slaps it straight to cover and Multan win their second game in a row!
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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. "
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
Rizu: "6 wickets within 2 overs What a drama? " over before Qalandars were looking to win this game"
full and outside off, he pokes and misses
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
Fifth wicket in the last 11 balls and Junaid Khan is on a hat-trick
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.
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
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. "
goes full, goes straight, and Delport drills it to long-off
Three runs, two wickets, A bit of Tahir magic and the game is back with Multan.
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
short and wide - but the extra pace on the ball helps defeat the cut shot
quicker, flatter on middle and leg. He flicks it through midwicket
low full toss on off stump, Yamin flicks it through midwicket
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
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
Cameron Delport is in with Lahore needing 48 off 30 balls.
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
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
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
shortish and outside off, chops it to point
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
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