It took Lahore Qalandars seven years to lift the Pakistan Super League trophy when they defeated Multan Sultans by 42 runs at Gaddafi Stadium on Sunday night.
Jittery Lahore had handed Multan a stiff 181-run target after losing early wickets and then bowled out the defending champions.
Skipper Shaheen Shah Afridi led his side from the front and took bold decisions. He deployed Mohammad Hafeez early, and he didn’t disappoint as he removed the in-form Mohammad Rizwan for 14 runs with the total score of 36 runs in four overs.
Fakhar who failed with the bat, but was light wire in the field as he ran out Shan Masood with a brilliant direct hit, and also took a great catch of Aamer Azmat to reduce Multan to 46-3.
Asif Afridi was removed four runs later, and the dangerous Rilee Rossow was sent back for 15 by young pacer Zaman Khan as Multan batters were falling like a pack of cards.
Khushdil Shah and Tim David smashed some boundaries, but they had a huge task against a world-class bowling attack of Lahore. Khushdil was bowled by Haris Rauf, while David was sent back by Shaheen after Fakhar took a great diving catch.
After that Willey, Tahir, Rumman were removed in a wink of an eye, as Tahir was the last man to go when Rauf took a great catch, and the entire Gaddafi Stadium erupted in joy.
Among the bowlers, Shaheen took three, Hafeez and Zaman two, while Wiese and Rauf one as Lahore won their maiden PSL crown.
Earlier, Lahore, after electing to bat first, got off to the worst possible start as they were reduced to 25-3 in 4.2 overs. The in-form Fakhar Zaman was removed for just three runs by Asif Afridi with Shahnawaz Dahani taking a great catch, while Abdullah Shafique was also removed by Asif.
After that, Mohammad Hafeez showed his experience and class as he steered the ship for Lahore by playing sensibly. With Kamran Ghulam, he forged an important 54-run partnership to steer the inning.
Hafeez took the attacking mode as he went after the opponent bowlers, and was finally removed for 69 runs by Dahani. He scored those runs off 46 balls with one six and nine fours.
After, his dismissal Harry Brook and David Wiese registered a 43-run stand in just 2.4 overs as they went rampant against the Multan bowlers.
Wiese remained not out for 28 runs off just eight balls with three sixes, while Brook scored 41 runs off 22 balls.
In terms of bowling for Multan, Asif was the stand out bowler with brilliant figures of 3-19 in four overs, while leggie Imran Tahir gave away just 22 runs in a wicket-less four-over spell. Dahani went to the cleaners in the late overs as he ended with figures of 1-34 in three overs. Rumman Raees conceded 35 runs in just two overs.
RIZWAN PLAYER OF PSL 7: Despite the loss, Mohammad Rizwan’s stunning and consistent performance earned him another rich reward when he was adjudged the Player of PSL 7.
Rizwan remained a reliable top-order batter for Multan Sultans when he finished the tournament with 546 runs at a strike rate of 126.68 and inspired his side to the final after winning nine out of 10 league matches.
Rizwan also collected the wicketkeeper of the PSL 2022 award. In 12 matches, he accounted for nine batters behind the stumps.
Earlier in the year, Rizwan was declared the Most Valuable Cricketer as well as T20I Cricketer as part of the PCB Awards 2021.
Lahore Qalandars Fakhar Zaman and Shadab Khan of Islamabad United were adjudged the best batter and bowler, respectively. Fakhar scored 588 runs (1×100, 7×50) at a strike rate of 153, while Shadab Khan ended the tournament with 19 wickets in nine matches with an economy rate of 6.47. The wrist-spinner had two four-fers and a five-fer.
Khushdil Shah of the Sultans was declared as the All-rounder of PSL 2022 for his 153 runs at a strike rate of 182 and 16 wickets with an economy rate of 6.9. He also added the Fielder of PSL 2022 award to his collection.
Qalandars’ Zaman Khan was named as the Emerging Cricketer of PSL 2022 after he grabbed 18 wickets.
Rashid Riaz was selected by the match officials as the Umpire of HBL PSL 2022, while Sultans were declared winners of the Spirit of Cricket award.
Umpire of PSL 2022 — Rashid Riaz (PKR3.5m)
Emerging Player of PSL 2022 — Zaman Khan (Lahore Qalandars) (PKR3.5m)
Spirit of Cricket Award — Multan Sultans (PKR3.5m)
All-rounder of PSL 2022 — Khushdil Shah (Multan Sultans) (PKR3.5m)
Fielder of PSL 2022 — Khushdil Shah (Multan Sultans) (PKR3.5m)
Wicketkeeper of PSL 2022 — Mohammad Rizwan (Multan Sultans (PKR3.5m)
Bowler of PSL 2022 — Shadab Khan (Islamabad United) (PKR3.5m)
Batter of PSL 2022 — Fakhar Zaman (Lahore Qalandars) (PKR3.5m)
Player of PSL 2022 — Mohammad Rizwan (Multan Sultans) (PKR3.5m)