In reply, Quetta’s innings began on track before a quick double-strike by Umar Gul removed both openers either side of the 50-run mark. The game remained evenly poised for much of the chase, but the early dismissal of an off-colour Kevin Pietersen was a huge blow for last year’s finalists. Cameos from Rilee Rossouw and Rameez Raja Jnr kept them in the hunt, with Anwar Ali, and at the very end Hasan Khan, sealing the win in a massive heist. Rossouw was the top scorer for the winning side, as he scored 27 off 24. For Multan, pacer Gul was the pick of the bowlers as he claimed best ever figures in a PSL match by claiming six wickets and gave 24 runs in his four overs.
Quetta made three changes to their line-up, replacing Mahmudullah, Umar Amin and John Hastings with Pietersen, Asad Shafiq and Laughlin. Meanwhile, Multan brought in Gul and Ross Whiteley to replace Junaid Khan and Darren Bravo.
Quetta Gladiators 156 for 8 (Rilee Rossouw 27, Rameez Raja 22, Umar Gul 6-24) beat Multan Sultans 152 for 5 (Shoaib Malik 65 not out, Sohaib Maqsood 27) by two wickets.
Published in Daily Times, March 9th 2018.