Amid coronavirus pandemic, PSL is lucky to have not canceled or postponed its last matches but they are being held behind closed doors. So, no audience today was present as the stadium seats were empty. No one was there to cheer up the players to chant for their teams and to boost their morals and this decision was best in the people’s health interest. Today’s nail-biting thriller contest was between the previous one-time champion and two-times runner up Peshawar Zalmi vs the newbie Multan Sultans.
Multan Sultans lost the toss and were made to bat first in the national stadium Karachi. However, Zalmi's squad is totally washed-out with their foreign player as they decided to depart Pakistan upon permitted from PCB amid fears of coronavirus travel restrictions that may be imposed as a result of the speedily affecting worldwide health crisis. While Sultans have been affected by the absence of James Vince and Rilee Rossouw with their will to leave the country. Still, three foreign players show their will to be a part of the league till the end.
Zeeshan Ashraf’s sizzling 52 of 39 balls didn’t go in vain and was awarded the man of the match award for his superb innings. The power play was finished with 39 runs on the scoreboard with the fall of one wicket only of opener Rohail Nazir. Masood joined one down to carry on the batting but was caught out by Hassan Ali’s slower bouncer. After the first two stable partnerships, Masood’s team struggled for fluency in the second half. Zalmi came back in the game with the brilliance of Sohail Tanvir’s bowling. Then Shahid Afridi’s kick start directly from fifth gear gave sultan’s a ray of hope for a better total but that didn’t last long when faced by the furious pace of experienced Wahab Riaz. At that point, Sultans were clearly at loss in terms of the expected total with a poor run rate. In the end, Khushdil Shah stole the show by finishing 30 runs off 20 balls with 19 on his last 6 balls only, giving a total of 154 for the team.
Zalmi who already was shattered last by Lahore Qalanders again gave a poor start. There were big expectations from Kamran Akmal as he has been the star performer of Zalmi from several seasons. He also went good with his bat in initial matches but couldn’t prove himself in the need of the hour. His bails went off after a nick by the tall, Muhammad Irfan. Wahab Riaz promoted himself up the order to save the day but of no use, as he fell prey at the slip with a dicing catch by Moeen Ali on Sohail Tanvir’s away going ball. Two new batsmen, Imam ul Haq and Umer Amin were at the grease. They took their time to settle and made a partnership of 48 when Umer Amin misjudged the spin by Moeen Ali. Shoaib Akmal joined in and gave Sultans a set back with the partnership of 70 of 46 balls only and brought Zalmi back in the game. Here comes Ali Shafiq, the man not only picked the experienced Shoaib Malik but also fade the star Haider Ali of Zalmi right after. Tailenders tried their best to finish the game on their side but couldn’t stand the Sultan’s bowling attack and miss the win by 3 runs only.
Both the teams retained their position at the standings table.