result
3rd Match (N), Dubai, Feb 23 2018, Pakistan Super League
(17.2/20 ov, target 180)136
Sultans won by 43 runs
player of the match
Imran Tahir
Multan Sultans
3y
• The Report by Danyal Rasool

Lahore collapse spectacularly around Junaid's hat-trick

Lahore Qalandars lost their last seven wickets for four runs after Kumar Sangakkara's second successive fifty carried Multan Sultans to 179

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Commentator: Alagappan Muthu
Scorecard summary
Multan Sultans179/5(20 overs)
Lahore Qalandars136/10(17.2 overs)
Fakhar Zaman49 (30)
Umar Akmal31 (25)
Imran Tahir3/27(3.2)

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"Trying our best. Sanga and Shehzad started superbly today, that helps us target 180," Shoaib Malik, the Multan captain says. "First six overs are very important, if we don't lose wicket, even if you end up scoring 45-50 runs, with two set batsmen there, it's a struggle for the bowling team. Sanga played an exceptional innings. The plan is to just give yourself some time. You can hit a boundary an over and still get 10 runs through singles and twos later. And with experience, it's possible to do that. Junaid Khan is a very good bowler and I knew when I asked him to come and bowl, he said I'll do it, and I must mention Imran Tahir's name as well. He came up to me, in a crucial situation, said give me the ball and he took those wickets for us. Our goal was to fight till the last ball, even when it seemed like they would win"

"We were in the game right up until the last ball of Pollard's over. We lost by 40 runs, but it was a lot closer than that," Brendon McCullum, the Lahore captain says. "I thought Zaman and Akmal played really well to set us up. But once Umar got out - I thought it was the right risk to take against Pollard, their sixth bowler. It took a great bit of fielding to dismiss Fakhar Zaman and change the state of the game. We'll be better for the run tonight, we've got good batting, good bowling, but we'll cop this on the chin and we'll learn from this"

Imran Tahir is the Man of the Match, good call considering his double-wicket over changed the game. "Very pleased with how I bowled my last two overs. It's a bit different than what I expected. I thought the pitches would turn. It is going to be challenging, bowling at Pakistan domestic players, they play spin really well. I'm just glad I made a strong comeback. I always believe that I don't play for myself, I play for the team and that's why I try to do well. Grateful to the captain for throwing the ball at me after my first two overs [which were poor]"

Seven wickets for four runs, among those a hat-trick for Junaid Khan, the second in PSL cricket. That is a collapse of epic proportions, and to think Lahore were actually looking like they would breeze to victory. Fakhar Zaman had taken them to 132 for 3. But he was dismissed, thanks to a spectacular catch from Ahmed Shehzad, running forward and diving to pick the ball up just as it died on him, and then the innings slumped. The last five wickets fell for only one runs.

GhulamAli: "It was 131/3, when I thoughtI must to go to Kitchen and quickly grab a cup of tea to enjoy last moments. But when i came back it was 136 /all out. You gotta kidding me. "

Muhammad Mubeen: "For me, the wicket of Fakhar Zaman was the turning point of the Match. "

17.2
W
Tahir to Shaheen Shah Afridi, OUT

slaps it straight to cover and Multan win their second game in a row!

Shaheen Shah Afridi c Shoaib Malik b Imran Tahir 0 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
17.1
Tahir to Shaheen Shah Afridi, no run

slogs wildly, gets beaten by the googly, Sanga knocks over the stumps. Is the batsman safe? Yep. There's just enough of Shaheen Afridi's boot behind the line

end of over 171 run • 3 wickets
LQ: 136/9CRR: 8.00 RRR: 14.67 • Need 44 from 18b
Mustafizur Rahman0 (1)
Shaheen Shah Afridi0 (0)
Junaid Khan3-0-24-3
Imran Tahir3-0-27-2

Rizu: "6 wickets within 2 overs What a drama? " over before Qalandars were looking to win this game"

16.6
Junaid to Mustafizur, no run

full and outside off, he pokes and misses

16.5
W
Junaid to Raza Hasan, OUT

hat-trick! Junaid Khan has a hat-trick! The crowd goes wild. The great Wasim Akram is on his feet. And the batsman is walking off having pulled a short ball straight to short midwicket

Raza Hasan c Shoaib Malik b Junaid Khan 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0

Fifth wicket in the last 11 balls and Junaid Khan is on a hat-trick

16.4
W
Junaid to Delport, OUT

that's the kindest treatment given to a leg-stump full toss in the history of cricket. Addresses it to deep midwicket where Shehzad doesn't even have to move.

