The Multan Cricket Stadium is a multipurpose stadium that’s located at Multan in the Punjab region of Pakistan.
The venue has a capacity of 35,000 spectators and hosted its first-ever international match in August 2001, when Pakistan played Bangladesh in a Test match.
The first-ever ODI game at this venue also featured Pakistan and Bangladesh, as the two teams crossed swords in September 2003.
There has been no T20 international game at this stadium yet but that’s not to say that it hasn’t witnessed its fair share of T20 extravaganza.
Pakistan Super League (PSL) side Multan Sultans, in fact, use the venue as their home ground, while other domestic T20 competitions have also taken place at this ground over the years.
Here, we have a closer look at the T20 records and stats at the Multan Stadium.
Multan Stadium T20 records and stats
Highest team total
The highest team total at this venue was set by Northern (Pakistan) against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the first match of the National T20 Cup in 2020. They scored 242/3 as Zeeshan Malik made a 47-ball 77 and Haider Ali scored a 48-ball 90. Northern (Pakistan) won this match by 79 runs.
Lowest team total
The unwanted record for scoring the lowest team total at this venue is held by Karachi Blues. While chasing a target of 155 against Lahore Whites in a National T20 Cup game in 2016, Karachi Blues were bundled out for just 81 runs, which is the lowest team total at Multan Stadium.
Highest individual score
There’s been a handful of centurions at this stadium in T20s but Babar Azam’s unbeaten 48-ball 115 for Lahore Whites against Rawalpindi remains a standout and is the highest individual score at Multan. Babar's knock which featured nine fours and just as many sixes helped his team win this National T20 Cup game by 19 runs in 2016.
Best bowling figures
While several players have picked up five wickets in a T20 innings at this stadium, Ihsanullah’s spell of 5/12 for Multan Sultans against Quetta Gladiators is the best bowling figures at the venue. His five-for in PSL 2023 earned him the Player of the Match award and helped Multan Sultans register an easy nine-wicket win.
No player has scored more T20 runs at this venue than Khurram Manzoor. He amassed 558 runs at an average of 34.87 and a strike rate of 123.72 while representing the likes of Sindh, Karachi Blues and Karachi Whites. Manzoor notched up seven T20 fifties while batting at this venue.
Sohail Khan has picked 31 wickets from 21 games at this venue in his stints with Islamabad, Karachi Whites, Sindh and Quetta Gladiators. His wickets have been scalped at an average of 19.90 and an economy of 7.63. His best performance at this venue came for Sindh in the National T20 Cup final against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He finished with figures of 4/18 and helped Sindh win the final after producing a Player of the Match performance.
The highest partnership at this venue was recorded in the same game that saw the highest team total here being set by Northern (Pakistan) against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the first match of the National T20 Cup in 2020. Haider Ali and Zeeshan Malik combined to stitch together a partnership of 180 for the second wicket and helped Northern (Pakistan) post 242/3 en route to a convincing win.
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