LAHORE: Multan Sultans booked their place in the final of the seventh edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2022 after triumphing over Lahore Qalandars by 28 runs at Gaddafi Stadium on Wednesday.
Chasing a small score of 164 runs, the Qalandars reached 135 for the loss of nine wickets in the designated overs as the Sultans’ bowlers crushed the batting line of the the Shaheen Shah Afridi-led side.
Multan Sultans kept the boundaries limited for Lahore Qalandars as they were on target from the word go. Left arm spinner Asif Afridi removed opener Abdullah Shafique with Lahore’s score of just 17 runs. Kamran Ghulam and Fakhar Zaman forged on a short-lived partnership before Kamran was removed. Muhammad Hafeez was sent to pavilion for zero as things worsened for the Qalandars.
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While Harry Brook and Fakhar Zaman carried a 54-run stand to keep Lahore in the game, it was Dahani who turned the tables, as he took out Harry for 13 and also sent the next batter Samit Patel packing with a sensational catch.
After that, the sky seemed pretty clear for Multan Sultans as all other batters struggled laboriously to bat against the brutal bowling of the Sultans.
In terms of bowling, Dahani was exceptional with figures 3-19, Willey picked two, while Rumman Raees, Khushdil Shah and Asif picked one wicket each.
Ealier, the Sultans were able to score 163 runs in 20 overs, courtesy of Rilee Rossouw who smashed 65 runs as Lahore Qalandars applied early pressure after electing to bowl first. Things did not seem very pleasant for Multan Sultans as Qalandars’ pacers and spinners kept the game tight for the in-form Multan Sultans batters.
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Shaheen gave the second over to off-spinner Muhammad Hafeez, and he just showed how good he is against the left-handed batters as he picked the in-form left-hander Shan Masood’s wicket on the first ball.
To this, Rizwan played sensibly amd according to the situation as he sustained the early pressure without taking a risk and rotated the strike.
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