Cameron Delport c Ahmed Shehzad b Junaid Khan 3 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 75
16.3
W
Junaid to Yasir Shah, OUT

top-edge, settles safely in the keeper's hands, and Lahore are collapsing badly. Good thinking from Junaid to go for the bouncer again. It ends up too quick, and it rises too high for the lower-order batsman to deal with

Yasir Shah c †Sangakkara b Junaid Khan 0 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
16.2
Junaid to Yasir Shah, no run

goes for the bouncer and Yasir fends it away safely enough

Waseem Sarwar: "Very short innings but Sohail looks like a awesome striker of cricket ball. Lahore may not win this but they definitely look better side than PSL2. "

16.1
1
Junaid to Delport, 1 run

goes full, goes straight, and Delport drills it to long-off

end of over 163 runs • 2 wickets
LQ: 135/6CRR: 8.43 RRR: 11.25 • Need 45 from 24b
Cameron Delport2 (2)
Imran Tahir3-0-27-2
Kieron Pollard3-0-28-2

Three runs, two wickets, A bit of Tahir magic and the game is back with Multan.

15.6
W
Tahir to Yamin, OUT

plays back to a very very full ball. Also plays right across the line. And all that means his stumps are sitting ducks. All Tahir has to do is line it up just right

Aamer Yamin b Imran Tahir 1 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33
15.5
Tahir to Yamin, no run

short and wide - but the extra pace on the ball helps defeat the cut shot

15.4
1
Tahir to Delport, 1 run

quicker, flatter on middle and leg. He flicks it through midwicket

15.3
1
Tahir to Yamin, 1 run

low full toss on off stump, Yamin flicks it through midwicket

15.2
W
Tahir to Akhtar, OUT

flipper! Tahir is a big gun in T20s and he shows it, taking out the big-hitting Akhtar with simply a straight ball aimed at the top of off stump. The batsman sets up to cut, believing it to be a legbreak that would spin away from him. By the time he wises up, his stumps are gone

Sohail Akhtar b Imran Tahir 21 (11b 2x4 1x6) SR: 190.9
15.1
1
Tahir to Delport, 1 run

caaatch, they cry, but it goes just past cover's outstretched hand. Tanvir is the man there, a little slow to move, and Delport, having been fooled by the googly, looking to play it through midwicket and ending up popping out a leading edge, survives

end of over 1515 runs • 1 wicket
LQ: 132/4CRR: 8.80 RRR: 9.60 • Need 48 from 30b
Sohail Akhtar21 (10)
Kieron Pollard3-0-28-2
Sohail Tanvir3-0-26-0

Cameron Delport is in with Lahore needing 48 off 30 balls.

14.6
W
Pollard to Zaman, OUT

that's an outrageous catch by Shehzad! And Pollard runs right up to him and lifts him clean off his feet! The bowler does his bit to throw the set batsman off guard, pitching the ball up, but taking all the pace off and slanting it wide as well. That means if Zaman goes after it, he will more than likely mistime the shot. And he does. It skews off the outside edge. it seems like it will drop short of Shehzad racing up from the sweeper cover boundary, but he puts in a last-gasp dive and comes up with the ball clutched in both hands. Lets out a primal roar as well, throwing his head back. This is a game-changing moment

Fakhar Zaman c Ahmed Shehzad b Pollard 49 (30b 1x4 4x6) SR: 163.33
14.5
1
Pollard to Akhtar, 1 run

yorker outside off, Akhtar spears it to the sweeper cover

A little gamesmanship now as Pollard charges into the bowling crease, doesn't let the ball go, and jogs up halfway down the pitch to stare at the batsman

14.4
4
Pollard to Akhtar, FOUR runs

smacks it to the right of deep point! Akhtar is taking this game away from Multan, and in fine style too. Even Pollar's slower balls aren't helping him escape this hiding

14.3
Pollard to Akhtar, no run

shortish and outside off, chops it to point

14.2
6
Pollard to Akhtar, SIX runs

that's epic! He shimmies inside the line of the back of a length ball and simply flicks it away over long leg. Gives the West Indian bowler a good look at the one-legged whip on the leg side

14.1
4
Pollard to Akhtar, FOUR runs

full and outside off, Akhtar smears it over extra cover. He has to reach so far away from his body to make connection. But that doesn't pull down his power

Best performances - batsmen
Kumar Sangakkara portrait
KC Sangakkara
63 runs (44)
5 fours
3 sixes
Control75%
Productive shot
flick
22 runs
0 four
2 sixes
9048216114
Fakhar Zaman portrait
Fakhar Zaman
49 runs (30)
1 four
4 sixes
Control81%
Productive shot
cut shot
13 runs
1 four
1 six
219131977
Best performances - bowlers
Junaid Khan portrait
Junaid Khan
O
3
M
0
R
24
W
3
ECO
8
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Imran Tahir portrait
Imran Tahir
O
3.2
M
0
R
27
W
3
ECO
8.1
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Dubai International Cricket Stadium
TossLahore Qalandars, elected to field first
SeriesPakistan Super League
Season2017/18
Player Of The Match
Imran Tahir
Imran Tahir
Match days23 February 2018 - night(20-over match)
T20 debut
Shaheen Shah Afridi
Shaheen Shah Afridi
Umpires
Pakistan Image
Asif Yaqoob
England Image
Tim Robinson
TV Umpire
Pakistan Image
Shozab Raza
Reserve Umpire
Pakistan Image
Khalid Mahmood
Match Referee
Sri Lanka Image
Roshan Mahanama
PointsMultan Sultans 2, Lahore Qalandars 0