It was a memorable night for Lahore fans, after their beloved Qalandars defeated their favorite Multan Sultan by 42 points in the final at Gaddafi Stadium on Sunday, and finally lost years of suffering to win their first Pakistani Super League title.
After setting a goal for 181 people, Multan’s run chase went as planned, with in-form duo Mohammad Rizwan and Shan Masood.
Things changed in the bottom of the 4th when Mohammad Hafeez tossed Rizwan around his leg as the wheel began to come off in the Multan inning. Rizwan’s start opened the floodgates as the defending champion continued to lose wickets at regular intervals and soon found himself 5–63.
Tim David and Khushdil Shah formed a 51 RBI partnership with some resistance at this point, but all hope was lost after David disappeared on Shaheen’s second spell from over 17. In the end, Multan was eliminated with a drop of 138 as Lahore emerged as the new champion.
Earlier, Mohammad Hafeez had recovered himself by significantly boosting Lahore’s fluttering innings from 25, 3 to 5, 180.
His 69 and 46 innings came after a languid game in 28 innings in the previous match (against Islamabad), which had more losses than gains.
The professor’s rescue work was finally provided with fireworks by Lahore’s overseas imports, with Harry Brook smashing 22 balls 41 balls and David Wiese smashing 8 balls 28.
The work on the deaths of Brook and Wiese deserves more detail as Lahore was withering to 113-4 at the end of the 16th over. His last 24 balls scored an astonishing 67 runs and his last 12 balls scored 40 goals, so Wiese’s sledgehammer started working again.
Lahore’s win means all six PSL franchises have been champions at least once. This is a testament to the league’s competitiveness in suppressing monopoly and hitting streak.