Fakhar Zaman’s 37-ball 60 units up unassailable goal as league leaders lose for first time
Lahore Qalandars 182 for 4 (Fakhar 60, Hafeez 43) beat Multan Sultans 130 all out (Zaman Khan 3-21) by 52 runs
It took seven matches and two venues to get there, however Multan Sultans have lastly misplaced a recreation. It got here in opposition to the house favourites Lahore Qalandars in an impressively scientific efficiency from Shaheen Afridi’s facet, who, after posting 182, noticed off the defending champions by 52 runs with consummate ease.
In what was a crew effort by Qalandars’ bowlers, Sultans had been denied the power to get off to the quick begin they depend on a lot for his or her dominance. They managed simply 38 within the first six overs and, because the asking price climbed, Rashid Khan broke open the sport with wickets off successive balls. Common wickets continued to fall, and whereas Sultans, Khushdil Shah specifically, continued to go laborious on the goal, Mohammad Rizwan’s facet fell a way brief.
Fakhar’s 37-ball 60 apart, it did not appear as if Sultans had been falling too far behind within the recreation. Imran Tahir and Khushdil stored Qalandars trustworthy with spin by means of the center, whereas Abbas Afridi was sensational along with his variations. By the 14-over mark, Qalandars had simply 107 on the board, and with Mohammad Hafeez and Kamran Ghulam struggling for momentum, Rizwan’s males seemingly had little to fret about.
However 76 off the ultimate six overs, aided by less-than-accurate dying bowling, helped the house facet end up with a frightening 182. In a season the place the pendulum of energy has shifted dramatically from the chasers to the defenders, Sultans wanted a brisk begin. But it surely was one they had been emphatically denied, with Afridi and Haris Rauf maintaining issues tight with the brand new ball. Afridi bought the massive wicket of Shan Masood with a stunning offcutter, whereas Rashid and David Wiese stored the batters quiet.
The Afghan legspinner cleaned up Rizwan for a 27-ball 20 which had been a wrestle all through, but it surely was Rilee Rossouw’s wicket that bought Qalandars believing. He was trapped in entrance off a flatter ball, with the umpire’s choice upheld on evaluation, and with the asking price having soared above 11, Sultans had misplaced a key asset of their chase. Sohaib Maqsood and Tim David had been useful for a number of boundaries right here and there, however they fell in consecutive overs, and Sultans abruptly started to fade.
Confidence pumping by means of their veins, and buoyed on by the most important crowd of the event, Qalandars ripped by means of Multan’s decrease order. They had been looking for to put up not simply two additional factors on the board, however make an announcement each facet within the league can be compelled to heed. Rauf removed Khushdil, who represented the final glimmer of Sultan’s hope earlier than Afridi cleaned up Muzarabani. It was left to rising participant Zaman Khan to select up the ultimate wicket in a contest from which Qalandars have unquestionably emerged as one of many real title contenders this season.
Danyal Rasool is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @Danny61000