In Lahore Qalandar Vs Multan Sultans | The Final | PSL 7 Mohammad Hafeez excels with bat and ball as Qalandars win the Pakistan Super League. Lahore Qalandars turned the tables on Multan Sultans, defeating them by 43 runs with a score of 180 for 5. Multan Sultans were defeated by 138 runs, You are not looking at the PSL table in the wrong way; rather, you are looking at the redemption story of a franchise that was close to being relegated to the status of tragic failures and lovable buffoons.
| Lahore Qalandars 180 for 5 (Hafeez 69, Brook 41*, Afridi 3-19) beat Multan Sultans 138 (Khushdil 32, Shaheen 3-30, Hafeez 2-23) by 43 runs |
Lambasted, lampooned and laughed at for so long, Lahore Qalandars are Pakistan Super League champions. You aren’t reading the PSL table upside down, but looking at the redemption arc of a franchise that had almost consigned itself to the role of tragic failures and lovable buffoons. All that was relegated to history on a magical evening at the Gaddafi Stadium, where, swept along by crowd support that almost reached mystical levels, Shaheen Shah Afridi and his men blew away defending champions Multan Sultans by 43 runs in Lahore Qalandar Vs Multan Sultans | The Final | Match 34 | PSL 7
Mohammad Hafeez shines with bat and ball as Qalandars lift PSL trophy
Lahore side turns the tables to beat defending champions Multan Sultans by 43 runs
On a magical evening at the Gaddafi Stadium, all of that was forgotten as Shaheen Shah Afridi and his team blew out Multan Sultans, the defending champions, by 43 runs, aided by almost mystical crowd support.
The Sultans never quite got going as they tried to reach 181 thanks to David Wiese’s exact batting contribution in the Eliminator against Islamabad United and Mohammad Hafeez’s magnificent 69 and another unbeaten 28 off 8 balls.Their worst tournament performance, skittles for 138, would see them collapse on themselves.The Southern Punjab team found the fast bowling of Afridi and Haris Rauf to be simply too hot to handle.
Because of the Qalandars’ fatalism, it became increasingly apparent that they were being set up for failure as their hold on the game grew.After a strong start, the Sultans, who have won 10 of 11 games this season and beat the Qalandars on Wednesday, faltered. It seemed inevitable that they would respond soon.The middle order of the Sultans appeared geared up to bring them back into the game after Mohammad Rizwan was bowled cheaply by Hafeez, who had the game of his life, and Shan Masood was run out due to a sloppy mix-up.
However, the Qalandars continued to deal blow after blow.Rilee Rossouw holed out to the cow corner boundary while Hafeez removed Aamer Azmat, where Abdullah Shafique made an excellent catch.As the Sultans put all of their faith in Khushdil Shah and Tim David, the asking price skyrocketed.
That has been the Sultans’ winning strategy most of the time this season, but this was not like any other day;This day changed the lives of the Lahore Qalandars.Even though the pair hit a few clubbed fours and sixes, they looked strangely ineffective in comparison to their normally devastating selves, and that annoying asking rate kept defying gravity.The partnership scored 51 runs in 33 innings, but that wasn’t nearly fast enough for what the Sultans needed, so the boundary fielder was found by a David slog off Shaheen that was too late.
Shaheen’s time to shine came at this point.He joined the team in 2018, when he was just 21 years old, and witnessed the Qalandars’ nearly annual lows.The obligation of captaining the side nearly felt like a harmed vessel, yet at this time, this young fellow – currently a hotshot – figured out how to improve his standing much further.
He went in for the kill when he saw an opportunity to eliminate the opposition.The Sultan’s tail was forced out by a yorker that tore through David Willey’s stumps, and another yorker bowled out Rumman Raees in the next over.Haris cleaned Khushdil up from the other side, putting an end to any potential Sultans comeback.As the players poured onto the field for laps of honor that would last well into the night, it was up to Wiese, Mr. Lahore Qalandars, to take the final wicket.
When they won the toss and chose to bat, they had enjoyed the rub of the green;The Qalandars have recently found it difficult to chase totals.The beginning wasn’t great, as it was on Friday;In 4.2 overs, they were 25 for three, but Hafeez proved to be their unlikely savior.In an innings strangely suggestive of his thump in the Bosses Prize last in 2017, Hafeez joined contentiousness with class, stroking 69 off 46 to direct and secure the Qalandars’ innings.
