PSL 2019

PSL 2019 Match 29: Lahore Qalandars vs Multan Sultan (Post-Match)

PSL 2019 Match 29: Lahore Qalandars vs Multan Sultans Post Match

 

In the 29th match of PSL – Lahore Qalandars vs Multan Sultans, Abbas’s wonderful spell with the ball and Shan’s sublime hitting with the bat takes Multan over the line.

Match Report

PSL was having the last day of group matches in what was a dead rubber match. Both the bottom-placed teams, Lahore and Multan, were already eliminated as they faced each other.

1st Innings: Fakher carries a dented Lahore

Lahore lost the toss and was asked to bat first. Fakher started in some style as he dispatched Abbas’ first two balls for fours. He continued to bash the bowlers but he never quite got any support from the other end. Green struck early as he bowled Wessels (4). Akhtar (5) soon followed his compatriot as he got cramped for room by Abbas and gave a simple catch to Dan Christian at long on.

Fakher continued the onslaught but soon lost his other partner in Haris Sohail. Afridi got his 1st wicket as Sohail gave a simple catch to Dan in the deep. Fakher hit Green for 3 consecutive boundaries in the next over as he brought up his half-century.

However, he (53) got a bit carried away and tried another big shot in the next over but skied one to point, giving Afridi his 2nd of the day. After his dismissal, Lahore just never really got going, despite Wiese’s cameo of 30 from 22, as wickets continued to fall. Abbas, 3 wickets, and Afridi, 2 wickets, bowled great spells as they restricted Lahore to a mere 140/8 in their 20.

2nd Innings: All too easy for the Sultans

Looking to end the tournament on somewhat of a high note, the Sultans’ batsmen came out with intent. Siddiq (13) opened his account with 2 sixes to Haris Rauf but was unfortunate to get out in the very next over. However, Shan came in and picked up from where Siddiq left, dispatching the bowlers for plenty. James Vince also joined the act as he hit a very brisk 25 of 14, 4 boundaries, but got out to Shaheen Afridi.

Shan Masood and Charles continued to hammer the bowlers as they looked to wrap proceedings early. Shan Masood couldn’t bring up his half-century as he fell to Wiese but not before he played a blinder, 48 off 25 including 9 boundaries. However, Charles remained unbeaten as Multan got over the line, comfortably winning with 7 wickets and 45 balls to spare.

Plenty of Positives

It was a dead rubber match as both the teams were already eliminated. However, this didn’t stop Multan from putting on a brutal display overall. Lahore has had yet another disappointing PSL campaign but they also have been unlucky with a number of injuries.

Despite all of this, a number of positives can be taken from both these teams. Shan Masood, who vowed to show that he can play all three formats earlier, put in a wonderful performance today and gives Pakistan a positive selection dilemma before the World Cup. Similar is the case with Muhammad Abbas who has been magnificent with the ball in this PSL and can come in real handy on the English soil. Fakher Zaman has come back in form, something which was very important for Pakistan.

The likes of Sohail Akhtar and Umer Siddiq have also shown that they are more than just a rotating option. Shaheen Afridi has been a World Beater while the young sensation, Muhammad Ilyas, is one to look out for in the future.

Moment of the Match

The moment of the match today has definitely got to be the wild reception Boom Boom got when he entered the pitch as the crowd chanted his name.

Man of the Match

Mohammad Abbass got the man of the match for his bowling spell.

Up Next

Up next, it’s the last match of the group stage which sees Peshawar Zalmi taking on Karachi Kings.

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