Karachi [Pakistan]February 24 (ANI): Tom Kohler-Cadmore’s half century and Rapid Fire 24, not by Haider Ali, led Peshawar Zalmi to an exciting win over Multan Sultans with six wickets in the fifth game of PSL 6 at the Karachi National Stadium Tuesday.
Tom, who appeared in the third edition for Quetta Gladiators, replaced his compatriot Liam Livingstone in Peshawar Zalmi shortly before the start of this year’s edition. The right-handed batsman scored the first hit with 53 of 32 balls, six fours and six balls.
Zalmi chased 194 to win and got off to a solid start with openers Kamran Akmal and Imam ul Haq taking full advantage of the power play and posting 56 without a loss. It was the leg spinner Usman Qadir who broke the opening partnership in his first over, the seventh inning, when he bamboozled Kamran with a googly and held him trapped in the LBW. Kamran had started to look menacing when he beat Shahid Afridi for six and four in the previous game. The wicketkeeper batsman smashed a total of five fours and two sixs in his 37 of 24.
After Kamran’s departure, Imam was accompanied by Tom, who announced his arrival by hitting Afridi in the eighth innings over two consecutive boundaries. Tom was equally supported by Imam, who kept the scoreboard moving as Zalmi finished 100th in 11th place.
After the departure of Imam (48 of 39, five fours) and Tom (53 of 32, six fours, one six), Zalmi was in trouble and needed 34 of three overs. The young Haider joined an experienced Shoaib Malik, and both batsmen brought Zalmi home with a replacement.
Haider played a sensational stroke, smoked two sixes – the last sealed the match – and as many fours to score a brilliant eight-ball 24. Shoaib returned unbeaten at eleven out of five.
Previously, Multan Sultans had 193 runs on the board after being put in the bat, despite losing Chris Lynn to one in the second run.
James Vince joined his captain Mohammad Rizwan when the scoreboard read six for one. Once both batsmen were together, they played shots with ease. Wicketkeeper batsman Rizwan, who represents and leads sultans for the first time in PSL 6, hit three fours and two sixs in his stroke of 41 out of 28 balls. Before falling to Mohammad Imran, Rizwan had contributed an 82 run stand for the second wicket.
Vince continued to play his punches all over the floor, bringing his third PSL fifty in the 15th over innings of only 39 balls. With Sohaib Maqsood he got a capable partner who came in fourth and kept the scoreboard moving.
Both batsmen accumulated 48 runs from over 14 to 16 before Sohaib fell to Saqib Mahmood in 17th. Sohaib scored 36 of 21 balls, including four fours and two sixs.
That sultans could book an impressive sum was big because Vince had 84 out of 55, including nine fours and three towering sixes. Rilee Rossouw scored 14 of eight balls unbeaten, hitting four and six.
For Peshawar Zalmi, the fast right-armed Mahmood was the most successful bowler with two wickets for 36.
Short score: Multan Sultans 193-4 (James Vince 84, Mohammad Rizwan 41; Saqib Mahmood 2-36); Peshawar Zalmi 197-4 (Tom Kohler-Cadmore 53, Imam ul Haq 48; Shahnawaz Dhani 2-44). (ANI)
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