Multan Sultans bowlers led by Australian Daniel Christian helped revive their team's dwindling fortunes during their six wicket win over Islamabad United in the ongoing Pakistan Super League.
Christian led the charge with 3 for 19 while left-arm spinner Nauman (2-14) and rookie paceman Mohammad Ilyas (2-21) blew away the defending champions for 121 all out in 17.4 overs.
Multan then banked on a mature 46 off 45 balls by opener Umer Siddiq with five boundaries and a six to complete the target in 18.1 overs for their only second win in six games. Multan now stand on fourth place with four points is six matches.
The defeat still kept the two-time champions Islamabad to third with three wins and as many defeats in six matches. Quetta Gladiators continue to lead the six-team table with eight points, having won four of their five matches with one defeat.
Siddiq ensured the hard yards put in by his side’s bowlers didn't go in vain as he put on 54 with James Vince who made 17-ball 28 with five boundaries. West Indian Johnson Charles was trapped by Shadab Khan – who was once again captaining the side in the absence of an injured Mohammad Sami.
But skipper Shoaib Malik, who made an unbeaten 23 off 32 balls, gave good company to young Siddiq as they took the score to 99 when Siddiq fell. Malik kept his nerves to get Multan over the line.
Islamabad never got going from the start, losing Cameron Delport in Ilyas’ first over. Luke Ronchi struck a 16-ball 32 with six boundaries and a six before becoming rookie paceman’s second wicket.
Samit Patel with 20 and Asif Ali (12-ball 22 with three sixes) looked solid initially but both threw away good starts.
Christian removed Asif, Rumman Raees and Mohammad Musa (two) to finish Islamabad’s innings in 17.4 overs.
Wednesday will see another double header in the league with Quetta facing Lahore and Islamabad returning for their clash against Karachi Kings.