Multan Sultans outclass: KARACHI Multan Sultans defeated Peshawar Zalmi by 47 runs in the final to claim their first HBL Pakistan Super League title at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Thursday, leaving them heartbroken for the third time in four seasons.
Peshawar never got going in replying to a record target of 207 in a decider, as a frightening asking rate of nearly 10 runs per over proved too much for them. Their aspirations were dashed early in the Powerplay overs when Blessing Muzarabani, a towering fast bowler, removed Hazratullah Zazai for six runs. Muzarabani was astute enough to modify his tempo, and Zazai sliced the slower ball to Shan Masood at the short point. Multan Sultans outclass
Imran Tahir, a wily former South African spinner, put the last nail in Peshawar’s coffin with three wickets in his final over to end with 3-33. Shoaib Malik was the only one who put up a fight, striking 48 off 28 balls in a lone struggle (three sixes and three fours). With Rovman Powell, he shared the only significant partnership of the innings (66 in 30 balls) (23). Multan Sultans outclass
Multan, headed by Sohaib and Rossouw, put on a spectacular display of power hitting and subtle touches to comfortably cross the critical 200 marks. Multan batting scored 116 runs from the last eight overs, with searing strokes from Sohaib and Rossouw, as their third-wicket partnership of 98 in just 44 balls left Peshawar dazed. Khushdil Shah added salt to Peshawar’s wounds by hitting two consecutive sixes off Amad Butt, who bowled the final over for 21 runs.
Multan, who was in fifth place when the Karachi leg was suspended in March, advanced to the final by winning five of their six matches in the Abu Dhabi leg, whereas Peshawar had a difficult start, losing twice. However, on the most important night of the tournament, Multan elected to pitch an unchanged XI, whereas Peshawar had to adjust their lineup after Umaid Asif became unavailable due to a breach of the bio-secure bubble procedures on Wednesday. Sameen Gul, a fellow seaman, took his place.
Wahab Riaz got his wish when the Peshawar captain called the toss properly and chose to bowl right away. He must have been aware that his team had won both Eliminators — against Karachi Kings and Islamabad United — by chasing, as well as the fact that the side batting second had won four previous finals. Multan Sultans outclass
Shan Masood and Rizwan both took their time getting out of the blocks against a one-dimensional bowling attack, while Peshawar went with an all-pace attack. Shan did hit three boundaries in the fifth over, which was bowled by Sameen after Rizwan had dispatched Mohammad Irfan over the square leg boundary for the first maximum of the innings in the previous over.
Shan’s desperation finally caught up with him when he tried an ugly hoick against emerging left-arm seamer Mohammad Imran and was dismissed for a 29-ball 37 (six boundaries) to finish a 68-run stand from 52 deliveries. When Imran forced him to chase a wide delivery, Rizwan, who hit a run-a-ball 30 (two fours and one six) and became the first player this year to reach 1,000 runs in all T20 cricket, quickly followed his opening partner. Multan Sultans outclass
Rizwan was the tournament’s leading batsman with 500 runs and 20 dismissals in 12 matches. Then there were the explosions from Sohaib and Rossouw. Sohaib received Player of the Tournament and Player of the Match awards. He struck 65 off 35 balls with six fours and three sixes to celebrate his selection in Pakistan’s white-ball squads for the upcoming tours of England and the West Indies.
Rossouw was a member of the Quetta Gladiators’ title-winning team two years ago when Sohaib played in the final for Peshawar in Karachi. He was harsh on Peshawar’s bowling, slamming a storming 50 off only 21 deliveries, including five fours and three sixes. Amad’s first six was a spectacular scoop behind square leg. Multan Sultans outclass
SULTANS OF MULTAN:
Imran37 b Shan Masood
Mohammad Rizwan c Kamran b Imran30 Mohammad Rizwan c Kamran b Imran30 Mohammad Rizwan
Sohaib Maqsood is still alive65.
Irfan50, R.R. Rossouw, R.R. Rossouw, R.R. Rossouw, R.R. Rossouw, R.R.
J. Charles lbw b Sameen0 lbw b Sameen0 lbw b Sameen0
Khushdil Shah is still alive15.
B-1, LB-1, W-6, NB-1, EXTRAS (B-1, LB-1, W-6, NB-1)9
COMPLETE (for four wkts, 20 overs)
1-68 (Shan, 8.4 ov), 2-83 (Rizwan, 10.6 ov), 3-181 (Rossouw, 18.2 ov), 4-183 (Rossouw, 18.2 ov), 4-183 (Rossouw, 18.2 ov), 4-183 (Rossouw, 18.2 ov), 4-183 (Rossouw, 18.2 ov), 4-183 (R (Charles, 18.3 ov).
Sohail Tanvir, Imran Tahir, B. Muzarabani, Imran Khan, and Shahnawaz Dahani DID NOT BAT.
Sameen Gul 4-0-26-2 (2w); Mohammad Irfan 4-0-27-0; Wahab Riaz 4-0-52-0 (3w); Amad Butt 4-0-52-0 (1nb); Mohammad Imran 4-0-47-2. BOWLING: Sameen Gul 4-0-26-2 (2w); Mohammad Irfan 4-0-27-0; Wahab Riaz 4-0-52-0 (3w); Amad Butt 4-0-52-0 (1nb); Moham
Imran Khan36 Kamran Akmal
Muzarabani6 Hazratullah Zazai c Shan
J.W. Wells has run out of money6.
Imran Tahir c Shoaib Malik b Sohail48
Muzarabani23, R. Powell, Rizwan, R. Powell, Rizwan, Rizwan, Rizwan, Rizwan, Rizwan
Rizwan c S.E. Rutherford b Imran Tahir18
Imran Khan7, Amad Butt, Rizwan, Amad Butt, Rizwan, Rizwan, Rizwan, Rizwan, Riz
Imran Tahir b Wahab Riaz0
Imran Tahir Mohammad Imran Mohammad Imran Mohammad Imran Mohammad Imran Mohammad Imran Moham
Sameen Gul is still in the game7.
Mohammad Irfan is still in the game.
EXTRAS (W-6, NB-2)EXTRAS (W-6, NB-2)EXTRAS (W-6,
159 (for nine wickets, 20 overs)
3-58 (Wells, 9.2 ov), 4-124 (Powell 14.1 ov), 5-137 (Shoaib Malik, 15,1 ov), 6-150 (Rutherford, 16.3 ov), 7-151 (Wahab Riaz, 16.5 ov), 8-151 (Mohammad Imran, 16.6 ov), 9-151 (Mohammad Imran, 16.6 ov), 9-151 (Moham (Amad Butt).
Imran Khan 4-1-27-2 (1nb, 1w); Muzarabani 4-0-26-2 (1nb); Shahnawaz Dahani 4-0-38-0 (2w); Imran Tahir 4-0-33-3 (3w).
Multan Sultans triumphed by 47 runs.
Ahsan Raza and Aleem Dar are the UMPIRES.
Asif Yaqoob, Asif Yaqoob, Asif Yaqoob, Asif Yaqoob, As
Mohammad Anees is the match referee.
The dismissals would have given Zalmi hope that their bowlers would be able to stop the flow of runs and take more wickets, putting the Sultans under more pressure. Sohaib Maqsood and Rilee Rossouw, on the other hand, did not allow the Zalmi bowlers to take advantage of the two quick wickets.
The pair put on a 98-run stand, and the Sultans had reached 180 runs by the time Rossouw was dismissed in the 18th over. Soon after attaining his half-century, Gul terminated the South African.
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