Recent match report – Kings vs Sultans 14th match 2022/23

karachi kings 167 for 3 (Tayyab 65, Wade 46, Ihsanullah 2-22) hit Multan Sultans 101 (Rizwan 29, Malik 3-16, Shamsi 3-18) for 66 runs

The Karachi Kings’ see-saw in this season’s PSL continued, with the pattern of tight finishes and rather one-sided wins alternating for a fourth consecutive match. The latest addition to the list was when they beat Multan Sultans by 66 runs on Sunday, just days after losing by three runs against the same team.

Kings made three changes against the Sultans table leaders as Tayyab Tahir, who came on for Haider Ali, scored a stunning half-century on his PSL debut to help Kings to 167. Tabraiz Shamsi, replacing Imran Tahir in the side, then claimed three crucial mid-order wickets to help bowl out the Sultans for just 101.

Put in for a pinch hit, James Vince got off to a quick start for the Kings. The first time around, he faced Akeal Hosein and Anwar Ali – both of whom had entered the Sultans’ XI – and raced for 27 from 11 deliveries, before hitting a catch midway through Anwar for the fourth finish.

But Tayyab ensured the wicket did not break his momentum, hitting the first delivery he faced for a boundary at mid-wicket. He dominated a 109-run partnership with Matthew Wade, scoring quickly and keeping the pressure on the Australian, who struggled to reach 46 from 47 balls.

Tayyab attacked the offside and leg side with equal ease and hit eight fours as he recovered his 33-delivery half-century. With his fifty won in the 14th over he hit Abbas Afridi to just six in the next but slowed down after that as Sultans bowled 31 bowls without conceding a boundary.

Tayyab was finally trapped by Ihsanullah late in the 17th when the runs for Kings had dried up. Ihsanullah also castled Wade in the penultimate end of the inning, but Imad’s final shot of 14 on six pitches helped Kings finish strong.

The Sultans’ chase began with Shan Masood getting off to a fast start – he finished on 25 from 16 balls – before an inside lead to wicketkeeper Wade from Akif Javed ended his innings. But Masood’s opening partner Mohammad Rizwan, who scored a dazzling century in the last meeting between the two teams, forged ahead even as Shoaib Malik and Shamsi dismissed Rilee Rossouw and David Miller respectively.

And soon after in the 11th over, Tayyab’s fantastic day continued as he made a superb dive into Rizwan’s tip point to give Malik his second wicket. Shamsi then batted in each of his next two overs, bowling Khushdil Shah and sending Usama Mir close in the long-off to finish with figures of 3 for 18 that earned him Player of the Match accolades.

The Sultans innings looked to be heading towards a hurried conclusion as Imad then removed Carlos Brathwaite and Hosein in the 15th over before Akif Raja also claimed his second wicket when Anwar Ali cut a catch to the deep point.

Malik then trapped Afridi lbw to seal the victory for the Kings, who although picking up two points, remained in third place on the points table only due to a better net run rate over Lahore Qalandars and Peshawar Zalmi, with all three sides at four points each.

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