Lahore Qalandars beat Multan Sultans to become first team to qualify for PSL8 playoffs


LAHORE – Table toppers Lahore Qalandars continued their winning momentum and become the first squad to advance in the ongoing Pakistan Super League season 8.

Chasing not so easy target of 181, Multan Sultans managed to start with a positive approach. Skipper  Mohammad Rizwan and opener Shan Masood scored 44 in powerplay; the latter returned to the pavilion after being caught out by ace speedster Shaheen Afridi.

Mohammad Rizwan could not continue and he was the next player to return to the hut after scoring 30 off 27 deliveries. Sultans came up with an experiment and Usama Mir was promoted up the 27-year-old got 17 runs in 11 balls. Rashid Khan got him and later outfoxed David Miller on a single

Afghan seamer remained on a rampage with impressive figures of 3-15 in four overs; Khan sent Rilee Rossouw back to the pavilion. Power hitter Pollard scored 39 runs with couple of maximum but all in vain.

In the first innings, high-flying Qalandars managed to score a big number of 180 despite opener Fakhar Zaman perishing on a golden duck. In form Ihsanullah then dismissed Mirza Tahir, breaking a 50-run partnership.

Following Baig’s departure, Abdullah Shafique and Sam Billings gained momentum; Shafique was however dismissed on 48 off 35 balls. Sam Billings was caught in front of the stumps while he stitched half a ton in 35 balls. Sikandar Raza slammed a quick 14, while David Wiese remained unbeaten on 15 runs.

For Sultans, Kieron Pollard, Ihsanullah, Abbas Afridi, and Anwar Ali got two scalps each.

Qalandars earlier won the toss and decided to bat first against Multan Sultans in Pakistan Super League (PSL) season eight match.

Playing XI

Multan Sultans: Mohammad Rizwan(w/c), Shan Masood, Rilee Rossouw, David Miller, Kieron Pollard, Khushdil Shah, Anwar Ali, Usama Mir, Abbas Afridi, Sameen Gul, Ihsanullah

Lahore Qalandars: Fakhar Zaman, Mirza Tahir Baig, Abdullah Shafique, Sam Billings(w), Hussain Talat, Sikandar Raza, David Wiese, Rashid Khan, Shaheen Afridi(c), Haris Rauf, Zaman Khan