Abu Dhabi [UAE], June 14 (ANI): Shahnawaz Dhani picked up four wickets before skipper Mohammad Rizwan and Sohaib Maqsood smashed fifties as Multan Sultans defeated Peshawar Zalmi by eight wickets in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) match.
Dhani returned with figures of 4-0-31-4 to restrict Zalmi to 166 for seven after a rapid 40-ball 56 by Sherfane Rutherford. Rizwan and Sohaib then stitched a 116-run partnership from 76 balls to set up Sultans' win with 21 balls and eight wickets spare.
Rizwan stroked his 20th half-century in the 136th T20 match while scoring a 56-ball 82 not out, while Sohaib contributed 61, an innings that came off 31 balls and included four fours and five sixes. Rizwan's innings was studded with nine fours and two sixes.
Shahnawaz and Rizwan also capped a fine evening for Multan Sultans by moving to the top of the leading wicket-takers and run-getters list, respectively. Shahnawaz now has 13 wickets in the series, while Rizwan leads the field with 408 runs with his national captain Babar Azam of Karachi Kings second with 343 runs.
Rizwan and Sohaib, who had suffered a wrist injury while fielding, had got together after Shan Masood had departed at the score of 45 in the fourth over. The two batsmen dominated Zalmi bowling with excellent shot selection and precise hitting, leading Sultan to 59 for one after the PowerPlay overs and 100 for one at the halfway stage.
Earlier, Peshawar Zalmi put into bat, slipped from 71 for no loss to 117 for five in the 16th over to finish at 166 for seven - thanks to a 40-ball 56 with two fours and four sixes by Sherfane Rutherford.
Zalmi collected 52 runs without any loss in their PowerPlay overs, while they reached 84 for two after the halfway stage. In their final five overs, Zalmi scored 56 runs with Rutherford dominating the scoring.
Openers Kamran Akmal and Haider Ali played innings of contrasting styles with Kamran scoring a fluent 27-ball 35 and Haider chipping in with an uncharacteristic 30-ball 28. David Miller contributed a 14-ball 22.
Shahnawaz Dhani was the destroyer-in-chief of Zalmi's innings as he claimed the first four Zalmi wickets, removing the two openers, Shoaib Malik on the first ball, and then Rovman Powell, who was brilliantly caught by Mohammad Rizwan.
Islamabad United and Lahore Qalandars are on top of the table with 10 points each, followed by Peshawar Zalmi (eight), Karachi Kings, and Multan Sultans (both six points). Quetta Gladiators are already out of the playoffs' race after losing six matches in seven outings. (ANI)