Lewis Gregory impressed with bat and ball to lift two-time champion Islamabad United to a three-wicket win against Multan Sultans in the Pakistan Super League on Sunday.
Fast bowler Shaheen Afridi and Afghanistan legspinner Rashid Khan spurred Lahore Qalandars to a four-wicket win over former champion Peshawar Zalmi in the early game.
Gregory, a 28-year-old Englishman, claimed 2-31 after Islamabad chose to field. Multan was restricted to 150-8 with skipper Mohammad Rizwan’s occasionally spirited 71 off 53 balls
Veteran Shahid Afridi gave Multan hope when the 40-year-old legspinner bagged 2-24, took a catch and brilliantly ran out Iftikhar Ahmed off a direct throw.
But Gregory’s unbeaten 49 off 31 balls, including a six and three fours off four successive balls in the penultimate over of Sohail Tanvir, propelled Islamabad to 151-7 with six balls to spare.
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