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  Qalandars set a 181-run target to Sultans  

March 4, 2023 10:34 PM


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Lahore Qalandars have set a 181-run target for Multan Sultans in the 20th match of the eighth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) being played at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. 

According to the 24NewsHD TV channel, the Lahore Qalandars finished 180-9 in their allotted 20 overs. 

Abdullah Shafique and Sam Billings shined as they managed to build a fighting total for Qalandars after losing early wickets of the opening pair of Fakhar Zaman and Mirza Tahir Baig. 

The batting side suffered a big blow in the first over when in-form opener Fakhar Zaman (0) was caught at the third man while trying to clear the fence.

Meanwhile, Ihsanullah dismissed Mirza Tahir Baig in the fifth over of the innings after a 50-run stand between the latter and Abdullah Shafique. The right-hander scored 17 runs in 11 balls.  

After losing Baig, Shafique stitched another healthy partnership with Sam Billings. However, the 69-run stand was broken when Shafique, 48 runs in 35 balls, was caught and bowled by Kieron Pollard. 

Billings, who looked set for a big one, was caught in front of the stumps after misjudging a delivery by Pollard. The English batter scored 54 runs in 35 balls with the help of six fours and two sixes. Sikandar Raza scored 14 runs, meanwhile, David Wiese remained unbeaten on 15 runs. 

Lahore could not get the finish they wanted at the backend of the innings after losing five wickets and scoring only 38 runs in the last five overs.  

For Multan, Pollard, Ihsanullah, Abbas Afridi and Anwar Ali claimed two wickets each. Earlier, Lahore Qalandars won the toss and opted to bat first against Multan Sultans. 

The topper on the table, Qalandars currently have 10 points on the league table after six games and will qualify for the playoffs if they win this match. On the other hand, Sultans winning today’s match will also give Sultans a boost in the race for playoffs as their points tally will increase to 10.

Squads

Lahore Qalandars: Shaheen Shah Afridi (c), Fakhar Zaman, Rashid Khan, David Wiese, Hussain Talat, Haris Rauf, Abdullah Shafique, Sikandar Raza, Ahmad Daniyal, Dilbar Hussain, Kamran Ghulam, Mirza Tahir Baig, Shawaiz Irfan, Zaman Khan, Jalat Khan, Jordan Cox (wk), Ahsan Bhatti, Sam Billings (wk) and Shane Dadswell.

 

Multan Sultans: Mohammad Rizwan (c & wk), David Miller, Shan Masood, Khushdil Shah, Rilee Rossouw, Akeal Hosain, Mohammad Ilyas, Tim David, Usama Mir, Sameen Gul, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Sarwar, Usman Khan, Arafat Minhas, Ihsanullah, Abbas Afridi, Kieron Pollard, Ammad Butt, Carlos Brathwaite and IzharulHaq Naveed.



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