PSL 2023: Wishes pour in as Lahore set to play final for second consecutive year

Lahore beat Peshawar by four wickets

By Web Desk
March 17, 2023
Sam Billings and Tahir Baig partner for match-winning contribution - PCB

Shaheen Shah Afridi-led Lahore Qalandars qualified for the Pakistan Super League (PSL) final for the second consecutive year. 

Qalandars' fortune turned in the favour since Afridi took their captaincy back in 2022. 

After winning the final against Multan Sultans last year, Qalandars have once against set finale with Mohammad Rizwan-led Sultans on March 18 this year. 

Cricketers, fans and followers of PSL congratulated Qalandars for their impressive performance. 

Qalandars defeated Zalmi by four wickets during the Eliminator 2 of PSL 8. 

Chasing the 172-run target, Qalandars reached home in 18.5 overs.

Qalandars lost Fakhar Zaman (6) early after he has castled while trying to play a big heave. Azmatullah Omarzai was the successful bowler.

Meanwhile, Ahsan Hafeez, who was playing his first PSL match, handed a simple catch to wicketkeeper Haseebullah after he top-edged a ball from Wahab Riaz. The left-hander scored 15 runs in 10 balls.

After a big mixup between Abdullah Shafique and Mirza Tahir Baig, the former was sent packing. The right-hander scored run-a-ball 10.

Shafique's departure brought Sam Billings to the crease, who along with Tahir got Qalandars' run-chase back on track with a crucial 50-run partnership in only 28 balls.

However, Tahir was dismissed after reaching his maiden T20 fifty with Aamer Jamal bagging the crucial scalp. He scored 54 runs in 42 balls with the help of seven fours and two sixes. 

Billings was cleaned up by a superb yorker by Salman Irshad. He scored 28 valuable runs in 21 balls. Meanwhile, Sikandar Raza scored 22 runs in 13 balls.

Skipper Afridi smacked a six and four in the 19th over to get his team over the line.