In a PSL 2023 final, Qalandars set a target of 201-run for Sultans. The standout performance came from Shaheen Afridi, who scored 44 runs from just 15 balls, including 5 sixes. This put Sultans under immense pressure to chase down the target. Multan Sultans had everything under control in the first fourteen overs but lost it afterward.
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PSL 2023: Lahore Qalandars Set 201-Run Target
Lahore Qalandars’ captain Shaheen Shah Afridi won the toss and decided to bat first. Mirza Tahir Baig opened the innings for Lahore Qalandars and scored 30 runs from 16 balls before being dismissed by Ihsanullah. It was a great start for Lahore Qalandars, but they lost their momentum after that.
Fakhar Zaman, who had been in great form throughout the tournament, scored only 39 runs off 34 balls with a strike rate of 114.71. He was caught by Usman Khan as he was bowled by Usama Mir. However, Abdullah Shafique kept the momentum going with a good strike rate.
Fakhar Zaman made history in the PSL by hitting 100 sixes, but he couldn’t continue his form in the final. Sam Billings also got out early with 9 runs, as Usama Mir bowled beautifully and took three wickets in total.
Ahsan Bhatti was also sent back to the dugout by Usama Mir, who had a great day with the ball. Khushdil Shah knocked Sikandar Raza out of the game early, which was a big blow for Multan Sultans. Sikandar had played very well throughout the tournament, but he was not able to show his skills in the final.
However, Shaheen Shah Afridi came to bat with great intent and started hitting some boundaries, including a 91-meter-long six. Ihsanullah’s third over was the most expensive one as the crowd got under his nerves, and he conceded 24 runs from that over. This gave a big relief to Lahore Qalandars’ fans.
After that, Anwar Ali’s over also got expensive at first, but he took Abdullah Shafique out. Abdullah played some incredible innings for Lahore Qalandars. He hit boundaries all around the ground and ended up scoring 65 runs from 40 balls. Abdullah hit 8 fours and 2 sixes in his inning.
Shaheen’s Astounding Inning
But Shaheen Shah Afridi kept playing fearlessly and kept hitting massive sixes. This season of the PSL brought out Shaheen’s all-rounder skills, and he hit a massive six and broke the two hundred runs barrier. In the last 30 deliveries, Lahore Qalandars pulled off 85 runs just because of Shaheen Shah Afridi. As a result, Lahore Qalandars gave a 201-run target to Multan Sultans.
In reply, Multan Sultans started their innings well, but they couldn’t maintain their momentum. They lost wickets at regular intervals and were eventually bowled out for 149 runs in 19.2 overs, falling short of the target by 51 runs. Lahore Qalandars’ bowlers did an excellent job, with Shaheen Shah Afridi taking three wickets.
In a high-stakes encounter, Qalandars have set a challenging target of 201 runs for Sultans in the PSL 2023. The Qalandars’ impressive batting performance showcases their determination and skill. As the Sultans take on this formidable task, cricket enthusiasts are in for an exhilarating chase that promises to be a thrilling culmination to this match.