Multan Sultans have booked their place in the Pakistan Super League final after a comprehensive 84-run victory over Lahore Qalandars. The Qalandars, who had topped the league stage of the PSL, were unable to chase down the 161-run target set by Multan and were bowled out for just 76 runs.
Sheldon Cottrell was the star of the show for Multan with three wickets while Mohammad Abbas Afridi also impressed with figures of 1/5 from 2.3 overs. For Lahore, Rashid Khan was impressive with 1/18 from four overs but it wasn’t enough to stop Multan from reaching their third consecutive PSL final.
The defeat means that Lahore will now go into a last-chance saloon shootout against either Islamabad United or Peshawar Zalmi on Friday. It’s not just the loss itself that will be concerning for Lahore but also its nature as they had been disciplined with the ball before crumbling in pursuit of 161 runs.
Kieron Pollard was the star performer for Multan with an unbeaten knock of 57 off 37 balls and he was ably supported by Usman Khan (30) and Tim David (27). This win has put Multan firmly in contention for their first ever PSL title and they will be looking forward to taking on either Islamabad or Peshawar in the final.