Given that Abdullah Shafique, Zeeshan Ashraf, and Fakhar Zaman had already left, it was even more important.For the Sultans at the top, Asif Afridi was huge.However, until an oddly late point in the innings, it appeared as though the Qalandars had started the assault a little too late.Lahore only had 84 runs at the end of the 13th over, so they would need heroic contributions from the lower middle order to get a total that would upset the powerful Sultans’ batting order.
Harry Brook appears.With a century earlier in the tournament, he had demonstrated why the Qalandars valued him so highly, but his innings on this night were even more valuable.He took Raees on in the 17th over and smashed him for 19 runs in five balls. By this time, Qalandar’s guns were already blazing.
In addition to Wiese’s blistering late attack, his unbeaten 22-ball 41 ensured his place in Qalandars’ history. The eight balls Wiese faced yielded an additional 28 runs, and Lahore had the momentum with them at the end of the innings.Lahore Qalandar Vs Multan Sultans | The Final | Match 34 | PSL 7
Even though Multan is known as the city of saints, the atmosphere in Lahore by this point was almost spiritual.As they took in the adoration of the crowd, Shaheen and Haris almost appeared to be saints.In spite of everything this Qalandars team has gone through in the past, they will always remember that night at the Gaddafi when their very own Lahore won the PSL trophy that seemed to have been destined for them.
What is it with groups completing second on the focus table and bringing home championships in
“ PSL?2019 (the Qalandars), 2020 (the Karachi Kings), 2021 (the Multan Sultans), and currentlyIt took a long time for the Lahore Qalandars ” to win their first title,
but they couldn’t have picked a better location to celebrate.in front of their home stadium, with a full house and the best fast bowler in the country leading them to victory.Such occurrences are impossible to plan.Sigh!That concludes PSL 7 then.We hope you had a blast watching all of the games.The three of us say goodbye until the next time:Mukesh Gowda, Akshay Maanay, and Raju Peethala
Behind the hoard of champions, Skipper Afridi is holding the trophy in his hands, and his teammates are getting ready.The victorious player, Hafeez, quickly retreats with his children into a corner.Also posing with his daughter is Fakhar Zaman.They leave now, and it’s time for family photos and selfies.The revelry doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon.
Shaheen Afridi, captain of the Lahore Qalandars:It’s an extraordinary accomplishment.We have been waiting for six years, and I wish to express my gratitude to the Lahore crowd.They have shown up in large numbers and have stood by us all the way.I am grateful to everyone who supported me, and Hafeez guided me through a lot of stressful times.The teamwork we displayed throughout the tournament was outstanding, and we fought until the very last ball.
Mohammad Rizwan, captain of the Multan Sultans and Tournament Player of the Year: The title is absolutely due to the two teams in the final. In the final, there is always pressure, and the team that handles it well wins the game.The pivotal moment occurred when Hafeez handled the pressure.They put a lot of effort into the game and handled the pressure much better than we did.For many of them, it is an excellent opportunity to learn.Since we are all human and make mistakes, it has been a learning experience for the team as a whole.
The tournament’s top player: Fakhar Zaman
Bowler of the Tournament: Shadab Khan
The tournament’s wicketkeeper: Mohammad Rizwan
The tournament’s fielder: Khushdil Shah
Tournament All-Rounder of the Year: Mohammad Rizwan,
“ Multan Sultans, received the Khushdil Shah Spirit of Cricket Award “
Emerging Player of the Tournament: Zaman Khan
Tournament Umpire: Roshan Mahanama, the match referee, Michael Gough, Aleem Dar, Richard Illingworth, and Ahsan Raza, the fourth umpire
Best Player: Rashid Riaz Mohammad Hafeez
I would like to express my gratitude to everyone present as well as management for believing in my abilities. We are all aware that absorbing pressure in the final is everything.We were able to get back into the game thanks to Brook and my strong teamwork, and Wiese did a great job of wrapping it up.They are now receiving the reward for all of our hard work over the past seven years. Shaheen Afridi’s leadership of the team impressed me greatly.He granted us complete authority and the freedom to express ourselves, and I want to express my gratitude to him in particular.
Roshan Mahanama, the match referee, Michael Gough, Aleem Dar, Richard Illingworth, and Ahsan Raza, the fourth umpire, receive their awards first. Now comes the eagerly anticipated presentation ceremony.
