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MUL beat KAR: Captain Mohammed Rizwan’s fifty, Imran Tahir’s 3-fer help Multan seal comfortable 7-wicket win over Babar’s Karachi in PSL opener

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MUL beat KAR- PSL 2022: Defending champions Multan Sultans got their campaign off to a perfect start with a comfortable seven-wicket win over the Karachi Kings on Thursday. Chasing 125 to win, captain Mohammed Rizwan chipped in with an unbeaten half-century to see his team over the line, with Shan Masood and Sohaib Maqsood chipping in with cameos. Earlier in the day, it was Imran Tahir’s three-wicket haul that dented Karachi’s hopes of putting on a huge score, as they draggged themselves to 124. Follow PSL 2022 Live Updates on InsideSport.IN.

MUL beat KAR: Captain Mohammed Rizwan’s fifty, Imran Tahir’s 3-fer help Multan seal comfortable 7-wicket win over Babar’s Karachi in PSL opener

Multan Sultans innings – 126/3 (18.2 ov)

Batsmen R B 4S 6S SR
Shan Masood c L Gregory b Mohammad Ilyas 26 18 2 1 144.44
Mohammad Rizwan (WK/C) Not out 52 47 5 1 110.64
Sohaib Maqsood st JM Clarke b Mohammad Nabi 30 31 0 2 96.77
Rilee Rossouw c JM Clarke b Mohammad Nabi 2 4 0 0 50.00
Tim David Not out 12 10 0 1 120.00
Extra 4 (b 2, w 2, nb 0, lb 0)
Total 126/3 (18.2)
Yet To Bat Ihsanullah JanatKhushdil ShahDJ WilleyImran TahirShahnawaz DahaniImran Khan
BOWLING O M R W ECON
Aamer Yamin 2 0 14 0 7.00
Mohammad Imran 3 0 30 0 10.00
Mohammad Ilyas 1 0 2 1 2.00
Umaid Asif 2 0 10 0 5.00
Mohammad Taha Khan 4 0 32 0 8.00
Lewis Gregory 3 0 19 0 6.33
Mohammad Nabi 3.2 0 17 2 5.10
Fall Of Wickets FOW Over
Shan Masood 1-38 4.6
Sohaib Maqsood 2-101 14.2
RR Rossouw 3-103 14.5

Karachi Kings innings – 124/5 (20 ov)

Batsmen R B 4S 6S SR
Sharjeel Khan c Shan Masood b Imran Tahir 43 31 3 3 138.71
Babar Azam (C) c DJ Willey b Khushdil Shah 23 29 1 0 79.31
Joe Clarke (WK) c RR Rossouw b Shahnawaz Dahani 26 24 1 0 108.33
Mohammad Nabi c & b Imran Tahir 10 17 0 0 58.82
Tom Lammonby b Imran Tahir 1 2 0 0 50.00
Lewis Gregory Not out 14 16 1 0 87.50
Aamer Yamin Not out 1 3 0 0 33.33
Extra 6 (b 1, w 1, nb 2, lb 2)
Total 124/5 (20)
Yet To Bat Mohammad ImranMohammad Taha KhanUmaid AsifMohammad Ilyas
BOWLING O M R W ECON
David Willey 4 0 29 0 7.25
Imran Khan 4 0 32 0 8.00
Shahnawaz Dahani 3 0 14 1 4.67
Tim David 2 0 19 0 9.50
Imran Tahir 4 0 16 3 4.00
Khushdil Shah 2 0 8 1 4.00
Ihsanullah Janat 1 0 3 0 3.00
Fall Of Wickets FOW Over
Sharjeel Khan 1-66 9.2
Babar Azam 2-71 10.4
Mohammad Nabi 3-103 16.1
TA Lammonby 4-105 16.4
JM Clarke 5-110 17.5

The Multan Sultans will be led by Pakistan wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan who has been in terrific form over the last year in the shortest format of the game. Having won the title last year the team will look to put up another good show this year.

Captain Rizwan, who has scored over 2000 runs in T20s last year is expected to replicate his fine form with the bat in the tournament. Apart from Rizwan, the Sultans boast of a good batting line-up with Rilee Rossouw, Johnson Charles, Singapore’s Tim David, among the foreigners. Pakistan’s Sohaib Maqsood, who was the league’s third-highest run-getter last year should once again perform well with the bat.

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Multan’s bowling line-up is led by 23-year old Shahnawaz Dahani, who was the highest wicket-taker last year. The right-arm pacer attracted eyeballs last season with the bucket of variations and wicket-taking ability. He now returns to the league as a capped player and will once again be the player to watch out for. With leg-spinner Imrah Tahir, left-arm seamers David Willey, Dominic Drakes and Rumman Raees, Multan Sultans enter the tournament as favourites.

KAR vs MUL LIVE: Defending champions Multan Sultans face Babar Azam led Karachi Kings in season opener – Follow PSL 2022 LIVE updates

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For Karachi Kings, Babar Azam is the main man. In the last 10 matches for Karachi Kings, the skipper has scored 530 runs at a striking average of 75 and a strike rate of 133. Other than Babar, the team also has the likes of opener Sharjeel Khan.

Mohammad Ilyas has been the best bowler for Karachi Kings and has picked up 8 wickets from his last 5 matches. The team also has the likes of left-arm spinner Imad Wasim. At the draft this year they have picked England all-rounder Lewis Gregory and already have Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi in their ranks.

With Pakistan’s two best batters Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam facing off each other, the match promises to be a close contest. The defending champions slightly edge Karachi Kings in terms of experience in both departments. Rizwan and Babar’s form will once again be crucial to both the teams.

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KAR vs MUL LIVE: Defending champions Multan Sultans face Babar Azam led Karachi Kings in season opener – Follow PSL 2022 LIVE updates

COVID CONCERNS

The tournament is being played amid Covid concerns. Five days ago, the PCB said three cricketers including Peshawar Zalmi’s Kamran Akmal and five members of the support staff from different franchises had tested positive for COVID-19 upon entering the bio-bubble at Karachi. Two days ago, Karachi Kings President Wasim Akram, too tested positive.

However Pakistan Cricket Board is confident of hosting the month-long tournament successfully with robust” COVID-19 health and safety protocols in place. “In the present-day environment, all international sport events are going ahead because there is more awareness and information about the pandemic,” PCB chairman Ramiz Raja told The Associated Press on the eve of the Pakistan Super League.

KAR vs MUL LIVE: Defending champions Multan Sultans face Babar Azam led Karachi Kings in season opener – Follow PSL 2022 LIVE updates

How to watch Pakistan Super League?

  • In India, Sony Sports Network will broadcast all the matches.
  • PSL 2022 Live streaming will be available on SonyLiv app.
  • In Pakistan, A Sports and PTV Sports will broadcast PSL 7 LIVE
  • Willow TV (North America), Flow Sports (Caribbean), Sky Sports (United Kingdom), Sky Sport (New Zealand) and SuperSport (Africa).

PSL 2022 Start times: Matches start at 7:30 PM IST. On Friday double-headers, the first match starts at 3:30 PM IST and the second match at 8:30 PM IST. On other double-header days, the first matches start at 2:30 PM IST and the second match at 7:30 PM IST.

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