Lahore: The Lahore Qalandars won the seventh Pakistan Super League (PSL 7) in a thrilling match at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore with a 42-point victory over Multan Sultan in the final ).
Multan Sultans failed to achieve a target of 181 runs and were bowled out at 138 runs letting Qalandars to win PSL title for the first time.
Muhammad Hafeez shinned brilliantly in the finals and was declared as the player of the match for his 69 runs off 46 balls.
Multan Sultans took a decent start but soon lost the pace with the skipper Muhammad Rizwan’s early wicket who could only score 14 runs off 12 balls. Shan Masood was also soon run out by Fakhar Zaman and scored 19 runs off 15 balls.
Qalandars skipper Shaheen Shah Afridi came to the fore with his superb bowling over Multan Sultan’s middle order. He took the wickets of Tim David, David Wiley and Raman Reis. although
Harris Rauf scored the crucial wicket for Khushdil Shah, who was also Sudan’s top scorer with 23 overs in 32 overs. Zaman Khan and Muhammad Hafeez took two wickets each.
David Wiese won the last wicket for Imran Tahir, paving the way for the Qalandars to lift the PSL 7 trophy.
It is worth noting that Lahore was beaten by Multan in the qualifiers, but today, Karanda is stronger and emerges as the champion.
Earlier today, the Lahore Qalandars won the toss and chose to beat Multan Sultan first.
Batting first, the Lahore Qalandars lost some early wickets. Sudan’s Asif Afridi sent Fakhar Zaman (3) and Abdullah Shafique (14) back to the pavilion, while David Willey got Zeeshan Ashraf (7) for the wicket.
When Muhammad Hafeez came to avenge the Sultan’s bowling attack, the Karandals found hope again until he was smashed by Shana on Shahnawaz Dahani’s bowling. Shan Masood caught.
Hafeez remained the top scorer for Qalandars who added 69 runs off 46 balls with the help of 9 fours and 1 six.
Crushing the Sultans’ bowlers, Harry Brook played a decent innings for the Qalandars and added 41 runs off 22 bowls.
David Wiese, just like his last innings, hammered some belligerent hits and helped Qalandars sailing towards a competitive total of 181 runs in the limited 20 overs. Wiese scored 28-runs off just 8 balls smashing 3 sixes and 1 four.
In the bowling, Asif Ali took 3 wickets while both Shahnawaz Dhani and David Willey took one wicket each for Sultans.