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Six talking points from Lahore Qalandars vs Multan Sultans dead rubber

Fakhar Zaman’s men collapsed in front of disciplined bowling by the Sultans and ended up at the bottom of the points table

SAMAA | - Posted: Mar 11, 2019 | Last Updated: 3 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Mar 11, 2019 | Last Updated: 3 years ago

Fakhar Zaman’s men collapsed in front of disciplined bowling by the Sultans and ended up at the bottom of the points table

The Lahore Qalandars and the Multan Sultans met for one last time during the 29th match of the fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) on Monday.

The Sultans, led by their strike bowler Mohammad Abbas, gave the Qalandars a run for their money. Fakhar Zaman’s men collapsed in front of disciplined bowling by Sultans and ended up at the bottom of the points table.

Mohammad Abbas bowls superb

Abbas ripped through the Qalandars’ fragile batting line-up with three crucial wickets of Sohail Akhtar, Saad Ali, and David Wiese. His figures of 3-22 won him the Man of the Match.

Lahore Qalandars’ misfortunes continue

The Qalandars had its fair share of troubles throughout the tournament. First, their captain Mohammad Hafeez was ruled out of the tournament after playing only one match. And later, their star player AB de Villiers suffered an injury and could not travel to Pakistan. A severe crisis of leadership and many close losses continued to add to Lahore’s misfortunes in this edition as well.

Shahid Afridi’s final PSL game?

Rumours were circulating on social media that former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi was featuring in his last game. However, neither did Afridi comment on the rumours, nor could it be confirmed from any other source.

Bad day at the office for Lahore with the bat

The Qalandars’ batsmen could not repeat their performance from the last game against Islamabad United. At a pitch that had been dubbed a batting paradise the Qalandars failed to capitalise and ended up scoring a paltry 140, which wasn’t enough to defend. Other than their captain, no batsmen could put up a good show.

Boundaries galore for Multan Sultans

Things would have been different for the Sultans had they played the same way as they did today in previous games. Led by Shan Masood’s 48 off 25 deliveries, the Sultans chased down the Qalandars’ 140 in just 12.3 overs. The Sultans hit 15 fours and seven sixes to entertain an electric crowd at the National Stadium in Karachi.

Shan Masood powers Multan Sultans to easy win

Masood’s quickfire 48 might help in proving the point that he could be an effective player in shorter formats of the game. He played at a strike rate of 192, smashing a six and eight fours to help the Sultans end their campaign on a winning note.

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