory struck a bat and ball to help two-time champions Islamabad United beat Multan Sultans in the Pakistan Super League to a win over three wickets on Sunday.
The fast bowler Shaheen Afridi and Afghan legspinner Rashid Khan spurred Lahore Qalandars to an early game win over former champions Peshawar Zalmi with four wickets.
Gregory, a 28-year-old Englishman, claimed 2-31 after Islamabad voted for the Feld had decided. Multan was limited to 150-8, with skipper Mohammad Rizwan occasionally playing 71 of 53 balls
Veteran Shahid Afridi gave Multan hope when the 40-year-old leg spinner bagged 2:24, made a catch and Iftikhar Ahmed did a brilliant job of it direct throw ran.
But Gregory’s unbeaten 49 of 31 balls, including six and three fours from four consecutive balls in the penultimate game against Sohail Tanvir, drove Islamabad to 151-7 with six balls.
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Previously, Shaheen Afridi sacked 3-14 and Rashid didn’t put a limit on his impressive PSL debut numbers of 0-14 as Peshawar was limited to 140-6.
Rashid’s martial, unbeaten 27 balls out of 15 – including six against Midwicket – helped Lahore go to 143-6 in 18.3 overs to give last year’s finalists a successful start.
« I call this the mini-helicopter, just try it » said Rashid, who will play in just one more PSL game before joining Afghanistan for his series against Zimbabwe.
« The best thing is to end it with the bat and I have an opportunity today » he said.
Afridi caught Imam-ul-Haq from the first ball after Lahore skipper Sohail Akhtar won the throw and decided to go on the field.
Former Pakistani captain Shoaib Malik (26) left Peshawar 46: 4 in the eighth game when he beat the South African sailor David Wiese ng.
Ravi Bopara (50 of 44 balls) revived the innings with a fierce half century, adding 64 runs with West Indian Sherfane Rutherford (26) before Afridi returned in the final overs and sacked both batsmen to Peshawar.
Lahore crossed at 109-4, but Englishman Saqib Mahmood (2-22) briefly halted his progress with the gates of Samit Patel (8) and Wiese, who made successive deliveries in 16 over.
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However, Rashid made sure that Lahore didn’t slip as he scored most of the rating and the experienced Mohammad Hafeez didn’t drop out at 33.
« I think it was a good start to their bowling », said Peshawar Skipper Wahab Riaz. “There was a little in the wicket and the bowlers made really good use of it. The (batsmen) should have taken a little longer, but I think the positive was the way Shoaib, Ravi and Rutherford played. «
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