Multan Sultans won their first title in the Pakistani Super League, beating 2017 champion Peshawar Zalmi with 47 tracks in the final on Thursday.
Sohaib Maqsood celebrated his recall in Pakistan at the age of 34 after five years with an undefeated 65, and South African Rilee Rossouw kept his best for the final, breaking 50 of 21 balls in Multan’s impressive 206-4.
Peshawar, who chose to chase after winning the throw, received a brief push from a veteran Shoaib Malik47 of 28 balls, but was limited to 159-9.
Feet on feet Imran Tahir stated his three wickets in his last match as fast-paced bowling in Zimbabwe Blessing Muzarabbani lifted striker Hazratula Zazai’s important leash early to take the lead from Peshawar’s pursuit.
Multan returned to the tournament strong after the league moved to Abu Dhabi this month, winning four of his last five league games. He also defeated Islamabad United favorites in qualifying.
Multan battled a five-game win in Karachi in February, while the league was halted when several players and support staff tested positive for the coronavirus.
Peshawar was unlucky for the third time, falling to the final for the third time along with 2018 and 2019.
Maqsood played a key role in Multan’s turnaround in the tournament and once again showed their aggressive wadding to finish the league with 428 runs.
Peshawar captain Wahab Riaz seemed to be finally controlled by half the mark, but Hazratula Zazai released Maqsood at 6 with extra cover in the 11th, which proved costly.
Maqsood and Rossouw combined only 44 balls in a 98-fold partnership, while Riaz and Amad Butt finished with equally expensive numbers 0-52. Both wrestlers hit 11 fours and six sixes with each other as Multan added 124 runs in the last nine overs and took the game from Peshawar.
Fast bowling Sameen Gul, who played after Umaid Asif was stopped on Thursday for breaking the biodefective bubble, said 2-26 while the rest of the bowling struggled to control the free-flowing cotton of Maqsood and Rossouw.