Multan Sultans Vs Lahore Qalandar | Qualifier | PSL 7, Multan Sultans won by 28 runs Lahore Qalandars might have beaten them in the group stages, but Multan Sultans showed why they won the other nine, squeezing out a gritty 28-run win over the home team to The Sultans were able to post 163, which was actually a better total than it appeared at the time thanks to Rilee Rossouw’s unbeaten 65 off 42 balls on a pitch that was especially difficult to bat on.
| Multan Sultans 163 for 2 (Rossouw 65*, Rizwan 53*) beat Lahore Qalandars 135 for 9 (Fakhar 63, Dahani 3-19, Willey 2-23) by 28 runs |
Lahore Qalandars might have beaten them in the group stages, but Multan Sultans showed why they won the other nine, squeezing out a gritty 28-run win over the home side to book their place in their second successive final. An unbeaten 42-ball 65 from Rilee Rossouw on a pitch that proved especially tricky to bat, on helped the Sultans post 163, which in hindsight was a better total than it appeared at the time.
The bowlers picked up the mantle from thereon, a disciplined showing as a unit withstanding an onslaught from Fakhar Zaman that threatened to throw the Sultans at the mercy of Friday’s eliminator. Once the in-form opener was trapped in front by David Willey for 63 off 45, the Qalandars middle and lower order crumbled, and the relentless defending champions closed the game out with comfort.
Rizwan, Rossouw fifties, Dahani three-for send Sultans into PSL 2022 final as Fakhar 63 in vain in qualifier
Multan Sultans’ 163 proved too much for Lahore Qalandars, who lost by 28 runs
After that, the bowlers took over, putting on a disciplined performance as a team and surviving an attack from Fakhar Zaman that threatened to put the Sultans in the hands of Friday’s elimination match.The Qalandars middle and lower order crumbled after the in-form opener was trapped in front by David Willey for 63 off 45, and the relentless defending champions comfortably won the game.
Mohammad Rizwan carried his bat after the Qalandars won the toss and chose to field. However, he was unable to find his rhythm throughout the entire innings, which ended in a scratchy but unbeaten 51-ball 53.While Shaheen Afridi and Samit Patel kept things tight up top, the Qalandars were especially sparse on the surface, with Hafeez allowing just 16 runs in four innings.The threatening Shan Masood was caught in front by Hafeez’s first ball, and the surface, in addition to the nervy abundance of caution displayed by the defending champions, kept them in check for the majority of the innings.
After Tim David was declared ineligible due to a positive Covid test, the Sultans suffered a significant setback when Aamer Azmat was elevated to No.3 following the early termination.His intentions were obvious right away: He took control while Rizwan took his time to settle in by removing a few boundaries from Shaheen Afridi’s second over.He had struck a crisp 22-ball 33 by the time he fell, looking to take on Samit Patel and finding himself out of his crease, and the Sultans had a platform.
Rizwan could have thrown caution to the wind given that Khushdil Shah and Johnson Charles were waiting in the dugout, but Rossouw made the crucial moves down the other side.Even the South African struggled to find his timing in the beginning, scoring 28 out of his first 22 balls, but he gradually improved in the final six overs.The Sultans’ crucial 18th-over assault against Haris Rauf, during which Rossouw hit fours and sixes for a 33-ball half-century, was almost entirely attributed to the left-hander.
Qalandars started cautiously again after losing their previous two games while chasing what appeared to be low totals.However, unlike those instances, Fakhar did not lose his wicket quickly, even though the rising asking rate remained a persistent concern on a surface where bowlers were difficult to escape.Abdullah Shafique was cleaned up by Asif Afridi, and Kamran Ghulam felt like he was lucky on a risky single.In the subsequent over, Khushdil, who has been a revelation with the ball this season, trapped Mohammad Hafeez for a three-ball duck.The Qalandars had reached a halfway point of 59 for 3, and the asking rate was already in the double digits.
A near-capacity crowd at the Gaddafi Stadium saw Fakhar’s presence at the crease as the most realistic hope, and the left-hander made his move in the 12th over against the calculating Imran Tahir.From under a run-a-ball, Fakhar was all of a sudden bringing up a 37-ball 50 after hitting three consecutive sixes, the third of which was a monstrous shot into the second tier. The Sultans were suddenly reminded that the game wasn’t over in Multan Sultans Vs Lahore Qalandar | Qualifier | Match 31 | PSL 7.
