In the fifth game of the Pakistan Super League 2023 on Friday, Multan Sultans defeated Peshawar Zalmi by a significant margin of 56 runs (February 17). When batting first, Rilee Rossouw’s outstanding knock of 75 off just 36 deliveries enabled Sultans to amass a significant 210/3 total. Then, Usama Mir and Ihsanullah led Sultans to an important victory with their respective three-wicket spells.
Babar Azam, who won the toss for Peshawar, decided to chase after making one substitution of Carlos Brathwaite for Akeal Hosein. Rovman Powell replaced Shakib Al Hasan in the playing Eleven for the Multans team, who defeated Gladiators by nine wickets.
Babar chose to bowl first, but it was a mistake because the Sultans’ hitters dominated the innings and scored another high total. In just 7.2 overs, Shan Masood and Mohammad Rizwan put together a fast 54-run partnership for the first wicket. Shan’s wicket, who scored 20 off 25 for Salman Irshad, gave Peshawar a chance, but Rizwan continued to destroy the bowlers with another fifty.
For the second wicket, Rizwan and Rossouw put up a 62-run partnership, with the former scoring 66 off 42. But, the South African, who scored 75 runs at a strike rate of 208.33, was the star of the show. A significant score was posted on the scoreboard thanks to rapid cameo strikes from David Miller and Kieron Pollard.
With a quick-fire 41-run partnership with Babar off just 25 balls, the young wicketkeeper batsman Mohamamd Haris gave Peshawar the fast start they required. However after just scoring nine runs, Babar was declared Leg Before Wicket (LBW) on Ihsanullah’s delivery in the fifth over.
Another brisk 47-run partnership for the second wicket between Haris and Saim Ayub, both 20 years old, kept the scoring going and kept Peshawar in the chase. In the ninth over, Haris was out after scoring 40 off of 23 but Ayub still managed to reach a significant fifty.
While Powell rapidly added 23 runs as the Sultans bowlers controlled the middle overs, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, the game’s hero, only managed to score three runs. Although Abbas dismissed Powell, Usama Mir claimed crucial dismissals of Kohler-Cadmore and Bhanuka Rajapaksa.
Usama took Saim Ayub’s significant wicket to finish his inning with three for 22, and Peshawar promptly fell apart like a house of cards. Ihsanullah claimed two additional wickets to dismiss Peshawar in 18.5 overs for just 154 runs. With two victories from their first three games, the victory helped Sultans further solidify their position atop the standings. Peshawar Zalmi, with a win from their first two games, remained in third place.