Veteran umpire Aleem Dar was seen pretending to tackle Multan Sultan pacer Shahnawaz Dahani during a Pakistan Super League game. Sultans were playing Quetta Gladiators when the incident happened. The defending champions won the toss and elected to bat first. They amassed 245/3, the highest team total in the season so far. Skipper Mohammad Rizwan and Shan Masood (57) stitched an opening partnership of 119 runs in 12 overs before Masood was trapped lbw by Mohammad Irfan.
Former South Africa player Rilee Rossouw (71) joined Rizwan and added another 103 runs for the second wicket. Skipper remained unbeaten on 83 off 54 balls with seven fours and three sixes. Quetta bowlers were helpless as everyone apart from Irfan bowled with an economy rate of more than 10. Irfan bowled with eight runs per over.
Chasing a mammoth target, the 2019 winners had a poor start as they lost the wickets of Will Smeed (1) and Ahsan Ali (1) when the scorecard read 23. Jason Roy (38 off 19) and Umar Akmal (50 off 23) tried to provide some momentum but couldn’t go big. At the score of 118/6 in 13 overs, it looked a lost cause for the Men in Purple and Gold. Shahnawaz Dahani came to bowl the 14th over. Dahani dismissed Naseem Shah started celebratory run when Dar came in front of the former. However, the pacer escaped and continued his celebrations.
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Multan went on to win the game by 117 runs, which is the highest margin in the PSL history. The second-highest margin is coincidentally with Multan, when they beat the same opposition by 110 runs last year. After this game, Karachi Kings, who had lost record eight games on the trot, finally registered a victory in the season against hosts Lahore Qalandars by 22 runs.