Multan Sultans saw their hot start to the season come to an end in their last game when they were beaten by Lahore Qalandars.
It wasn’t just any defeat either as Lahore beat them by a big margin on what was a rare off day for Multan openers. Actually it was a rare off day for Shan Masood. For Rizwan, it was a second such match of that nature.
The Sultans skipper has looked out of sorts since the tournament has moved to Lahore. He has still found runs but has batted lethargically and has never looked comfortable when at the crease. Scores of 34 and 20 in the last two games have come at run-a-ball pace or worse, which does more harm than good in this format.
After the loss to Lahore, Multan need to get back to winning ways, and for that to happen, their openers – especially Rizwan – need to rediscover his mojo.
Karachi Kings have now become the first ever PSL side to lose seven straight matches and are out of the tournament.
The final nail in their coffin was hammered by Islamabad United, who tried to be as generous as possible and did nearly everything in power to help Karachi win.
The capital city side not only had key players pick up injuries mid-game but they also dropped a number of catches during their defence of 191.
The Kings, in name only, still somehow managed to lose. They gifted key wickets to part-timers and once the pairing of Qasim Akram and Imad Wasim had somehow dragged them back in the game, they somehow could not accomplish the simple task of finding eight of final balls – an equation that was reduced to two needed off as many balls but they still couldn’t get it done.