In the Pakistan Super League 2020 match scheduled the 5th match contested between Islamabad United and Multan Sultans. Luke Ronchi’s opening partnership with Colin Munro and Amad Butt four wickets helped United to record their first win of the tournament. While batting first at Gaddafi Stadium Lahore, Sultan set up a total of 164 runs with the loss of eight wickets in 20 overs. Islamabad United chased down in 16.4 overs with the loss of just two wickets and marked their first victory. Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans 5th Match PSL 2020!
United opening batsman Luke Ronchi brought back his form taking charge in early overs. Both opening pair Colin Munro and Ronchi went to take chances earlier on as they built a partnership of 92 runs of 59 balls. Munro departed just after completing his half-century for 32 shots, including his four maximum to the innings. Shahid Afridi managed the first breakthrough by taking the wicket of Munro in the tenth over. Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans 5th Match PSL 2020
Ronchi 74 and Amad Butt 4 Wickets
Luke Ronchi kept going with his natural batting style with gigantic sixes and fours with soft hands or going harder for slower ones. He lost his wickets just before the winning stroke in 16.2 overs. While United finished their innings just two balls after that. The strong batting line of Islamabad United took the game away from Sultans, and they finished earlier with 3.2 balls spare to the innings. Ronchi fell short, just two runs from the winning stroke.
Islamabad United’s opening pair struggled against the spin bowling attack Imran Tahir gave tough time. He bowled wicket to wicket, so Munro and Ronchi hardly found the boundary of Tahir’s bowling spell. They tried to manage innings by rotating strike between both and scoring ones, two’s in early overs. In the expert analysis for all team squads, PSL fans know that batting is the key to United. In the previous season or this season, the responsibility bends on batting line shoulders.
Multan Spin and Pace Duo
Multan Sultans have the best bowling combination of spin, pace, and medium pace as compared to all other franchises of the tournament. Shan Masood, the skipper of Sultans, brought Moeen Ali to rescue their innings from the fired-up first charge. Ronchi and Munro went to score 19 runs in the very first over to Moeen Ali, and things didn’t work according to plan as were supposed to be. Moeen failed to manage the first breakthrough for Sultans as the settled batsman charged on every bowler they faced.
In the first innings to Sultans batting line-up, Amad Butt four wickets in his four overs bowling spell became the reason behind average total. The target on the board became watchable when you look at the batting strength of Islamabad United. In the earlier overs, Sultans charged up for setting a total at least over 170 to fight back. Multan Sultans lost two quick wickets of Moeen and Rilee Rossouw within three balls and lost their profound momentum.
After losing two quick wickets, James Vince propelled in building some good partnerships. He piled up with Moeen Ali, and Shan Masood got Sultans to 87 runs with the loss of four wickets before he departed. Zeeshan Ashraf scored his maiden half-century for just 29 balls with three sixes and four boundaries. United’s top three batsmen’s brilliant innings delivered them their first win of the tournament.
Multan vs Islamabad Playing XI
The team squads for Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans 5th Match PSL 2020!
Shan Masood, James Vince, Moeen Ali, Rilee Rossouw, Zeeshan Ashraf. Khushdil Shah, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanveer, Mohammad Ilyas, Imran Tahir
Luke Ronchi, Colin Munro, David Malan, Colin Ingram, Hussain Talat. Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Amad Butt, Mohammad Butt, Akif Javed