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Rizwan's brilliant start to the new year, the hero of the year 2021, led the Sultan to victory against the Kings


In the opening match of Pakistan Super League, defending champions Multan Sultan defeated Karachi Kings by seven wickets after a one-sided contest. Captain Muhammad Rizwan maintains last year's form and makes the first half century of the event۔

In pursuit of 125 runs, Muhammad Rizwan, who was named the best batsman of the year 2021 in T20 cricket, who is also the captain of Multan Sultan, scored 38 runs for the first wicket along with Shaun Masood. Shaun Masood made 26 and was caught by Muhammad Ilyas. But Mohammad Rizwan continued his form and stayed on the wicket and he added 63 runs in the second wicket partnership with Sohaib Maqsood. Sohaib Maqsood, who batted brilliantly last season, also batted well and scored 30 off 31 balls before being stumped by Muhammad Nabi. His innings included two sixes.

Muhammad Rizwan was the top scorer for Multan Sultan. Muhammad Rizwan, who scored more than 2,000 record runs in the T20 format in 2012 and won the ICC award for the best batsman in the world in that format, also started the year 2012 with a half-century. This is also the first half century of PSL Seven. He remained unbeaten on 52 off 47 balls. Multan Sultan achieved the target in 18.2 overs.

Muhammad Nabi took two wickets for 17 runs and was the best bowler of Karachi Kings. Karachi Kings came on the field without Mohammad Amir and Emad Wasim.

Earlier, batting first, Karachi Kings scored 125 runs for the loss of five wickets in the stipulated 20 overs.

Karachi Kings batsmen could not play more openly on slow wickets. However, Sharjeel Khan, an aggressive left-handed batsman, played an innings of 43 off 31 balls and remained the top scorer. His innings included three sixes and three fours. Joe Clarke [26] and captain Babar Azam [23] were the standout batsmen.

Imran Tahir was the most successful bowler for Multan Sultan. He took three wickets for just 16 runs in four overs and effectively started the seventh edition of PSL. Shahnawaz Dhani and Khushdal Shah took one wicket each.

Imran Tahir was declared the best player of the match for his excellent bowling.

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