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 103 for 2. 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.
Lahore Qalandars inning
(17.2) OUT! Imran Tahir takes another one, another victory for Multan Sultans.
Over 17 – Lahore Qalandars 136/9 (Mustafizur Rahman 0*, Shaheen Shah Afridi 0*)
(16.5) OUT! And he did it, Qalandars in pressure, first hat-rick of the tournament
Junaid Khan on a hat-rick!
(16.4) OUT! Junaid departs Delport.
(16.3) OUT! top-edge settles safely in the keeper’s hands, and Lahore are collapsing badly
Over 16 – Lahore Qalandars 135/6
(15.6) WICKET! Another one, right into the stumps Imran Tahir is breaking Lahori hearts
(15.2) WICKET! What a great flipper by Imran Tahir.
Over 15 – Lahore Qalandars 132/4 (Fakhar 49*, A Yamin 0*)
(14.6) WICKET! Pollard finally gets Zaman, brilliant catch by Ahmed Shehzad
(14.4) FOUR! punished it really well, star in a making, Sohail Akther
(14.2) SIX! Sensational shot by Sohail
Over 14 – Lahore Qalandars 117/3 (Fakhar 49*, S Akhter 6*)
Over 13 – Lahore Qalandars 110/3 (Fakhar 47*, S Akhter 1*)
(12.3) WICKET! taken at long-on! There is plenty of power in the shot, but Pollard picks the fielder out to perfection. Length ball, in the slot, to disappear out of the ground. Doesn’t get enough power on it. Akmal departs.
Over 12 – Lahore Qalandars 104/2 (Fakhar 41*, U Akmal 31*)
(11.2) FOUR! slow ball Umar Akmal wanted to play on the leg side, goes for four anyway.
Over 11 – Lahore Qalandars 98/2 (Fakhar 41*, U Akmal 26*)
Over 10 – Lahore Qalandars 91/2 (Fakhar 39*, U Akmal 22*)
(9.6) FOUR! googly goes awfully wrong – pitches in Tahir’s own half of the pitch and Akmal pummels it straight of midwicket. That’s the fifty partnership
(9.3) SIX! Gigantic hit by Fakhar Zaman, into the pavilion
Over 9 – Lahore Qalandars 79/2 (Fakhar 32*, U Akmal 17*)
(8.4) SIX! Umar Akmal this time, Lahore really need such shots to stay in the game!
Over 8 – Lahore Qalandars 63/2 (Fakhar 31*, U Akmal 2*)
(7.4) SIX! Another one! Fakhar Zaman seems dangerous for Multan Sultans
Over 7 – Lahore Qalandars 51/2 (Fakhar 21*, U Akmal 1*)
(6.4) SIX! timely played by Fakhar Zaman, wonderful shot!
Over 6 – Lahore Qalandars 42/2 (Fakhar 11*, U Akmal 0*)
(5.2) WICKET! Irfan departs McCullum, big loss for Lahore Qalandars
Over 5 – Lahore Qalandars 39/1 (Fakhar 10*, McCullum 0*)
(4.2) SIX! Fakhar Zaman hit a magnificent one to Junaid Khan, India felt the brunt of many of these shots in the Champions Trophy final. Outstanding hit!
Over 4 – Lahore Qalandars 32/1 (Fakhar 3*, McCullum 0*)
In walks Brendon McCullum
(3.5) WICKET! Mohammad Irfan to Narine, taken at third man. He sees a short and wide delivery and he takes it on as his job as pinch hitter demands he does but the extra bounce helps the ball secure a top edge
(2.4) SIX! Narine picks up the slower ball and deposits it beyond the square leg boundary.
Over 2 – Lahore Qalandars 13/0 (Fakhar 3*, Narine 8*)
Over 1 – Lahore Qalandars 9/0 (Fakhar 2*, Narine 6*)
(0.3) FOUR! Narine gleefully smacks it through extra cover.
Sohail Tanvir is all set to bowl for Multan Sultans, Fakhar Zaman and SP Narine are taking the crease for Qalandars.
End of the first inning, a great start by the openers who set the platform. Shoaib Malik played a terrific hand to lift Multan, it’s much higher than the highest score of the tournament so far.
Multan Sultans inning
Over 20 – Multan Sultans 179/5 (Tanvir 1*, DM Bravo 9*)
(19.5) WICKET! Malik run-out on 48!
Over 19 – Multan Sultans 169/4 (Malik 39*, DM Bravo 9*)
Over 18 – Multan Sultans 166/4 (Malik 38*, DM Bravo 7*)
(17.6) SIX! That’s a huge one by DM Bravo
(17.3) WICKET! Pollard has gone without scoring a run
(17.2) SIX! Malik gets underneath the length, stays low and slog-sweeps the ball
(17.1) FOUR! into the gap and four, short and wide, Malik watches the ball onto the bat and then opens the bat face to carve the ball through point
Over 17 – Multan Sultans 148/3 (Malik 27*, Pollard 0*)
Pollard is the new batsman.
