Lahore Qalandars captain Shaheen Afridi celebrates taking a wicket in PSL 2022 final. Photo: PSL/Twitter..
It was a night to remember for Lahore fans as their beloved Qalandars erased the pain of years of failure to finally bag their maiden Pakistan Super League title by defeating favourites Multan Sultans in the final by 42 runs at Gaddafi Stadium on Sunday.
After being set a target of 181, Multan’s run chase was going according to plan with their in-form duo of Mohammad Rizwan and Shan Masood finding runs with ease.
Things changed in the 4th over when Mohammad Hafeez bowled out Rizwan around the legs as wheels began to come off the Multan innings. Rizwan's departure opened up the floodgates as the defending champions kept on losing wickets at regular intervals, soon finding themselves 63 for 5.
This was when Tim David and Khushdil Shah showed some resistance and formed a 51-run partnership but after David disappeared in Shaheen's second spell starting in the 17th over, all hope was lost. In the end, Multan were skittled out for 138 as Lahore emerged the new champions.
Earlier, Mohammad Hafeez redeemed himself as he rescued Lahore’s fluttering innings from 25 for 3 to help them on their way to a sizable 180 for 5.
His 69 off 46 came after a lethargic 28 off 28 in the previous game – a win over Islamabad – that had done more harm than good.
The Professor’s rescue job was provided fireworks at the end by Lahore’s foreign imports, with Harry Brook smashing a 22-ball 41 and David Wiese an 8-ball 28.
Brook and Wiese’s work at the death deserves more elaboration as at the end of the 16th over, Lahore were languishing at 113-4 — long way away from the eventual 180 they managed. The final 24 balls went for an astonishing 67 runs and the final 12 for 40 runs as Wiese’s sledgehammer of a bat went to work again...
Rameez Raja thanks everyone and invites Shaheen and the team to go up and collect the trophy. Everyone is celebrating, Hafeez clicks a picture with his family. These are great pictures and you can expect the social media pages of the teams and players to be lit up with them soon.
Shaheen Afridi, Lahore Captain:
PDP (player Development Board) has helped unearth many young players like Haris and Zaman. It was a difficult responsibility when I was appointed captain. But thanks to family, Hafeez who supported throughout and everyone in the team.I want to give credit to everyone in the team as all of them put up their hands and contributed at different times.
Mohammad Rizwan is The Player of the Tournament:
Lahore, along with us, deserved to win. Others were great in parts but we were consistently and thought it was fair that they won. The difference between the two sides was that they played better in pressure situations. Like Hafeez did after losing early wickets but we couldn't do that. (On captaincy) I play with everyone and support teammates. We all make mistakes and I look at them as fallible humans and try to be accepting of them which has helped.
................................................................................ Fakhar Zaman is the Batter of the tournament for his 588 runs..
Shadab Khan is the Bowler of the tournament for 19 wickets with two 4-wicket hauls and one 5-wicket haul..
Zaman Khan is the Emerging Player of the Tournament...
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