Pakistan Pakistan Super League

Multan Sultans Crush Karachi Kings in Dominant Start to PSL 9 

Multan Sultans vs Karachi Kings PSL 9
Credit: PSL/PCB

The Multan Sultans, stung by last season’s runner-up finish, have taken a commanding first step in PSL 9. They dominated the Karachi Kings on their home turf, cruising to a 55-run victory at the Multan Cricket Stadium.

Hendricks, Malan Lay Solid Foundation

Put into bat, the Sultans relied heavily on their top order. Opener Reeza Hendricks, making his PSL debut, and Dawid Malan stitched together a crucial 121-run partnership for the second wicket. Hendricks, showcasing his prowess, smashed an unbeaten 79 off 54 balls, while Malan contributed a solid 52. Khushdil Shah’s late cameo of 28 off 13 further propelled the Sultans to a competitive 185/2.

Karachi Kings Falter in Reply

Chasing 186, the Kings’ innings never quite got going. David Willey’s impressive new-ball spell saw them lose both openers cheaply. While Shan Masood and Shoaib Malik offered some resistance with a 52-run stand, the Sultans’ bowling attack, spearheaded by Mohammad Ali’s three wickets, kept chipping away at their progress. Keiron Pollard’s late flourish couldn’t prevent the Kings from falling short by 55 runs, succumbing to 130/8.

Sultans Bowling Shines

The Sultans’ bowling attack was clinical, with Ali emerging as the star performer. His 3/23 in four overs stifled the Kings’ chase. Abbas Afridi and David Willey provided valuable support with two wickets each, while Usama Mir also chipped in with one.

Hendricks Takes Player of the Match Laurels

Reeza Hendricks’ unbeaten 79, the cornerstone of the Sultans’ batting effort, earned him the Player of the Match award. His innings showcased his clean hitting and ability to anchor the innings.

Looking Ahead

With this convincing win, the Multan Sultans have sent a strong message to the rest of the HBL PSL 9 competition. They will look to build on this momentum as they continue their quest for the coveted trophy.

Scores in brief:

Multan Sultans 185-2, 20 overs (Reeza Hendricks 79 not out, Dawid Malan 52, Khushdil Shah 28 not out; Mir Hamza 1-30, Daniel Sams 1-37)

Karachi Kings 130-8, 20 overs (Shoaib Malik 53, Shan Masood 30, Kieron Pollard 28 not out; Mohammad Ali 3-23, Abbas Afridi 2-16, David Willey 2-22)

Result: Multan Sultans beat Karachi Kings by 55 runs

Player of the match – Reeza Hendricks (Multan Sultans)

Tomorrow’s fixture: Lahore Qalandars vs Quetta Gladiators, Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore (1900 PKT)