Multan Sultans came face to face against Islamabad United in a game of PSL 2020. The rain played a major role in the match as it forced the officials to cut short the length to 9 over /side of the match. The fans had expected an enthralling contest but a blistering knock played by James Vince turned it into a one-sided affair.
Earlier, Multan Sultans skipper Shan Masood won the toss and elected to bowl. But, they didn’t get off to a good start as the openers of United took the charge against the bowlers from the very first over of the innings. However, they failed to do much damage as Luke Ronchi got out off Junaid Khan in the third over of the innings. Ronchi scored 18 runs off 10 balls before getting dismissed in the match.
James Vince sets the stage on fire
On the other hand, Munro never looked in a mood to spare the opposition bowlers, who effortlessly smacked them for boundaries and sixes on the back of his sublime hitting. He mustered 25 runs off 12 balls studded with one boundary and three sixes.
Just after his dismissal, the scoring rate of the team came down as none of the other batsmen could manage to score good runs with the bat. By the end, Islamabad United managed to score a total of 91 runs for a loss of seven wickets in stipulated 9 overs. Imran Tahir and Junaid Khan emerged as the best bowler for their side, who grabbed two wickets each.
Coming onto the chase, Multan Sultans got off a to a flying start on the back of their openers. Zeeshan Ashraf and James Vince were playing at their best that left United struggling as they impressed with their sublime hitting. The duo stitched a partnership of 68 runs for the first wicket.
Later on, Shadab Khan broke the dangerous-looking partnership as he dismissed Zeeshan Ashraf in the fifth over. Meanwhile, James Vince from the other end looked in full flow, who was effortlessly hitting boundaries and sixes that took the match away from Islamabad United.
In the end, Shan Masood and Co. chased the target in 6.4 overs courtesy to Vince’s knock. This also helped Sultans in grabbing two important points in the PSL 2020 league table. Moreover, the England international was awarded Player of the Match for his scintillating knock of 61 runs off 24 balls studded with 11 boundaries and one six.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
James Vince played like James Bond today. That’s it. That’s the tweet.#IUvMS pic.twitter.com/pLXbLCgyRX
— HURAIRA ツ (@AslamYaxin) March 8, 2020
fastest fifty of HBL PSL 5 James Vince what an inning so far ❤#IUvMS pic.twitter.com/hEJD9hnMhr
— Stùpíd 420 😈 (@StupidLarka420) March 8, 2020
Koi poche to kehna #JamesVince Aya tha 🔥♥️#IUvsMS https://t.co/s1M7ARKApe
— R U F I ®️ (@Syedofficial10) March 8, 2020
James Vince making a mince meat of Islamabad United’s bowling #IUvMS
— Azeem Afzal (@azeemafzal08) March 8, 2020
James Vince, Janaaab!! 💥❤
Multan stays the fierce Sultans at the TOP of the table, Alhamdulilah!
What a Team, full of incredible match winners! #MultanSultans#PSLV2020 #MSvIU
— Ubair Khan (@ubairkhaan) March 8, 2020
A convincing win for Multan Sultans as they defeat Islamabad United by 9 wickets with 14 balls to spare. James Vince finishes on 61* off just 24 balls! 👏👏👏#HBLPSLV | #MSvIU pic.twitter.com/uvDTFEF5de
— Multan Sultans (@MultanPSL) March 8, 2020
Looked inVINCEable today!#JamesVince 👊👊👊 pic.twitter.com/sc634NFnx0
— Emmad Hameed (@Emmad81) March 8, 2020
James Vince 🔥🔥#IUvMS
— Farrukh Khan (@FarrukhKhanFRK) March 8, 2020
Well played James Vince❣️
— Fahad Akbar QFA (@AkbarQfa) March 8, 2020
James Vince🔥❤ What A Player It is✌🏻😍24 Balls 62 Runs❤ Multan Sultan Wins Another Match✌🏻😍#MSvsIU pic.twitter.com/2rmNHJS9Yc
— QASIM GONDAL (ÏKĐÊFÊŃĐÉŘ)❤ (@Pakturke) March 8, 2020
Watching James Vince bat… #PSL2020 pic.twitter.com/7FXlgmWG6X
— MediumPaceDobbler (@MediumPaceDobb1) March 8, 2020
James vince was chasing 120 in 9. #BoycottGeo
— Ace (@SQIMS) March 8, 2020
James Vince you beauty
61*(24) 🔥🔥#PSLV2020 #PSL5 #IUvsMS
— Junaid Basharat (@junaid_bisharat) March 8, 2020
Astonishing Victory for @MultanSultans & @aliktareen 👏👏❤🏆
Well played James Vince & @ImranTahirSA ❤
— Saffi Rehman (@Rehman_Saffi7) March 8, 2020