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Qalandars vs Sultans, 1st Match at Multan, Feb 13 2023, Pakistan Super League

RESULT
1st Match (N), Multan, February 13, 2023, Pakistan Super League
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(20 ov, T:176) 174/6

Qalandars won by 1 run

Player Of The Match
66 (42)
fakhar-zaman
Cricinfo's MVP
87.13 ptsImpact List
mohammad-rizwan
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Scorecard summary
Lahore Qalandars 175/6(20 overs)
66 (42)
2/25 (4)
32 (26)
2/37 (4)
Multan Sultans 174/6(20 overs)
Cricinfo’s Most Valuable Players of the Match
PLAYERTeam
TI
Runs
I. Runs
B. Impact
Bowl
I. Wkts
Bo. Impact
MS87.1375(50)83.5887.13--0
LQ85.1366(42)75.9185.13--0
MS59.11--02/252.2759.11
LQ54.820(12)19.8420.471/161.6134.34
LQ49.02--01/271.6949.02
end of over 2013 runs • 3 wickets
MS: 174/6CRR: 8.70 
Khushdil Shah12 (6b 2x4)
Akeal Hosein0 (0b)
Zaman Khan 3-0-29-1
Haris Rauf 4-0-37-1

Whoa! That was one heck of a game and the tournament couldn't have started any better. The exhilarating flows and twists of this tournament opener will remain in the memories of everyone who tuned in. Multan Sultans were in the driving seat for the most part of the chase until Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf bowled their heart out and it was probably one of the finest display of bowling, they nailed their yorkers and made life onerous for the batters. The floodgates were opened once Rizwan got dismissed and the asking rate kept creeping up. Afridi and Rauf joined forces just at the right time to choke the opposition and even the two of the best power hitters in the world David Miller and Kieron Pollard had to knuckle under. And what a fabulous last over from Zaman; he held his nerve in the final over and stuck to his guns. Thanks for joining us. It's time for me, Rvel Zahid, to say goodbye on behalf of Thilak Ramamurthy. We'll see you very soon. Remember, the second PSL game is tomorrow between Karachi Kings and Peshawar Zalmi.

Shaheen Afridi, Lahore Qalandars captain: We got off to a good start. We have many options with the ball. Credit to Zaman for the way he finished it off. The message to the team was that one wicket would bring us back. We didn't field well, will try to get better at it.

Mohammad Rizwan, Multan Sultans captain: The way we were going it looked like we would get there easily. But their bowling did exactly what it's known for. It's cricket, it happens. They had two top bowlers in their side, they open the bowling for Pakistan and credit to them for delivering at a crucial time.

Fakhar Zaman, Player of the Match: The pitch wasn't like we initially expected. We thought it would come on nicely, but it was helping pacers a bit. We left a few runs out there, but with our bowling 175 is good.

KLPR: "Dont know whether it over-confidence on his own ability, or want to consume the pressure, but K.Pollard's refusal to believe the non-strikers is not new, in the recently concluded UAE T20 leage, he refused to take single when Dwaye Bravo was non-strikers end. Today it was Khushdil Shah, where Pollard went for non-existent 2. These small mistakes will cost you games/"

Prasu: "Those 2 gun-point throws by H.Talat and L.Dawson must not get unrecognized for tonight's Lahore's win."

Mohi: "First PSL match seems the Final of PSL 8"

Sarath: "Why wasn't Akeal Hosein sent out, after K.Pollard got out ? Is it because, Multan management thought to have left-and-right hand composition ? A.Hosein is a clean striker of the ball. Small mistakes costed game for Multan today. "

Laks: "S.Raza made a mess on 18.6 for Lahore, Pollard went for non-existent 2 on 19.2, when Khushdil is at other end, may be he should have stayed for 1. Seems Multan's mistake costed them dearly than Lahore's"

ShahSafeer: "Pollard's lack of believe in Khushdil forced him to take the second run which wasn't there anyway. It costed MS the game. "

Zayd Amjad : "Usama Mir hesitated on the first run and came back slowly to get Khushdil on strike. Very imortant run that would have been!"

