Usman Khan's Century Powers Multan Sultans to PSL Playoffs

Usman Khan’s Century Powers Multan Sultans to PSL Playoffs

Multan Sultans’ relentless dominance in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) continued on Sunday as they secured a 20-run victory over Karachi Kings, propelled by Usman Khan’s blistering century. The Sultans’ sixth win in seven games solidified their position atop the standings with 12 points, while the Kings remained in fifth place with only two wins from six matches.

Usman, a Pakistan-born player now representing the United Arab Emirates, unleashed a whirlwind innings of 106 not out off just 58 deliveries, reaching his century in a mere 56 balls. His explosive knock, the fastest century of the PSL season, laid the foundation for Multan’s imposing total of 189 for 3. Captain Mohammad Rizwan provided valuable support with a 58-run contribution.

The Kings’ chase never gained momentum, as they struggled to keep up with the Sultans’ imposing target. Skipper Shan Masood’s dismissal for 36 off 29 balls by tournament leading wicket-taker Usama Mir (2-29) set the tone for their struggles. Mir’s wickets tally now stands at 15, while fast bowler Mohammad Ali has 14 after claiming 1 for 40.

Usman and Rizwan capitalized on some wayward Kings bowling, forging a formidable second-wicket partnership of 148 off 93 balls. Rizwan’s half-century was cut short by a catch at mid-off, but Usman continued his onslaught, reaching his ton with a pulled six against Mir Hamza in the final over.

The Kings’ overseas signings, Tim Seifert (1) and James Vince (7), failed to make an impact, falling cheaply within the batting powerplay. Shoaib Malik emerged as their top scorer with 38, but his dismissal in the 12th over left the Kings with a mountain to climb. Soft dismissals plagued the Kings’ run-chase, ultimately leading to their defeat.