Kumar Sangakkara  © Getty Images (file photo)
Kumar Sangakkara © Getty Images (file photo)

Riding on an Imran Tahir hat-trick, Multan Sultans notched up their third win of PSL 2018. Sultans beat Quetta Gladiators by 9 wickets, chasing just 103 to win. Kumar Sangakkara led Sultans charge with a sturdy fifty, adding 66 in 64 balls with Ahmed Shehzad before the latter fell for 27 to Hasan Khan, captain of Pakistan’s Under-19. Sohaib Maqsood then helped Sangakkara see his side through. Sangakkara went on to score a fifty off 43 balls, his 42nd in T20s.

Batting first, Quetta kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Only skipper Sarfraz Ahmed kept his team’s hope alive with 30 off 33 balls. Shane Watson and Mahmudullah made 19 and 15 respectively. Sohail Tanvir and Junaid Khan claimed 5 wickets between them before Imran Tahir claimed a hat-trick. Tahir’s hat-trick ensured Gladiators were all out for 102.

Brief scores:

Quetta Gladiators 102 in 15.2 overs (Sarfraz Ahmed 30, Shane Watson 19; Imran Tahir 3 for 19) lost to Multan Sultans 108 for 1 in 16.4 overs (Kumar Sangakkara 51, Ahmed Shehzad 27; Hasan Khan 1 for 27) by 9 wickets with 20 balls to spare.