Villiers, Wiese win it for Qalandars against Sultans by six wickets


A magnificent winning shot from David Wiese gave breath to Lahore Qalandar’s camp as they beat Multan Sultans by six wickets in the eighth match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season four at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Friday.

Skipper AB De Villiers along with David Wiese put a strong show with the bat which led opponents down. They both smashed 96 runs together to lead their team to a convincing win.

While batting first Sultans put a mammoth total of 200 runs on the scoreboard with the help of James Vince (84) and Umar Siddiq (53) who both led their batting charge.

They both put 135 runs opening partnership on the scoreboard which put Qalandars under immense pressure. Vince struck seven boundaries and six maximums to show his class before getting out to a deceiving delivery from Sandeep Lamichhane which did the work for Qalandars to bring the first breakthrough for his team.

Siddiq misjudged the uppish delivery from Shaheen Shah Afridi who got his first wicket of the match. The young gun smashed four boundaries and two sixes during his stay at the crease.

Skipper Shoaib Malik after playing a couple of good shots got out off PSL’s debutant  Sandeep Lamichhane who finished with the figures 3-46. Malik scored 10 runs.

Daniel Christian played some powerful shots in the last part of the inning which helped his team recover after a couple of quick successions. He made 21 runs off 10 balls including two sixes.

Lamichhane was the prominent bowler for Qalandars taking three wickets while Afridi and Haris Rauf took one wicket each.

In reply, Qalandars started off strongly with their opener Fakhar Zaman who showed his class scoring worthy 63 runs which played an important role in his team’s win.

It was AB De Villiers who led the side from the front smashing 52 runs off 29 balls which included three hits to the fence and as many sixes. Wiese made 45 runs with the help of five sixes including the last match winning hit.

Junaid Khan bowled well for Sultans taking three wickets. Mohammad Ilyas took a wicket.