MCC beat Multan Sultans by 72 runs


Half-centuries by MCC captain Kumar Sangakkara and Ravi Bopara followed by Imran Qayyum’s four-wicket haul helped tourists to a 72-run win over Multan Sultans at Aitchison College Ground on Wednesday.

Sangakkara and Bopara scored 52 off 35 (three fours and three sixes) and 70 not out from 37 balls, out of which seven were sent for fours and four for sixes, as the two batsmen crafted a solid partnership of 89 runs for the fourth-wicket.

The partnership helped the MCC to set a daunting 184 for four in 20 overs.

Pacer Ali Shafiq stood out amongst the Multan Sultans bowlers with two wickets for 21 runs in three overs.

In their reply, Multan Sultans were bowled out for 112 in 17.4 overs as slow left-arm Imran Qayyum picked up four wickets for nine runs in his four overs.

Only two Multan Sultans batsmen entered into double-figures with Zeeshan Ashraf and Khushdil Shah scoring 20 off 21 and 45 off 26, respectively. Zeeshan struck two fours and a six, while Khushdil cracked three fours and four sixes.

Scores in brief

MCC 184-4, 20 overs (Ravi Bopara 70 not out, Kumar Sangakkara 52; Ali Shafiq 2-21)

Multan Sultans 112 all-out, 17.4 overs (Khushdil Shah 45, Zeeshan Ashraf 20; Imran Qayyum 4-9, Samit Patel 2-2, Fred Klaassen 2-41)

Result MCC win by 72 runs

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