Lahore Qalandars lifted the PSL 2022 trophy after six disappointing seasons

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Lahore Qalandars lifted the PSL 2022 trophy after six disappointing seasons

Lahore Qalandars lifted the PSL 2022 trophy after six disappointing seasons

1 March 2022

Author 77baji

The glittering Pakistan Super League 7 trophy was lifted in front of 27,000 adoring Lahore spectators (housefull) at the Gaddafi Stadium on Sunday night, as Multan Sultans' dream of becoming the first team to defend an HBL Pakistan Super League title successfully was shattered with a 42-run defeat.

Qalandars - losing finalists in PSL 5, finished last in the first four seasons and fifth in PSL 6, but found the ideal venue to win the trophy and pocket PKR 80 million while bringing excellent delight and memories to their fans in their backyard.

After their effective opening combination of Mohammad Rizwan (14) and Shan Masood (19) was demolished, Sultans were never quite in the hunt in their 181-run chase.

Mohammad Hafeez (player of the match) bowled Rizwan before Fakhar Zaman performed a fantastic fielding to run out Shan after the opener was left stranded in the middle of the pitch due to a misunderstanding with his partner Aamer Azmat.

Fakhar grabbed a superb tumbling catch to end Aamer's (6) innings.

Against some high-octane Qalandars bowling, the Sultans kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Tim David was dismissed for 27 thanks to another fantastic catch by Fakhar on the first ball of the 17th overthrown by Qalandars talismanic captain Shaheen Shah Afridi, who also bowled David Willey (0) with an unplayable yorker on the fourth ball of the same over.

Imran Tahir's (10) dismissal in the last over to David Weise ignited cheers in the Qalandars dugout and throughout the stadium. Khushdil (32) was removed by Haris Rauf in the next over, while Shaheen castled Rumman Raees (6).

Meanwhile, the victory by the Qalandars means that all six PSL teams have now won the trophy at least once, with Islamabad United being the only team to win two (2016 and 2018).

Earlier in PSL 7, Qalandars' never-say-die spirit was on display for the umpteenth time. The home team threw the spectators into raptures with a spectacular finale to their innings as 77 runs were added off the last 30 balls after a poor start (chosen to bat at the toss).

Hafeez increased his scoring rate with a sequence of boundaries and hit his first fifty of the season at the ideal time. The right-hander was eventually ejected after batting 69 off 46 batters (nine fours and one six).

Hafeez's dismissal with 16 balls remaining didn't aid Sultans much, as Eliminator 2 player-of-the-match Wiese replicated his batting effort from Friday (28 off eight, one four, three sixes).

Harry Brook, an English kid, was another standout performer, scoring 41 unbroken runs off 22 balls (two fours, three sixes). Brook and Wiese combined 43 off 16 balls after Brook and Hafeez had previously contributed 58 off 33 balls.