Led by half-centuries by Sohaib Maqsood and Rilee Rossouw, and followed by Imran Tahir’s triple strike which triggered Peshawar Zalmi’s collapse within the chase, Multan Sultans secured a 47-run win to win their maiden Pakistan Super League Trophy on Thursday (June 25) in Abu Dhabi.
It was an all-around dominant display by Multan, soon after they were put in to bat. The Sultan openers – Mohammad Rizwan and Shan Masood – laid a robust foundation with a 68-run substitute of 52 balls. The skipper had a scratchy occupy the crease, scoring at only a run a ball, but Masood, who took seven deliveries to urge off the mark, broke free within the fifth over, stroking Sameen Gul for 3 boundaries.
Mohammad Imran cleaned up Masood within the ninth over to interrupt the partnership and had Rizwan caught behind in his next over, but that did not do much to derail their innings. Maqsood and Rossouw proved more threatening. Maqsood carted Wahab Riz for 17 runs within the 13th over, and Rossouw meted a worse treatment to Amad meddle subsequent over, taking him for 20.
Sameen Gul’s slower one tricked Rossouw soon after he registered his half-century, but the wicket had come after a critical 98-run partnership off 44 balls. Johnson Charles was trapped leg before for a first-ball duck and put Sameen on a hat-trick. He missed the feat but conceded only five off the penultimate over of the innings. However, 21 runs off the last once again helped Multan seize the momentum, and that they finished on 206 for 4.
Unlike Multan, Peshawar had to travel on the offensive early. Kamran Akmal hit Imran Khan for a boundary and a six off successive deliveries within the second over to bring some momentum to the chase. All the runs scored off the bat within the first five overs came from Akmal. Hazratullah Zazai, his opening partner, who had played only three deliveries till that time, got off the mark with a six but was dismissed off subsequent by Blessing Muzarabani.
Jonathan Wells struggled through his stay within the middle but was run out for a 13-ball 5 while attempting a fast two, by an immediate throw from Rossouw. Shoaib Malik and Rovman Powell, however, revived the chase with a flurry of boundaries, picking 55 runs from the 12th to the 14th over. Once the duo departed during a space of six deliveries, Sherfane Rutherford tried to stay the charge on with two sixes. However, Imran Tahir’s triple strike within the 17th over proved to be the ultimate within the coffin of Peshawar’s innings. Rutherford’s dismissal was followed by the leggie cleaning up Wahab and Imran for first-ball ducks.
Sameen Gul and Mohammad Irfan managed to bat out the remaining overs but knowing fully that their efforts would enter vain. They were eventually restricted to 159 for 9 and fell to their third defeat in four PSL final appearances.
Brief Scores: Multan Sultans 206/4 in 20 overs (Sohaib Maqsood 65, Rilee Rossouw 50; Sameen Gul 2-26, Mohammad Irfan 2-47) beat Peshawar Zalmi 159/9 in 20 overs (Shoaib Malik 48, Kamran Akmal 36; Imran Tahir 3-33, Blessing Muzarabani 2-26) by 47 runs.