Usman Khan hit the Fastest Ever ton of PSL history on 36 balls while Abbas Afridi scored the first hat-trick of PSL-8 in the record-breaking match as Multan Sultans beat Quetta Gladiators by nine runs at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium. Earlier, earlier Quetta Gladiators won the toss and decided to bowl first. Batting first Multan Sultans posted the highest total in tournament history as they reached 262 for three in 20 overs.
Fastest Ever ton of PSL history by Usman Khan
The Sultan’s batter Usman managed to make 120 runs on 43 balls with a strike rate of 279.1. Usman broke teammate Rilee Rossouw’s record of the fastest ton of PSL history in 41 balls, which was set in Friday’s match against Peshawar Zalmi. Usman Khan along with skipper Mohammad Rizwan charged Quetta’s bowler from the first ball. Both added quick-fire 157 runs stand for the first wicket in 10 overs.
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Usman Khan played a blistering knock of 120 runs, smashing 12 fours and 9 sixes in his master blaster innings. Rizwan also completed his half-century and made 55 off 29 balls, he smashed six fours and two sixes. Tim David made an unbeaten 43 off 25, smashing four sixes and one four while Kieron Pollard added 23 not out off 14 balls. Quetta’s Spinner Qais Ahmed conceded 77 runs in four overs, which is the most expensive bowling in the history of PSL.
This is also jointly the third most expensive bowling in the history of t20 cricket. Qais bagged two while Mohammad Nawaz took one wicket. In reply chasing 263, Quetta Gladiators scored 253 runs for the loss of eight wickets in 20 overs. Chasing a daunting target Quetta lost three wickets for 68 runs. Roy made six, martin Guptill 37 while Hafeez hit one run.
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After losing three wickets, Omair Bin Yousuf and Iftikhar Ahmed take the charge and added 104 runs stand for the fourth wicket. Both batters completed their half-centuries. Omair Yousuf remained the top scorer with 67 off 36 balls. He smashed seven fours and three sixes. Iftikhar Ahmed added 53 off 31, hitting four fours and four sixes. In the end, Umar Akmal scored 10-ball 28 but Quetta fall nine-run short.
Qais Ahmed and Naveen Ul Haq chipped in with 17,17 runs. For Multan Sultans, Abbas Afridi scored a hat-trick and bagged five wickets in four overs. Ihsanullah grabbed two while Anwar Ali took one wicket. Abbas Afridi scored the first hat-trick of PSL-8 and was declared player of the match.
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Multan Sultans is second on the table with 12 points after all 10 matches. Lahore Qalandars is still leading the table with 14 points after nine matches. Islamabad united with 12 and Peshawar Zalmi with 8 points qualify for the playoff round. Quetta Gladiators and Karachi Kings crashed out of the tournament.