Lahore Qalandars 200 for six (Shafique 65, Shaheen 44*, Mir 3-24) beat Multan Sultans 199 for 8 (Rossouw 52, Shaheen 4-51, Rashid 2-26) by one run
The PSL ends because it begun. A medical Lahore Qalandars produced a stone-cold death-bowling efficiency to pip Multan Sultans by one run, simply as they did to kick off this season
4 weeks earlier. The closest PSL ultimate there’s ever been got here all the way down to the ultimate ball, with Sultans needing 4 to wrench the title away from Qalandars. In the long run, a heroic Khushdil Shah
was run-out diving to finish the third on the non-striker’s finish, and the Qalandars’ title defence was full.
All of it feels prefer it’s come full circle; these two sides, in any case, performed the earlier season’s ultimate too
, which threw up the identical consequence. However for Qalandars, it is a outstanding turnaround, a facet that was a laughing inventory for the primary half of this league’s historical past. They’ve now turn out to be the undisputed dominant power within the PSL, turning into the primary facet to retain the title.
However all of that’s secondary to the drama and insanity of the ultimate over, the ultimate ball. The primary sport this season had boiled all the way down to Zaman Khan
bowling to Khushdil, with the Sultans needing 4 for victory, and ending up one run shy. Right now, as Zaman bowled the match’s ultimate ball to Khushdil, the Sultans wanted 4. However there was a yorker, a scuffed squeeze into the on facet, a determined scramble to steal an additional run, a run-out. After which there was bedlam.
Qalandars seemed to have edged Sultans out by the point the ultimate two overs rolled round. Their death-bowling machine had clicked into gear; Shaheen Shah Afridi
, Zaman and Haris Rauf
had begun to asphyxiate Sultans. Tim David, Kieron Pollard and Anwar Ali fell within the three previous overs, and with 35 required within the final 12 balls, Sultans appeared to have run out of street.
However Khushdil and Abbas Afridi capitalised on a uncommon wayward demise over from Rauf to plunder 22, establishing a grandstand end with 13 wanted off the ultimate six balls. Zaman’s wily tempo variations gave Sultans nothing till the ultimate two balls, however a comical pair of byes after Zaman missed the prospect to run Khushdil out from three yards out meant the hazard man was on strike to pummel the penultimate ball away for 4. However Zaman nailed his size as soon as extra, and Sultans ended up simply quick.
An age in the past, Qalandars had gained the toss and unsurprisingly opted to bat, with Mirza Baig flying out of the blocks. However Fakhar Zaman on the different finish was unusually subdued, eschewing the standard flamboyance for an abundance of warning. When he top-edged one to Usama Mir
, he had scored 39 off 34; by no means in PSL historical past has he had a decrease strike fee for an innings the place he scored a minimum of 30 runs.
However Usama was solely simply getting began with the wickets. On a floor the place he all of the sudden discovered grip and bounce, he burst via Sam Billings’ defences his subsequent over, earlier than Ahsan Hafeez was trapped in entrance for a golden duck. Sensing the efficiency of spin, Rizwan gave Khushdil one other over, and he duly cleaned up Sikandar Raza along with his first ball, leaving Qalandars tottering at 112 for five.
David Wiese was on the point of cost out, solely to lookup and located Shaheen had pulled rank and was already midway to the batting crease. Over a decisive, momentum shifting ultimate few overs, he demonstrated why. Bolstering a repute he has unexpectedly accrued as a middle-order power-hitter, he bludgeoned an unbeaten 44 off 15 deliveries as Qalandars amassed 85 runs within the ultimate 5 overs. A takedown of Ihsanullah within the seventeenth over was notably notable, the 24 that got here off it setting Qalandars up for the large end they’d obtain. He was assisted by some notably unusual bowling as Sultans crumpled within the face of the onslaught, the distinction in demise bowling between the 2 sides proving essential to the ultimate consequence.
However the way in which Sultans began, it needn’t have gone all the way down to the wire. Mohammad Rizwan knew an innings of accumulation would not do right this moment, and flew off the mark, smashing 4 boundaries of his first seven balls to set the tone, together with a chastening takedown of Shaheen within the third over that produced 20 runs. When Wiese uprooted Usman Khan’s stumps, Rizwan was very happy to show over power-hitting duty to Rilee Rossouw
The South African is PSL royalty by now, and was pleased to oblige. He underscored his high quality by taking over Zaman, exploiting both facet sq. of the wicket to crunch three boundaries off the fifth over, earlier than serving to plunder 16 off Wiese instantly afterwards. Rauf wasn’t spared, both, his first two balls hammered for 4 and 6 as Sultans stayed nicely forward of the speed. A drive off Rashid Khan
introduced up a 30-ball half-century; Sultans had stormed to 105 for 1 by now, with half the innings to go.
However Rashid wasn’t to be stored down, and as one stored low to sneak via the South African’s defences, Sultans nerves started to fray. Rossouw did not recognize the Afghan’s send-off and stress crept again into the sport. A shocking effort on the boundary from Wiese transformed what ought to have been six into the dismissal of Rizwan, Qalandars have been furtively dragging the asking fee again up.
David and Pollard ought to have been well-placed to appropriate that, however leaving an excessive amount of for the ultimate overs in opposition to a bowling assault of Qalandars’ high quality had bitten Sultans earlier than. Pollard miscued Shaheen straight up into the air earlier than Qalandars’ captain returned to take away David, Anwar and Mir all in the identical over, and an asking fee that hovered round 11 simply 4 overs in the past was up in extra of 17 now.
Khushdil and Afridi would practically pull it off, however in the long run, in a contest that went all the way down to the barest of margins, Qalandars, and a partisan residence crowd, would get their approach. Gamers from either side sunk to their knees whereas fireworks erupted above. The PSL trophy’s vacation spot was determined. It was going nowhere in any case.