(16.4) – WICKET! a short ball goes up in the air and catches by Fakhar Zaman! Sangakkara departs on
(16.2) – SIX! Sanga on fire. he clears his front leg and T20s it away over midwicket
Over 16 – Multan Sultans 138/2 (Malik 25*, Kumar 56*)
(15.5) – SIX! Bang! Massive six by Shoaib Malik, confident shot
Over 15 – Multan Sultans 127/2 (Malik 16*, Kumar 54*)
(14.5) – FOUR! he does it again, using the pace, another slower ball down leg, Sangakkara gets inside the line and helps the ball over short fine leg.
(14.4) – FOUR! Sangakkara knows it’s going to be full, so he backs away, then shuffles back into line and paddle-scoops the ball over fine leg.
Over 14 – Multan Sultans110/2 (Malik 15*, Kumar 42*)
(13.1) SIX! Powerful shot by the skipper, timely played
Over 13 – Multan Sultans 99/2 (Malik 5*, Kumar 41*)
Over 12 – Multan Sultans 96/2 (Malik 2*, Kumar 40*)
(11.3) WICKET! Excellent delivery by the spin wizard Yasir Shah, Maqsood back to the pavilion.
Over 11 – Multan Sultans 92/1 (Sohaib Maqsood 4*, Kumar 39*)
(10.5) FOUR! A thick inside edge down to the fine leg boundary.
Sohaib Maqsood is the new batsman.
(10.1) – WICKET! A big appeal from Akmal as he collects, forcing McCullum to go to the third umpire, a review. A loud noise as the ball passes bat, confirmed by UltraEdge, Mustafizur Rahman departs Ahmed Shehzad at 38.
Over 10 – Multan Sultans 88/0 (Shehzad 38*, Kumar 39*)
(9.3) FOUR! Another one! Good use of the feet, by Ahmed
(9.1) FOUR! well played by Ahmed, too short, too wide, too flat.
Over 9 – Multan Sultans 75/0 (Shehzad 27*, Kumar 37*)
(8.1) FOUR! lovely batting, makes room again, gets something full, in his arc, and he lofts the ball over cover with ease.
Over 8 – Multan Sultans 67/0 (Shehzad 25*, Kumar 31*)
(7.2) SIX! Flat six, beautifully played on the leg side by Sangakkara
Over 7 – Multan Sultans 57/0 (Shehzad 24*, Kumar 22*)
Over 6 – Multan Sultans 53/0 (Shehzad 22*, Kumar 20*)
Over 5 – Multan Sultans 46/0 (Shehzad 17*, Kumar 19*)
(4.5) FOUR! Short, wide, plenty of width. Sangakkara gets underneath the length and cuts the ball over backward point. Lands just inside, fantastic timing
Over 4 – Multan Sultans 36/0 (Shehzad 16*, Kumar 14*)
Over 3 – Multan Sultans 32/0 (Shehzad 13*, Kumar 13*)
(2.1) FOUR! Shehzad another dragged pull for four.
Over 2 – Multan Sultans 17/0 (Shehzad 6*, Kumar 11*)
(1.6) SIX! Sangakkara comes charging and nails the lofted drive over cover for six. Fantastic timing. Knew the off side was open, the field was in, so he made use of that with the right shot selection.
(1.3) FOUR! Shehzad drags the pull. Not the best place to hit the ball but it’s vacant so the shot was always on.
Over 1 – Multan Sultans 4/0 (Shehzad 1*, Kumar 3*)
Kumar Sangakkara and Ahmed Shehzad are there to open the inning for Multan Sultans, Raza Hasan to bowl with the new ball.
Dubai: Lahore Qalandars have won the toss and elected to bowl first against Multan Sultans.
Multan Sultans: Shoaib Malik (c), Ahmed Shehzad, Darren Bravo, Abdullah Shafique, Saif Badar, Nicholas Pooran, Kumar Sangakkara, Sohaib Maqsood, Kashif Bhatti, Shan Masood, Thisara Perera, Mohammad Abbas, Umar Siddiq, Ross Whiteley, Imran Tahir, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul, Hardus Viljoen
Lahore Qalandars: Brendon McCullum (c), Fakhar Zaman, Umar Akmal, Dinesh Ramdin, Anton Devcich, Bilal Asif, Cameron Delport, Bilawal Bhatti, Aamer Yamin, Ghulam Mudassar, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mustafizur Rahman, Sunil Narine, Raza Hasan, Shaheen Afridi, Sohail Khan, Yasir Shah
Lahore Qalandars to take on Multan Sultan who defeated the defending champions Peshawar Zalmi in the opening match of PSL 3.