Husnaen Majeed : "PSL is really the best league in the world, in terms of the quality of cricket. What a game. "

Sania: "Omg what a match, what an over by zaman what a captaincy from shaheen what a fielding in last over especially,"

Shakaib: "After watching the first match, can't wait to see Babar vs Amir "

Sanyia: "OMG what a thrilling match it was but what a brilliant captaincy from Shaheen and what an outstanding last over by zaman "

MSRK: "May be M.Rizwan should have played with more intent ? With finishers like Pollard/Miller/Khushdil Shah (and not to forget pinch-hitter A.Hosein), may be bring one of those to up the batting order, after the fall of 1st wicket (or even promote A.Hosein as opener with Rizwan and ask him to do what S.Narine used to do)"

19.6
4
Zaman Khan to Khushdil, FOUR runs

Let me catch my breath! This was a nerve-racking affair to start the tournament off, an absolute humdinger as Khushdil gets a thick outside edge on this length ball and it dribbles away past backward point for a boundary, they have lost by the barest of the margins and fans got their money's worth tonight, they had to wait for an eternity for the game to start but the tournament opener proved to be an exhilarating contest, entertainment galore!

Zain: "It might not show on the stats and figures of this opening fixture but that 20 run cameo from Talat, the first wicket of Masood and then that run out is a major contribution towards the win for the Qalandars. Not a bad start to PSL 8. What a game. "

Riasat Ali Asad: "What a fantastic start to PSL8!"

19.5
4
Zaman Khan to Khushdil, FOUR runs

Hold on! Don't leave your seats, it's not over yet, Khushdil clobbers this over extra cover for a cracking boundary. Six required off the last ball. Can they do it?

19.4
1W
Zaman Khan to Khushdil, 1 run, OUT

Yorker that tails away late, squeezed out to the left of long-off, he can't make it back for the second run and is run out, Usama Mir gone for duck

Usama Mir run out (Dawson/Zaman Khan) 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 3m) SR: 0
19.4
2w
Zaman Khan to Usama Mir, 2 wide

Length ball, just inside the tramlines and they scamper through a bye, Khushdil will be on strike and he has the ability to finish the game, he is a lion-hearted cricketer

19.3
W
Zaman Khan to Usman Khan, OUT

Hit him close to the unmentionables, full toss dipping as he went for the pull, hits him on the pad, impact in line, wickets hitting and ultra edge confirmed there was no bat involved and the on-field decision stands. Usman Khan goes without troubling the scorers. Multan had this game in their grasp, they would rue losing wickets at crucial juncture and the spell from Haris and Shaheen completely turned the tables on them

Usman Khan lbw b Zaman Khan 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 3m) SR: 0
19.2
1W
Zaman Khan to Pollard, 1 run, OUT

Wide long on, long off, and deep extra cover on the fence and there are five fielders inside the circle...pitched up on off, forces it away to deep midwicket and Hussain Talat pings a sharp-throw, Pollard was struggling and the third umpire is taking a look. He is well short of his crease, was late to start and it's OUT on the big screen

Kieron Pollard run out (Hussain Talat/†Hope) 20 (12b 1x4 1x6 26m) SR: 166.66
19.1
1
Zaman Khan to Khushdil, 1 run

Goes full and wide of off, carves it away to deep cover-point, 14 needed off last five. This has proven to be a nail-biter!

end of over 1914 runs • 1 wicket
MS: 161/3CRR: 8.47 RRR: 15.00 • Need 15 from 6b
Kieron Pollard19 (11b 1x4 1x6)
Khushdil Shah2 (2b)
Haris Rauf 4-0-37-1
Shaheen Shah Afridi 4-0-27-1
18.6
4
Haris Rauf to Pollard, FOUR runs

Fielder can't cling on! That could have been a stunning catch had he hold onto it at backward square, it was whacked out of the middle of the bat and he gets a very timely boundary. Superb effort in the field and Haris is down on his knees

Mohd Irshad: "Does not matter how good you start if don't know how to finish."

Abbasi: "Lets see who will play Kohli here"

Sohail: "ah, typical aroma of bowling dominant Pakistan team in Lahore Qalandars"

Sania: "Nail biting match but MS will win "

ShahSafeer: "Khushdil has been Sultans' fine finisher since last season, I hope he will get the job done for his team tonight as well!"