However, Sultans’ diverse group of bowlers know how to chip away, and they did so.Shahnawaz Dahani struck Harry Brook in front of the stumps, removing the man who has scored one of the three PSL hundreds this season. Dahani’s purple patch last year has been replaced by occasional periods of form this time.However, Willey’s lbw trap of Fakhar was the real blow to the home team’s hopes.In the Englishman’s three-over spell, it was one of two crucial wickets and finally broke Qalandars’ back.
As Shaheen Afridi’s team collapsed, the Sultans’ dominance faded into the background.They would lose six wickets for 26 runs because the lower order didn’t fight back, with Dahani taking the most of them with three wickets.Lahore may get another chance to win the PSL, but the home team is only one game from losing their hopes of winning the tournament.This time, the unstoppable defending champions set the fires ablaze, and they continue to burn, with neither side knowing how to put it out.
Shahnawaz Dahani’s late three-fer, after Rilee Rossouw’s (65*) and skipper Mohammad Rizwan’s (53*) fifties, scripted a comfortable 28-run victory over Lahore Qalandars in the Qualifier as defending champions Multan Sultans stormed into the PSL 2022 final on Wednesday (February 23). Dahani and Rossouw star as Multan Sultans enter final.
Sultans overcame a slow start with an unbroken partnership of 113 runs between Rossouw and Rizwan, achieving a par score of 163/2 from their 20 overs.Nevertheless, despite Fakhar Zaman’s determined score of 63, Qalandars were hampered by sharp bowling during the powerplay and at stumps.
Throughout the majority of his stay, Rizwan struggled with timing despite his fifty.After falling short early in the second set against Shan Masood, Sultans were unable to move forward.However, with a fluent 33-second cameo, Aamer Azmat relieved his skipper of some pressure.The no.Sultans managed a modest 45/1 from their powerplay, but the third batter only played 22 innings and hit five useful boundaries to keep the scoreboard going.
Mohammad Hafeez’s four-over spell with figures of 1 for 16 kept Sultans in check throughout, but Rossouw pulled things back for his side by breaking the four-over boundary-less streak with a lucky edge that safely raced away to the third man fence.
Rossouw quickly settled in, outscoring Rizwan to a 34-ball fifty with a pull and sending the subsequent ball into the cow corner stands to make it a 14-run over. Rizwan was still struggling to find his rhythm, however.Rizwan, who was given a life on 43, went on to score 50 in the penultimate over as Sultans caught up in the last three overs to post a respectable 163/2.
With the exception of Zaman, however, none of the Qalandar batters put up a fight, so that proved sufficient.The Sultans’ new ball bowlers Asif Afridi and Rumman Raees, who combined to score only 29 runs in the five powerplay overs they bowled, deserve credit for taking Abdullah Shafique’s breakthrough wicket.
After the powerplay, Qalandars were 38/1, but they quickly fell to 48/3, which included the stumping of experienced Hafeez and an unnecessary run from Kamran Ghulam (20).
Zaman, on the other hand, stepped up when the chips were down.In a brutal counterattack that began with a hat trick of maximums against Imran Tahir in the 12th over, he made the most of the early reprieve and made up for Ghulam’s run-out by reviving Qalandars’ hopes.The slog sweep over deep midwicket, his fourth monster hit, came right after his 37-ball fifty.However, a dramatic collapse occurred just as he reduced the equation to a manageable 65 from the remaining 42.
Dahani, who was held off until the 14th over, struck with just three balls and drove out Phillip Salt and Harry Brook in subsequent overs.In the meantime, Willey’s lbw catch of Zaman on 63 was the game-winning punch.They both picked up additional wickets in their third overs, choking Qalandars to death.The defending champions advanced straight to the season finale as a result of the home team’s final 28-point loss.
Brief scores: Multan Sultans scored 163/2 in 20 overs thanks to Rilee Rossouw (65), Mohammad Rizwan (53), andMohammad Hafeez (1-16) won by 135/9 in 20 overs over Lahore Qalandars (Fakhar Razaman 63;by 28 runs (Shahnawaz Dahani 3-19, David Willey 2-23)
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