PSL 2019: Umar Siddiq, Dan Christian star in Multan's six-wicket win over Islamabad

Waseem Ahmed 23:15 26/02/2019
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Umar Siddiq shines for Multan. Image - @thePSLt20/Twitter.

A strong bowling display was at the heart of Multan Sultans’ six-wicket win over Islamabad United in a 2019 Pakistan Super League (PSL) clash at Dubai.

Multan’s bowlers bundled out Islamabad for just 121 runs before their batsmen chased down the target in 18.1 overs to complete a double over the defending champions.

Multan opener Umar Siddiq was given two reprieves in the first over before he forged a 54-run stand with James Vince.

It was spin which helped Islamabad finally get the breakthrough with Samit Patel ending Vince’s 28-run cameo before Shadab Khan trapped Johnson Charles on the pads.

Siddiq continued to power on for Multan with the wicketkeeper’s 45-ball 46 setting up an excellent platform before he and Laurie Evans fell in quick succession to give Islamabad hope.

Dan Christian was on hand, however, to finish the job for Multan though with the Aussie backing up his bowling display with some lusty hits.

Earlier, Islamabad United’s innings got off to a poor start after they were made to bat first with Cameron Delport falling to young Mohammad Ilyas in the very first over.

Luke Ronchi, though, was a man on a mission with the Kiwi veteran starting his innings with a barrage of boundaries but wickets kept falling on a regular interval for Islamabad with veteran Shahid Afridi picking up two on his 300th T20 appearance.

Asif Ali provided some late fireworks with the bat for Islamabad but a three-wicket burst from Dan Christian meant that the defending champions were unable to see out their quota of 20 overs.

BRIEF SCORES

Islamabad United: 121 all out

Dan Christian: 3-19

Nauman Ali: 2-14

Multan Sultans: 122-4

Umar Siddiq: 46 (45)

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