The start to Multan Sultans’ title defence could not have gone any better. The defending champs have won both of their opening matches so far and in contrasting styles too.
They brushed aside Karachi Kings in the opening match but had to dig deep to secure their win over Lahore Qalandars.
The win over Lahore was much more impressive as it came in a successful chase of a massive 207-run target. Their captain Mohammad Rizwan, who can apparently do no wrong these days, contributed another 69 but his wasn’t even the best knock, for that honour went to Shan Masood (83).
These are early days but it is still safe to say that the Sultans will be very hard to defeat this PSL due to their incredible strength and depth in batting.
After being defeated by Peshawar Zalmi in their opening match, Quetta Gladiators got off the mark against Karachi Kings on Saturday.
They skittled the hapless Kings for a mere 113, thanks to baby-faced Naseem Shah’s five-for. The 18-year-old wrecked Karachi’s fragile middle order early on before returning to see off their tail.
After such stellar work by the bowlers, there wasn’t much to do for Quetta batters but they still did so in style, with their openers Ahsan Ali and Will Smeed – whose partnership had produced 155 runs in the previous match – again generated 76 runs.
Ahsan scored 57 and Smeed 30 but the best player of the match of course was the young Naseem.