PSL 8: Lahore Qalandars beat Multan Sultans in opening clash

Young Zaman Khan defended 15 runs in the last over

By Web Desk
February 14, 2023
Lahore Qalandars celebrating after taking a wicket against Multan Sultans in the PSL opener on Monday — PCB

Lahore Qalandars beat Multan Sultans by one run in the opening clash of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) at the Multan Cricket Stadium on Monday.

Zaman Khan defended 15 runs in the last over to win the game for his side.

Openers Rizwan and Masood put the Sultans in a commanding position as they stitched a 100-run partnership for the first wicket.

Rizwan scored his 13th fifty of the PSL against the defending champions.

The two batters didn't let the Qalandar's bowlers get the better of them and stayed at the crease for a long.

However, the Qalandars finally found a breakthrough via Hussain Talat, who sent Masood back to the pavilion after scoring 35 runs in 31 balls.

Later, Qalandars' skipper Shaheen Shah Afridi bowled Rizwan after he scored 75 runs in 50 balls, reducing the home side to 131-2.

After the two openers departed, the Qalandars skipper and his bowling partner Haris Rauf brought their side back into the game.

The left-armer bowled a sensational fourth over.

South Africa's David Miller, who is renowned for his power-hitting, was cleaned up by Rauf, who bowled a fiery yorker to dismiss the left-handed batter after scoring 25 runs.

Last-over drama

Needing 15 runs in the last over, Shaheen gave the ball to Zaman Khan.

The youngster started the over with a brilliant yorker and gave away a run.

On the next ball, hard-hitter Kieron Pollard was sent packing after he tried running for two but unfortunately couldn't reach the crease in time.

The third ball was a quick full toss by Zaman, which hit Usman Khan's thigh pad, and the batter had to leave the field after being adjudged as an lbw.

After bowling a wide, the right-arm pacer bowled another sensational delivery, which also resulted in a run-out as Usama Mir had to depart for a duck.

Khusdil Shah struck Zaman for a four in the fifth ball.

In the last ball of the innings, the Sultans needed six runs, but the left-handed batter couldn't make a good connection with the ball as it went for a four.

However, last year's runners-up were short of two runs to win the match and a run to equalise.

Put to bat first, the defending champions Qalandars managed to score 176 runs in 20 overs, thanks to Fakhar Zaman's 66 runs off 42 balls.

The left-handed batter completed his 2000 runs in the PSL.

Young opening batter Mirza Tahir Baig scored 36 runs off 26 balls before getting out to Akeal Hossain.

The two batters built a strong foundation for the Qalandars as they managed to stitch a 61-run partnership for the first wicket.

Meanwhile, wicket-keeper batter Shai Hope also gathered 19 runs in 17 balls.

In order to reach the competitive total, all-rounder Sikandar Raza (19) and Hussain Talat (20) put on a 39-run partnership for the fifth wicket.

For Multan Sultans, Usama and Ihsanullah claimed two wickets each, while Akeal secured a single scalp.


Multan Sultans: Muhammad Rizwan (c), Shan Masood, Usman Khan, David Miller, Kieron Pollard, Khushdil Shah, Akeal Hossain, Usama Mir, Sameen Gul, Shahnawaz Dahani, Ihsanullah

Lahore Qalandars: Fakhar Zaman, Tahir Baig, Shai Hope, Kamran Ghulam, Hussain Talat, Sikandar Raza, Liam Dawson, David Wiese, Shaheen Afridi (c), Haris Rauf, Zaman Khan