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Sultans in biggest Pakistan Super Lge win

Defending champions Multan Sultans have recorded the second-highest total in the history of Pakistan Super League to set up a record-breaking 117-run win over Quetta Gladiators.

Led by captain Mohammad Rizwan’s 83 not out, his fifth half-century this season, and a thunderous 71 off just 26 balls from South African Rilee Rossouw, Multan racked up 3-245 off their 20 overs on Friday.

Rizwan, who had won the toss and opted to bat first, saw his side’s total fall just short of Islamabad United’s PSL record total of 2-247 against Peshawar Zalmi in Abu Dhabi last year.

Quetta then folded meekly for 128 in 15.5 overs against the pace and spin of Multan, despite Umar Akmal scoring a rapid 23-ball 50 while Jason Roy (38) and captain Sarfaraz Ahmed (17 not out) also made double figures.

The winning margin beat the ruthless Multan’s previous league record when they beat Quetta by 110 runs in Abu Dhabi last year.

Multan fast bowlers Shahnawaz Dahani and David Willey finished with identical figures of 2-22 while left-arm spinners Khushdil Shah and Asif Afridi also picked up two wickets apiece.

Multan’s impressive run in the tournament continued as they’ve lost only one game out of nine and have 16 points.

The in-form opening pair of Rizwan and Shan Masood, who made 57, laid the foundation of a big total with a century stand in the first 10 overs.

South Africa’s left-hander Rossouw then hit boundaries at will after Masood was trapped leg before wicket in the 12th over by tall Pakistan international fast bowler Mohammad Irfan in his first PSL game this season.

Rossouw smashed nine fours and four sixes and Multan blasted 81 runs off the last five overs against expensive fast bowlers Sohail Tanvir (0-52) and Ghulam Mudassar (1-56). Spinner Noor Ahmed was also not spared, finishing with 0-52.

In the day’s later match on the same pitch, Karachi Kings finally broke their eight-match losing streak with a 22-run win over Lahore Qalandars.

Karachi pinned down Lahore to 9-127 after getting bowled out for 149 in 19.5 overs, a result which brought much relief to Karachi captain Babar Azam, who top-scored with 39 for the league’s basement club.

Left-arm paceman Mir Hamza took the heart out of Lahore’s chase with 4-27.

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