PSL 8: Zaman Khan sheds light on thrilling last over against Multan

The young pacer defended 15 runs off the last over

By Web Desk
February 14, 2023
Lahore Qalandars beat Multan Sultans by one run in the opening clash of the PSL 8 in Multan on Monday — Lahore Qalandars/Screengrab 

Lahore Qalandars' young pacer Zaman Khan has opened up about the thrilling last over he bowled against Multan Sultans in the opening clash of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) at the Multan Cricket Stadium on Monday.

Zaman delivered a magnificent last over against Multan as he defended 15 runs in six balls against the likes of Khushdil Shah and veteran West Indian batter and T20 specialist Kieron Pollard. The pacer's heroics helped his side beat Multan by one run.

It is worth mentioning here that skipper Shaheen Shah Afridi gave the ball to all-rounder David Wiese to bowl the last over, but he later changed his mind and trusted Zaman to bowl the decider.

The right-arm pacer replicated the over which he bowled against two-time champions Islamabad United in the seventh edition of the PSL.

In an interview with Lahore Qalandars, Zaman said: "During the 17th over, I thought that the same situation would come as last year [against Islamabad United]. I am extremely happy that Shaheen bhai [Shaheen Afridi] trusted me, and I delivered."

"I planned to bowl all six balls yorker. I didn't think of bowling a length ball. I was standing at the boundary when Wiese was given the ball, but I had faith that Shaheen would call me to bowl the over," he added. 

The right-arm pacer also stated that Shaheen had told him to have faith in himself and don't think too much.

"Don't think about anything and take any pressure but do what you see fit," he added.

Last year, in the 12th match of the PSL 7 in Karachi, Zaman held his nerves and defended 12 runs in the last over brilliantly, conceding just three runs against hitters including Asif Ali and Azam Khan.

Last-over drama

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

On the next ball, hard-hitter 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 leg-before-wicket.

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 on 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.