Abu Dhabi: Sohaib Maqsood celebrated his national call-up with his fifth half-century of the tournament, while Rilee Rossouw saved his very best for the grand finale as Multan Sultans defeated Peshawar Zalmi by 47 runs to win the HBL Pakistan Super League 6 under Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium floodlights on Thursday evening.
Sohaib, was given a lifeline when he was dropped by Hazratullah Zazai on six in the 11th over, slapped six fours and three sixes in an electrifying 35-ball 65 not out, while Rossouw clobbered five fours and three sixes in a swashbuckling 21-ball 50 – his first half-century of the tournament – to steer Multan Sultans to a record 206 for four in 20 overs.
Peshawar, needing over 10 runs an over from the onset, made a spirited reply with Kamran Akmal racing to 36 before Hazratullah hit his first scoring-shot – a six off Blessing Muzarabani – before being dismissed a ball later.
Five balls later, Kamran (36, 28b, 5×4, 1×6) was cleaned up by Imran Khan Snr as Peshawar Zalmi slipped from 36 for no loss in five overs to 42 to two and then 63 for three at the halfway stage to eventually finish at 159 for nine in 20 overs.
Shoaib Malik (48, 28b, 3×4, 3×6) and Rovman Powell (23, 14b, 2×4, 1×6) had a brief mid-level resistance and counterattack in a 66-run fourth wicket partnership, but that was wood Sultan’s night Imran Tahir finished the game with 33 points, blessed Muzharabani got two wickets with 26 points, and Imran Khan Snr got 27 points. Two wickets were opened.
Not surprisingly, Multan Sultans swept the HBL PSL 2021 individual awards. This is a recognition and reward for their outstanding comeback in the game. When the game restarted in the Emirates on June 9th, they ranked No. Fives.