Usman: "I heard someone was saying "pollard and miller. this could finish in just 2 overs. phew." well well well...... :-D"

18.5
1
Haris Rauf to Khushdil, 1 run

Round the wicket, goes for the yorker, it's a low full toss but even that is not easy to hit at such searing pace, he drags it down to wide long-on, big delivery coming up

18.4
1
Haris Rauf to Pollard, 1 run

Slams it on the up towards the leg side and pinches a run

18.3
6
Haris Rauf to Pollard, SIX runs

Cracks the pull with disdain! Just a fraction short on off and punished insolently, goes for a golf swing and puts it away for a maximum

18.3
1w
Haris Rauf to Pollard, 1 wide

Hurls down a bouncer and it was climbing off the pitch, wide called and Haris is not that happy with the call but it was pretty high, even for the big man Pollard who went for the hook

18.2
1
Haris Rauf to Khushdil, 1 run

Spears it on a full-length, following his feet movement and he just manages to drag it down to wide long-on

18.1
W
Haris Rauf to Miller, OUT

Haris Rauf's aura brings a wicket! He sheds an important wicket with this immaculate yorker, the stumps have been rearranged and Miller takes the long walk back to the pavilion

David Miller b Haris Rauf 25 (20b 3x4 0x6 32m) SR: 125
end of over 189 runs
MS: 147/2CRR: 8.16 RRR: 14.50 • Need 29 from 12b
David Miller25 (19b 3x4)
Kieron Pollard8 (8b)
Shaheen Shah Afridi 4-0-27-1
Haris Rauf 3-0-23-0
17.6
1
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Miller, 1 run

Take a bow for this supremely talented bowler, he has not erred from his length, yorker tailing away from the stumps and he carves it away to the off side, there's not a lot you can do when somebody is bowling that well. Great, great bowling at death

Majid: "This is so emotional watching Shaheen bowling again with such ferocity. IMPRESSIVE"

Malik Murad: "Excellent death bowling by Rauf and Shaheen. "

17.5
1
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Pollard, 1 run

Nails another pitch-perfect yorker, he jams his bat down and doesn't time it well, hits it very straight

17.4
2
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Pollard, 2 runs

Round the wicket, length ball, seaming in and he gets a thickish inside edge towards the on side

17.3
1
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Miller, 1 run

Another quality yorker gets digged out to cover

17.2
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Miller, no run

Yorker barrage continues and Miller can't do much about this corker of a delivery, Shaheen at his belligerent best!

17.1
4
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Miller, FOUR runs

fortuitous but they all count, outstanding delivery right at the base of the stumps, he gets some bat on it and it dribbles behind square for a boundary

Best performances - batters
Spike Graph
Wagon Zone
Mohammad Rizwan
75 runs (50)
8 fours1 six
Productive shot
pull
18 runs
2 fours0 six
Control
79%
Fakhar Zaman
66 runs (42)
3 fours5 sixes
Productive shot
pull
20 runs
1 four2 sixes
Control
63%
Best performances - bowlers
Usama Mir
O
4
M
0
R
25
W
2
ECO
6.25
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Ihsanullah
O
4
M
0
R
37
W
2
ECO
9.25
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Multan Cricket Stadium
TossMultan Sultans, elected to field first
Series
Season2022/23
Player Of The Match
Match days13 February 2023 - night (20-over match)
T20 debut
Umpires
TV Umpire
Reserve Umpire
Match Referee
PointsLahore Qalandars 2, Multan Sultans 0
Language
English
Win Probability
LQ 100%
LQMS
100%50%100%LQ InningsMS Innings

Over 20 • MS 174/6

Kieron Pollard run out (Hussain Talat/†Hope) 20 (12b 1x4 1x6 26m) SR: 166.66
W
Usman Khan lbw b Zaman Khan 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 3m) SR: 0
W
Usama Mir run out (Dawson/Zaman Khan) 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 3m) SR: 0
W
Qalandars won by 1 run
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MS1064120.500
IU106412-0.708
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