Side defeated Peshawar Zalmi by 47 runs in the final
Sohaib Maqsood’s outstanding batting performance followed by brilliant bowling performance from veteran leg-spinner Imran Tahir was enough for Multan Sultans to clinch the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 title after a thumping 47-run win against Peshawar Zalmi in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.
After being asked to bat first, Sultans never looked in any sort of trouble and managed to post a mammoth total of 206 for the loss of four wickets in their allotted 20 overs.
The star of the show was Sohaib Maqsood who scored a brilliant 65 off 35 balls with the help of six fours and three sixes.
He was well-supported by Rilee Rossouw who scored 50 off just 21 balls with the help of five fours and three sixes. The duo was involved in a 98-run partnership for the third wicket off just 44 balls.
For Zalmi, young pacers Sameen Gul and Mohammad Imran claimed two wickets each.
In reply, Peshawar had a tough beginning and lost the first three wickets for just 58 runs in the 10th over.
However, a fourth-wicket partnership of 66 runs kept Zalmi alive in the contest.
But a flurry of wickets left a little too much to do for the lower order and the side was restricted to 159 for the loss of nine wickets in their allotted 20 overs.
Malik finished the innings with the top score of 48 off 28 balls with the help of three fours and three sixes.
For Sultans, leggie Tahir was the star performer with the ball in hand as he claimed three wickets.
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So that’s it. What a great game of cricket it was and Multan Sultans were the deserving winners.
At the end of the innings:
PZ 159-9 (20 overs)
OUT! Imran Khan gets his third wicket as he removes Amad Butt.
PZ 151-9 (17.2 overs)
OUT! Third one for Tahir in the over. Unbelievable stuff from the veteran spinner. Young Imran goes back to the pavilion without scoring.
PZ 151-8 (17 overs)
OUT! Another for Tahir. He removes Wahab Riaz who went back to the pavilion without scoring.
PZ 151-7 (16.5 overs)
OUT! Huge wicket for Sultans as Tahir removes Rutherford. Seems like they now have one hand on the title.
PZ 150-6 (16.3 overs)
OUT! Huge wicket for Sultans as Malik departs after scoring a brilliant 48.
PZ 137-5 (15.1 overs)
OUT! Big wicket for Sultans as dangerous Powell departs after scoring 24.
PZ 124-4 (14.1 overs)
Twenty one off the over. Great one for Zalmi.
PZ 124-3 (14 overs)
With just eight to go:
PZ 84-3 (12 overs)
RUN OUT! Another one departs. Zalmi are in trouble.
PZ 58-3 (9.3 overs)
OUT! Another one bites the dust. Kamran departs and Sultans are well on top.
PZ 42-2 (6.1 overs)
OUT! Sultans gets a big one as he removes in-form Zazai.
PZ 42-1 (5.2 overs)
A decent start for Zalmi so far.
PZ 18-0 (2 overs)
We are back with the second innings of the match as Kamran Akmal and Hazratullah Zazai are out in the middle to open for Peshawar Zalmi whereas Sohail Tanvir will open the bowling for Multan Sultans.
Only time will tell if these runs are enough. We will join you again for the second-half of the match. Do join us then.
6, 6, 1, 4, 1, 1
Nineteen off the final over helped Multan Sultans set a mammoth target for Peshawar Zalmi in the final.
At the end of the innings:
MS 206-4 (20 overs)
Fantastic over from the right-arm pacer comes to an end where he gave away just five runs and claimed two wickets.
OUT! Another one for Gul. Brilliant from the youngster. Charles departs without scoring.
MS 181-4 (18.3 overs)
OUT! At last some good news for Peshawar Zalmi fans. Gul removes Rossouw.
MS 181-3 (18.2 overs)
The left-hander showcasing his talent during the match where it mattered the most.
FOUR and that’s a brilliant half-century from Rossouw. Top innings from the left-hander 👏— Samaa Sports (@samaasport) June 24, 2021
MS 180-2 (18 overs)
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An outstanding knock from the right-hander already.
With that single, Maqsood completes a brilliant half-century off just 26 balls. Sultans are clearly on top.— Samaa Sports (@samaasport) June 24, 2021
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Another big over for Sultans. They are well on top.
MS 127-2 (14 overs)
Big wicket for Zalmi. They are well in it.
OUT! Young Imran has his second wicket on the night as he removes Multan Sultans captain Mohammad Rizwan.— Samaa Sports (@samaasport) June 24, 2021
MS 83-2 (11 overs)
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At the half-way stage:
MS 73-1 (10 overs)
OUT! Finally, a wicket for Zalmi as young Mohammad Imran removes in-form Shan Masood.
MS 68-1 (8.4 overs)
At the end of the powerplay:
MS 42-0 (6 overs)
Three fours in an over from Shan Masood. He is on song and so are Sultans.
MS 37-0 (5 overs)
We are all set to start the contest with Shan Masood and Mohammad Rizwan out in the middle for Multan Sultans whereas Sameen Gul will begin the bowling for Peshawar Zalmi.
Here is Multan Sultans playing XI for the fixture today:
Let’s take a look at Peshawar Zalmi’s lineup for the match today:
Peshawar Zalmi have made a solitary change in the starting XI for the final of the PSL 2021 👇— Samaa Sports (@samaasport) June 24, 2021
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TOSS: The news from the centre is that Wahab Riaz has won the toss and Peshawar Zalmi will be bowling first.
It is Peshawar Zalmi who are taking on Multan Sultans.
Welcome to the live blog for the final of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021.