Side register seven-wicket win on Friday
Mohammad Rizwan and Shanwaz Dhani’s outstanding performance helped Multan Sultans in registering their first win of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 as they defeated Lahore Qalandars by seven wickets at the National Stadium in Karachi on Friday.
After winning the toss, the Sultans’ captain elected to field first and his decision proved a correct one as Qalandars only managed to post 157-6 in their allotted 20 overs.
Mohammad Hafeez continued his exceptional form and finished the innings with the top score of 60 off 35 balls with the help of three fours and five sixes.
For the winning team, young pacer Dhani and Carlos Brathwaite were the star performers as they claimed two wickets each.
In reply, Sultans managed to chase down the target in the 17th over at the expense of just three wickets.
Captain Rizwan continued his great run with the bat in hand and finished the match with the top score of 76 off 49 balls with the help of 12 fours.
He was well-supported by Sohaib Maqsood who remained unbeaten on 61 off 41 balls with the help of seven fours and two sixes.
For Qalandars, left-arm pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi was the pick of the bowlers as he claimed figures of 2-29 in his quota of four overs.
For his outstanding batting performance, Rizwan was named player-of-the-match.
So that’s it from us for the time being, we will join you again for the second match of the day. Till then, it’s goodbye.
And that’s it. Great win for the Sultans who are finally off the mark in the competition.
Sultans are in complete control as they now need just 22 off 37 balls.
Fantastic knock by Sohaib Maqsood.
A big wicket but it feels like it came a little too late. But a great achievement for the young left-armer.
OUT! Shaheen Shah Afridi gets his 100th wicket in T20 cricket as he removes Multan Sultans captain Mohammad Rizwan who played a brilliant knock of 76.— Samaa Sports (@samaasport) February 26, 2021
MS 140-3 (14.1)
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This Twitter user has a valid point.
Poor day in the field continues for Fakhar Zaman.
Another fine knock by the right-hander.
Fifty-up for @MultanSultans‘ captain. A fine knock by the right-hander who completed his second half-century of the competition 👏👏👏— Samaa Sports (@samaasport) February 26, 2021
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At the end of the powerplay:
MS 58-2 (6)
Another big one for Sultans. In-form Vince departs.
Three fours in an over. Brilliant one for the Sultans.
MS 24-1 (2)
Huge wicket for Qalandars.
OUT! A peach of a delivery from @iShaheenAfridi to remove dangerous but out-of-form Chris Lynn, who went back to the pavilion without scoring.— Samaa Sports (@samaasport) February 26, 2021
MS 1-1 (0.3)
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We are back for the second half.
We will join you again for the second-half soon.
Lahore Qalandars have managed to set the target of 158 for Multan Sultans in the seventh match of the PSL 2021.
A brilliant over from Sohail Khan to finish the innings.
Another big one Dhani. He is having a great day.
OUT! These two are just stoppable today. Another wicket for Dhani as Brathwaite takes the catch of dangerous Wiese.— Samaa Sports (@samaasport) February 26, 2021
LQ 141-6 (18.3)
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That was a big one. Sultans are well and truly on top.
Another huge one. Sultans are right back in it.
Big wicket for the Sultans. They need a couple more to stay alive in the contest.
Another brilliant knock from the right-hander.
SIX and that’s 50-up for @lahoreqalandars‘ professor once again.— Samaa Sports (@samaasport) February 26, 2021
A top knock by the right-handed batsman, who completed his second consecutive half-century in the competition.
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At the end of the powerplay:
LQ 25-2 (6)
OUT! Brilliant from the youngster. Sultans on top here.
LQ 17-2 (4.3)
Very good start for Sultans now.
OUT! Brathwaite the man for Sultans as he removes Qalandars’ captain Sohail Akhtar.— Samaa Sports (@samaasport) February 26, 2021
LQ 17-1 (3.2 overs)
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Qalandars off to a rather cautious start.
LQ 17-0 (3 overs)
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Here is the playing XI for Multan Sultans.
.@MultanSultans made just one change in their playing XI for the match against @lahoreqalandars where Sohail Khan replaced out-of-form @sohailmalik614 👇#Cricket #HBLPSL2021 #LQvMS pic.twitter.com/p7QUubGpPZ— Samaa Sports (@samaasport) February 26, 2021
Here is the playing XI of Lahore Qalandars.
Both teams are coming in this match with a very different form.
Qalandars have won both of their matches and they are placed at the top of the table whereas Sultans have lost both opening matches and are placed second-to-bottom.
Toss: The news from the centre is that Mohammad Rizwan has won the toss and elected to bowl first.
It’s Lahore Qalandars who are taking on Multan Sultans at the National Stadium in Karachi.
Welcome to the live blog for the seventh match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021.