Defending champion Lahore Qalandars recorded a shocking one-run win towards Multan Sultans on the final ball of the ultimate to win the Pakistan Super League and grow to be the primary crew to retain the title on Saturday.
Needing 4 runs off the final supply — bowled by Zaman Khan — Khusdil Shah was run out whereas going for the third run to degree Lahore’s whole of 200-6 as Multan completed at 199-8.
Shaheen Shah Afridi’s good all-round efficiency propelled Lahore to a robust whole with a belligerent 44 not out off simply 15 balls, and the left-arm pacer then picked up 4 wickets within the dying overs to complete with 4-51.
Khushdil and Abbas Afridi (17 not out) smacked quick bowler Haris Rauf for 22 runs within the penultimate over earlier than Zaman saved his nerve in entrance of 25,000 followers to present the house crew victory.
“It was difficult early on as the momentum swung in the final,” Afridi mentioned.
“We kept our nerves and succeeded to win crucial moments in the game.”
Both groups additionally performed in final 12 months’s remaining, and Lahore started with a one-run win towards Multan within the opening sport of this 12 months’s match. Multan had crushed Lahore within the qualifier earlier than Lahore beat Peshawar Zalmi of their elimination sport.
Multan’s top-order batters didn’t get slowed down towards a star-studded Lahore bowling lineup as captain Mohammad Rizwan (34) and Usman Khan (18) plundered Afridi for 34 runs in his first two overs.
Rizwan, who completed the match because the top-scorer with 550 runs in 12 video games, and Rilee Rossouw (52 in 32) then mixed in a 64-run stand off 42 balls earlier than ace leg-spinner Rashid Khan (2-26) dismissed each batters.
Rizwan was brilliantly snapped by David Wiese at long-on boundary after which Rossouw chopped Rashid’s turning ball again onto his stumps.
Afridi returned and obtained the large wickets of Kieron Pollard (19) and Tim David (20) earlier than ending off his spell by eradicating Anwar Ali and Usama Mir off his final two balls.
Multan introduced down the goal to eight off the ultimate two deliveries. Khushdil lofted Zaman over further covers for a boundary off the penultimate ball however couldn’t take Multan over the road within the remaining supply.
“My heart was pounding in the last over but my captain told me to try my best,” Zaman mentioned. “I knew batters are anticipating yorkers so I bowled a few slower ones as well.”
Earlier, Afridi adopted the profitable template of Lahore to bat first.
Abdullah Shafique made a dangerous 65 off 40 balls when Pollard couldn’t grasp a return catch earlier than the batter had scored, and Afridi confirmed his batting prowess by hitting 5 sixes and two fours, after leg-spinner Usama Mir (3-24) picked up three fast wickets and Lahore had stumbled to 112-5 within the fifteenth over.
Multan’s high two wicket-takers within the match – Abbas Afridi and Ihsanullah – have been smashed for 49 runs in three overs within the dying overs as Afridi’s blistering knock allowed Lahore so as to add 71 runs off the final 4 overs.
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