Sohail Akhtar-led unit register 25-run win on Sunday
An all-round performance from David Wiese helped Lahore Qalandars in securing a berth in the final of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 edition as they thrashed Multan Sultans in the second qualifier by 25 runs at the National Stadium, Karachi on Sunday.
After being put in to bat first, Qalandars posted a mammoth total of 182-6 in their allotted 20 overs.
Star of the show with the bat in hand was Wiese who smashed an unbeaten 48 off 21 balls with the help of five fours and three sixes.
He was well supported by opening batsman Fakhar Zaman who scored 46 off 36 balls.
For Sultans, leg-spinner Shahid Afridi was the pick of the bowlers as he claimed figures of two for 18 in his quota of four overs. In reply, despite having an excellent beginning, Multan never kept the momentum going and were bowled out for 157 in 19.1 overs.
Adam Lyth was the top-scorer for the losing team as he managed to score 50 off just 29 balls.
For the winning team, pacer Haris Rauf and Wiese were the star performers as both of them claimed three wickets each.
Lahore will now face Karachi Kings in the final of the mega-event on Tuesday at the same venue.
That’s it from us today. We you liked our coverage. We will see you again on Tuesday for the final of the PSL 2020.
That was a very comprehensive performance from Lahore Qalandars who are a deserving finalist.
WICKET: And that’s it. Lahore Qalandars are in the final of PSL 2020.
WICKET: Another one bites the dust. Shaheen on a hat-trick.
Multan Sultans 155-9 (18.4 overs)
WICKET: That should be the game. Khushdil Shah departs after scoring 30.
Multan Sultans 155-8 (18.3 overs)
WICKET: Absolute peach of a delivery from Rauf to dismiss Shahid Afridi on the first delivery.
Multan Sultans 116-6 (13.5 overs)
WICKET: Rauf gets another one as Rilee Rossouw departs after scoring 18.
Multan Sultans 116-5 (13.4 overs)
WICKET: Another one bites the dust. Lahore Qalandars on top as Ravi Bopara departs after scoring just one.
Multan Sultans 109-4 (12.5 overs)
WICKET: Another big wicket for Lahore as Multan’s captain departs after scoring 27.
Clever bowling from Dilbar Hussain.
Multan Sultans 102-3 (12 overs)
WICKET: David Wiese claims a major wicket as dangerous Adam Lyth went back to the pavilion after scoring 50 off 29.
Multan Sultans 80-2 (8.3 overs)
UPDATE: A fantastic half-century by Adam Lyth, his first in the PSL.
Multan 63-1 (6 overs)
Sultans need 120 off 84 balls to cement place in the final of the PSL 2020.
WICKET: Finally first wicket of Lahore Qalandars as Zeeshan Ashraf went back to the pavilion after scoring 12.
Multan Sultans 47-1 (4.2 overs)
UPDATE: Multan Sultans have cruised to 37 without loss in just three overs.
That was quite a finish from Wiese. Lahore Qalandars on top.
We are back with the live action here.
We will now see you at the other side of the break.
UPDATE: Wow. What a finish by David Wiese to help Qalandars set a mammoth target of 183 for Sultans to win.
Another Shahid Afridi fan spotted here
WICKET: Another one bites the dust. Dangerous Ben Duck departs after scoring just three.
Lahore Qalandars 111-5 (14.2 overs)
WICKET: Careless from Fakhar Zaman who departs after trying too many shots against part-time spinner Adam Lyth.
Lahore Qalandars 105-4 (13.3 overs)
WICKET: Big breakthrough for Shahid Afridi and Multan Sultans as last night’s hero Mohammad Hafeez departs after scoring 19 off 21 balls.
Lahore Qalandars 94-3 (12.1 overs)
UPDATE: Lahore Qalandars are 78-2 at the half-way mark.
Seems like some fans are already rooting for a Lahore-Karachi final.
WICKET: Another one for Sultans as Lahore’s captain Sohail Akhtar departs after scoring five.
Lahore Qalandars 54-2 (5.5 overs)
WICKET: Big breakthrough for Multan Sultans as Junaid Khan removes settled Tamim Iqbal.
Lahore Qalandars 46-1 (4.5 overs)
Lahore Qalandars playing XI:
Fakhar Zaman, Tamim Iqbal, Sohail Akhtar (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Ben Dunk (wicketkeeper), Samit Patel, David Wiese, Muhammad Faizan, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Dilbar Hussain
Multan Sultans playing XI:
Zeeshan Ashraf (wicketkeeper), Adam Lyth, Shan Masood (captain), Rilee Rossouw, Ravi Bopara, Khushdil Shah, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Ilyas, Imran Tahir, Junaid Khan
News from the centre is Multan Sultans captain Shan Masood has won the toss and elected to bowl first.
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