LAHORE: Lahore Qalandars will seek to break the unbeaten track of Multan Sultans today when they face the defending champions in the 17th Match 17 of Pakistan Super League (PSL) in front of home crowed.
Multan Sultans had emerged victorious when they first clashed during the first round in Karachi. Two sides are facing each other for the second time in the PSL 2022.
Mohammad Rizwan and Co have beaten all the other teams — Karachi Kings, Lahore Qalandars, Quetta Gladiators, Peshawar Zalmi, and Islamabad United — in the ongoing tournament and have become the first team to qualify for the play-offs.
In the last fixture, Qalandars handed a mammoth 207-run target to undefeated Multan Sultans.
Khushdil Shah’s last-over heroics steered the Sultans to a nail-biting victory as he smashed four boundaries — three fours and one six — against Shaheen Shah Afridi-led Qalandars.
The Sultan’s needed 16 from six to win against the Qalandars and reach the 207-run target. And that’s when Khushdil charged and punished pacer Haris Rauf.
The groundwork had already been laid by skipper Mohammad Rizwan and Shan Masood as they smashed unbeaten half-centuries.
Rizwan played a captain’s knock as he scored 69 off 42 balls, while Khushdil, who played sensationally with the ball, grabbed his side the opening wicket and also took a total of two crucial scalps — Abdullah Shafiq, and Mohammad Hafeez — after they won the toss and put Lahore to bat.
The Qalandar’s bowlers could not perform up to the mark in the early over; however, they picked up pace in the last five overtaking back-to-back wickets.
Defending champions Multan Sultans were playing their seventh fixture today and are leading the points table with 12 points.
Meanwhile, Lahore Qalandars have played five matches and won three. They have six points on the table.
The match will take place under the lights of Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore at 7:30pm.