Saturday, January 28, 2023

Lahore Qalandars have won the Pakistan Super League for the first time

Lahore supporters had a night to remember as their beloved Lahore Qalandars won their first Pakistan Super League title after upsetting favourites Multan Sultans by 42 runs at Gaddafi Stadium on Sunday.

Multan’s run chase went well after being set a target of 181, with Mohammad Rizwan and Shan Masood finding runs easily.

The wheels came off Multan’s batting in the 4th over when Mohammad Hafeez bowled Rizwan around the legs. After Rizwan’s dismissal, the defending champions lost wickets at regular intervals, falling to 63 for 5.

Tim David and Khushdil Shah put on a 51-run stand, but David was bowled in Shaheen’s second spell, starting in the 17th over, and all hope was lost. Multan lost for 138, and Lahore became the new champions.

Earlier, Mohammad Hafeez rescued Lahore from 25 for 3 to enable them reach 180 for 5. A lethargic 28 off 28 in the previous game (a win over Islamabad) did more harm than good.

Harry Brook hit a 22-ball 41 and David Wiese an 8-ball 28 to help the Professor out.

Lahore were 113-4 at the conclusion of the 16th over, a long way from the total 180 they managed. Wiese’s sledgehammer bat smashed the final 24 balls for 67 runs and the final 12 for 40 runs.

With Lahore’s win, all six PSL franchises have won at least once, proving the league’s competitiveness in preventing monopolies and streaks.

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