Multan Sultans vs Karachi Kings, 16th Match
Multan Sultans won by 12 runs
21:14 Local Time, 17:14 GMT, 22:44 IST: Multan Sultans, despite the win today, are still reeling at No. 5, and the Karachi Kings have managed to maintain their No. 2 spot despite this loss. The latter, however, will need to get over their dependence on Babar Azam and find a new hero. The Sultans need a few more of these "brave" shows, in this climb up the points table. On that note, it's Rishi and Pradeep, signing off from Today livescore. Tune in for the second game of the double-header in 45 minutes. Cheerio!
Mohammad Rizwan | Multan Sultans captain: Every team tries to win, and the toss result is not in our hands, so we didn't think about the uncontrollables, so we just gave our best and ended up on the winning side. We tried deciding according to the conditions - 4 pacers, and 1 spinner, and we'll keep deciding according to the conditions in the future matches.
Rilee Rossouw | Man of the Match: We wanted to play brave cricket, and it paid off for me. That's what the coach and the captain decided on for the team in the team meetings.
Imad Wasim, Losing Captain - They bowled well, perhaps we could have gone hard at the top, but credit to them - they bowled to a plan and executed it well. There was nothing wrong with the way we played, Babar is a class player and he usually does well for us. It was a good wicket, I thought we did well to restrict them under 180 with the way they started. Thought the powerplay was the key in both part of the match
20:58 Local Time, 16:58 GMT, 22:28 IST: It never really took off, or so it seemed. Babar Azam was perhaps the most agitated he's ever been seen with a helmet on on a cricket field, and hacked his way through a crucial period in the game before he got his eye in. Through some fortune and grit, he survived, and stayed through the innings, despite which his team fell well short of the target, due to lack of support from the other end, almost as though Babar has to follow through every time. Walton did provide some support, and it was coming off post the 16th over, a sniff of another heist perhaps, but they failed to hold their nerve and follow through in the final couple of overs after taking it a little too deep - unintentionally perhaps - and the game came to its inevitable conclusion. Presentations coming up in a bit...
KRK: 164-7 after 20 overs
19.6 Imran Khan to Qasim Akram, out Caught by Maqsood! Stands his ground, throws the kitchen sink at another back of a length ball, and slices this straight into the hands of Maqsood at cover who picks this up comfortably to wrap things up for the Multan Sultans. Qasim Akram c Maqsood b Imran Khan 10(3) [4s-1 6s-1]
Imran Khan to Qasim Akram, THATS OUT!! Caught!!
19.5 Imran Khan to Qasim Akram, one , short and into the body, Qasim Akram anticipates this and swivels on his heel, hooking it high over deep square leg for six! All mundane now, all in vain now, but how exciting!
19.4 Imran Khan to Qasim Akram, 4 , throws his hands at the length ball, gets a thick outside edge that's flying down to third man for 4
Qasim Akram, right handed bat, comes to the crease
19.3 Imran Khan to Imad Wasim, out Caught by Rizwan!! He's on a hat-trick, Imran! A short ball, Imad Wasim goes for the hook, gets a feather off the bat and it flies through to the 'keeper who holds onto it. It's all but over now. There was some hope after over #15, but it's all fallen apart for the Kings here. Imad Wasim c Rizwan b Imran Khan 0(1)
Imran Khan to Imad Wasim, THATS OUT!! Caught!!
Imad Wasim, left handed bat, comes to the crease
19.2 Imran Khan to Perera, out Caught by Gurbaz! He hangs back, tries to clear his leg and crash this over long-on, and offers the simplest of catches to Gurbaz at long-on. More disappointingly, they haven't crossed over, and Babar will NOT be on strike next ball. Perera c Gurbaz b Imran Khan 0(2)
Imran Khan to Perera, THATS OUT!! Caught!!
19.1 Imran Khan to Perera, no run, short, attempts the hack-o-hook, misses, and that's a legal ball with no runs. Dot. Gold.
Imran Khan [3.0-0-18-0] is back into the attack
Thisara Perera, left handed bat, comes to the crease
23 off 6. NOW. Can this be done? Fans in India know someone who's done it before...
KRK: 154-4 after 19 overs
18.6 Sohail Khan to Babar Azam, out Walton Run Out!! 1 run completed. Crashed through the covers, speeds to Tahir in the deep, who throws it at the non-striker's end, Walton dives but the stumps have been broken in time. Walton run out (Tahir/Sohail Khan) 35(23) [4s-4 6s-1]