Zaman Khan: Afridi led us well, and the team finished with a total.It was just supported by the bowlers. Shaheen bhai has taken excellent care of me and supported me as an older brother. I enjoy bowling with Afridi, Rauf, and Rashid, three of the world’s best bowlers.
Patel, Samit: Absolutely (assuming victory). After being three down in the powerplay and the professor (Hafeez) having just demonstrated his class, the way we handled the situation today was outstanding.He has a lot of experience, and tonight he showed it all.
We also played well with the ball.If you look around our team, you’ll see that we have a lot of self-confidence; a leader like that just brings out the best in you.He is constantly started up and is a world mixer, you simply need to see his exhibitions, they are remarkable and the speed he bowls at and his mate at the opposite end Haris, they generally need to bowl quick and they bowled quick.
Shafique, Abdullah: It’s a great feeling.We are all very proud that Lahore has won this title for the first time. Fortunately, I was able to hold on (referring to Rossouw’s catch), which was an important catch in the same way that it was an important wicket.The crowd is vivacious, and we hope that they will continue to show their support for us throughout the Australia series.
Wiese, David: I thought the batters before me did a good job setting it up.Brook was at the other end when I went out, and we could get a competitive score together.We were confident because we had previously defeated Multan in the tournament. However, this is a final, and anything can happen, so we just came with the mindset to enjoy every moment.
The veteran Mohammad Hafeez‘s brilliant all-round performance (69 and 2-23) handed Lahore Qalandars their maiden PSL title at home on Sunday (February 27). The law of averages finally caught up with Multan Sultans, who, after igniting the seventh edition of PSL with some of the highest totals, faltered spectacularly in a chase of 181 in the finale.
The Qalandars, who chose to bat first, were in trouble when they lost their top-three inside powerplay for just 25 runs.However, Harry Brook (41* off 22) and David Wiese (28* off 8) provided the finishing touches to an explosive finish before Hafeez stepped up just when it mattered with a 46-ball 69, putting together two useful partnerships for fifty runs.
Hafeez and Kamran Ghulam (15) added 54 runs for the fourth wicket stand that he dominated after Asif Afridi struck twice to leave Qalandars at 25 for 3 two balls into the fifth over.Hafeez and Brook picked up the pace after just one quiet over to turn the tables on Sultans, but Asif broke that partnership as well to give Sultans the much-needed breakthrough they needed at a crucial point.
In the 15th over, Hafeez scored his first fifty of the season off 36 deliveries, but Brook quickly took control, scoring 4, 6, 6 off Rumman Raees in the 20-run 17th over.Shahnawaz Dahani struck back for Sultans with the wicket of well-settled, but Wiese picked up right where he left off and struck three towering sixes and a four in the final two overs to propel Qalandars to a massive 180/5 from their allotted overs, with as many as 87 coming off just the last six of those overs. Shahnawaz Dahani took the wicket of well-settled.
His memorable night continued when Hafeez returned with the new ball after the break and cheaply sent in-form Mohammad Rizwan and Aamer Azmat to leave Sultans reeling on 46/3 shortly after the powerplay.Sultans never had a chance to recover from the top-order stutter, which not only stifled their chase early but also sapped its momentum.They were playing catch-up when Zaman Khan struck twice in his subsequent overs, reducing them to 63 for 5 halfway through the 11th over.
With their quick 51-run partnership in just 5.3 overs, Tim David (27 off 17) and Khushdil Shah (32 off 23) behind the eight ball revived glimmering hopes of a comeback story.However, Tim’s attempt to hit out was thwarted by Fakhar Zaman’s superb forward-diving catch at deep midwicket, when the asking rate was nearly 17.
When Shaheen Afridi gave David Willey a golden duck with an absolute toe-crusher, he made it a double-wicket over and almost ended the match for his team.With 20 scalps, he became the season’s top wicket-taker with another one in the penultimate over. However, Khushdil’s departure in the previous over was the final blow to Sultans, who had thoroughly dominated the league phase with nine wins in ten games.
Brief scores: Mohammed Hafeez (69), Harry Brook (41), and David Wiese (28) scored Lahore Qalandars’ 180/5 in 20 overs.In 19.3 overs, Asif Afridi (3-19) defeated the Multan Sultans with 138 runs (Khushdil Shah 32;by 42 runs (Shaheen Afridi 3-30, Mohammad Hafeez 2-23)
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