Last Update on: February 14th, 2023 at 02:13 pm
The defending champion Lahore Qalandars started their campaign in the eighth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) by winning the thrilling encounter against the Multan Sultans at the Multan Cricket Stadium in Multan on Monday, February 13. The Shaheen Afridi-led team beat the Mohammad Rizwan-led team by just one run in the first match of the season.
Multan Sultans captain Mohammad Rizwan won the toss and elected to field first. Opening batter Fakhar Zaman scored a brilliant half-century of 66 runs off 42 balls to help the Qalandars reach a competitive total of 175 runs for the loss of six wickets in the allocated 20 overs. The right-arm pacer Zaman Khan bowled brilliantly and successfully defended 15 runs in the final over.
The young pacer Shahnawaz Dahani had a chance to run out the batter, but he missed a simple chance, which happened in the 17th over of Lahore’s innings. Hussain Talat charged down the wicket as Sikandar Raza tapped the first ball of the over down the pitch, and when he realized Raza hadn’t moved, he turned back. Dahani had enough time to run toward the stumps, but he decided to throw the ball from a few yards, and the ball missed the wickets.
Waqar Younis, one of the on-air commentators, said, “They are both at one end. He could have just run. WHY? WHY? God,” while the other one said, “Oh it’s bad, it’s really bad,” followed by a burst of laughter caught on the mic.
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Lahore’s score was 130/4 after 16 overs when Dahani had the chance to give his team a fifth wicket. Raza smashed six and four in the last two balls of the 17th over after missing the runout chance. The Multan Sultans will next take on the Quetta Gladiators at their home ground in Multan on Wednesday, February 15.