HBL PSL 7: Lahore Qalandars record historic win to take trophy home

Feb 28, 2022:  In an all round dazzling performance, Lahore Qalandars defeated Multan Sultans by 42 runs and bagged their first Pakistan Super League (PSL) title on Sunday.

Lahore, after electing to bat first, got off to the worst possible start as they were reduced to 25-3 in 4.2 overs. The in-form Fakhar Zaman was removed for just three runs by Asif Afridi with Shahnawaz Dahani taking a great catch, while Abdullah Shafique was also removed by Asif. Muhammad Hafeez along with Kamran Ghulam, he forged an important 54-run partnership to steer the inning.

Hafeez took the attacking mode as he went after the opponent bowlers, and was finally removed for 69 runs by Dahani. He scored those runs off 46 balls with one six and nine fours. After his dismissal Harry Brook and David Wiese registered a 43-run stand in just 2.4 overs as they went rampant against the Multan bowlers.

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David Wiese remained not out for a blistering 28 runs off just eight balls with three sixes, while Brook scored 41 runs off 22 balls.

After Lahore won the toss and handed Multan a stiff 181-run target, thanks to the timely knock by experienced Hafeez, skipper Shaheen Shah Afridi deployed Mohammad Hafeez early, and he didn’t disappoint as he removed the in-form Mohammad Rizwan for 14 runs with the score of 36 runs in four overs.

After the skipper departed, Shan Masood was run out with a brilliant direct-hit. Fakhar Zamna then also took a great catch of Aamer Azmat to reduce Multan to 46-3. The dangerous Rilee Rossow was sent back for 15 by young pacer Zaman Khan as Multan batting order started to collapse rapidly.

After the top order collapse, Khushdil Shah and Tim David smashed some boundaries, but they had a huge task against a world-class bowling attack of Lahore. Khushdil was bowled by Haris Rauf, while David was sent back by Shaheen after Fakhar took a great diving catch.

The Lahore bowling soon made short work of last year champions’ bowling as Willey, Tahir, Rumman were removed in a wink of an eye, as Tahir was the last man to go when Rauf took a great catch, and the entire Gaddafi Stadium erupted in joy.

On the bowling side, Shaheen took three, Hafeez and Zaman two, while Wiese and Rauf one as Lahore won their maiden PSL crown.

Despite being the skipper of the losing side in the final, Mohammad Rizwan’s stunning and consistent performance earned him another rich reward when he was adjudged the Player of PSL 7.

Rizwan remained a reliable top-order batter for Multan Sultans when he finished the tournament with 546 runs at a strike rate of 126.68 and inspired his side to the final after winning nine out of 10 league matches.

Rizwan also collected the wicketkeeper of the PSL 2022 award. In 12 matches, he accounted for nine batters behind the stumps.

Among other awards, Fakhar Zaman and Shadab Khan of Islamabad United were adjudged the best batter and bowler, respectively. Fakhar scored 588 runs (1×100, 7×50) at a strike rate of 153, while Shadab Khan ended the tournament with 19 wickets in nine matches with an economy rate of 6.47.

Meanwhile, Khushdil Shah of the Sultans was declared as the All-rounder of PSL 2022 for his 153 runs at a strike rate of 182 and 16 wickets with an economy rate of 6.9. He also added the Fielder of PSL 2022 award to his collection. Lahore Qalandars’ Zaman Khan was named as the Emerging Cricketer of PSL 2022 after he grabbed 18 wickets. Shaheen Shah took 20, the most number of wickets across the tournament.

Finally, Rashid Riaz was selected by the match officials as the Umpire of HBL PSL 2022, while Sultans were declared winners of the Spirit of Cricket award.

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