In the PSL 2023 opening Lahore Qalandar Win By 1 Run PSL 8 1st Match , Zaman holds his nerve to win by one run for Lahore Qalandars. Although everything went according to plan, the outcome remained unpredictable. As you might expect from a lineup that includes Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, and Zaman Khan, Lahore Qalandars’ death bowling was unplayable, and Mohammad Rizwan set up a glorious chasing platform for Multan Sultans. But the Sultans lost by a single run in the end because they gave themselves too much to do against a high-quality bowling attack.
With a 42-ball 66 from the dependable and explosive Fakhar Zaman, Qalandars had reached 175 points. At the time, it appeared as though they had left runs on the board; however, despite the fact that the Sultans carried them all the way to the final ball, their skillful bowling ensured that they barely got away with it.
The Qalandars were brought in after the Sultans won the toss. Fakhar made a significant contribution as a result of losing Harry Brook and Kusal Mendis to unavailability. He and Tahir Baig, a Qalandars academy player, made an opening stand of 61 runs, but Fakhar kept going while run scoring was hard at the other end.
While spinners Akeal Hosein and Usama Mir managed to sneak in eight economical overs, Sultans began to take regular wickets, reducing the run rate and gradually shifting the momentum in their favor. However, sloppy play at the end, both on the field and with the ball, was costly, as cameos from Sikandar Raza and Hussain Talat ensured that 45 runs were scored in the final four overs.
Rizwan and Shan Masood guided the Sultans through the powerplay with ease, if not explosiveness, as you might expect. However, Rizwan’s timing and placement were particularly sweet as he picked up regular boundaries off-pace through the Powerplay and skillfully manipulated the field in opposition to Raza’s spin.
Lahore Qalandar Win By 1 Run PSL 1st Match
However, even though the Qalandars were not taking any wickets, they did not allow the Sultans to escape. Shan was having trouble getting going, and Rizwan’s usual post-powerplay slowdown caused the asking rate to start rising, almost unnoticeably at first. Between the ninth and fourteenth overs, there were no boundaries scored, Masood had just been run out for a 31-ball 35, and the asking rate was over ten.
Sultans in charge, but when Afridi and Rauf are truly on fire to the hilt, it’s hard to explain their genius. Rauf and Afridi dominated overs 15 to 19, when Sultans’ asking rate had spiraled out of control, with David Miller and Kieron Pollard at the crease in the final few overs, two players with T20 pedigree. With 15 runs needed to win, Sultans could only hope that young Zaman’s nerves would fray in the 20th.
However, that was ultimately unsuccessful, albeit by a small margin. Even though Khushdil Shah got a boundary to make it to the final delivery, he was only able to get four runs instead of the six that the Sultans needed to pull off the heist. In the first three balls, there were only two runs scored and as many wickets lost.
The Qalandars begin the PSL in the same way they ended the previous one: by defeating the Sultans. However, it would come in a suspenseful thriller rather than a straightforward one that irresistibly sets up the competition.
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