Multan Sultans defeated Peshawar Zalmi without much trouble as captain Mohammad Rizwan led the charge till the end.
Peshawar Zalmi did not learn from their last game against Quetta Gladiators and hence, suffered a brutal loss.
While they aced the Gladiators test with the ball, Wahab Riaz’s men did not turn up with a similar performance against Multan Sultans in Dubai.
The Sultans chased down the 167-run target in the 17th over to clinch the game by 8 wickets.
Shahnawaz Dhani finds form
Shahnawaz Dhani returned to his absolute best as he bagged the Man of the Match award.
He picked up four wickets, dismantling Peshawar’s top order in the process.
There’s no question on the Larkana-born’s talent, but one thing that he needs to keep in check is the extras conceded and the economy.
The right-arm pacer, who has been picked for Pakistan’s upcoming red-ball series, leaked 31 runs that included a wide and no-ball.
Rizwan dethrones Babar Azam as top-scorer
Mohammad Rizwan once again proved why he’s Pakistan most reliable batsman along with captain Babar Azam.
The Multan Sultans skipper smashed 82 off 56 balls to become the highest scorer of the tournament again.
In seven matches, he scored 408 runs already.
The Sultans skipper has been consistent throughout this season and has turned up in every big game.
The curious case of Haider Ali
Haider Ali has been the talk of the town after hitting a new form slump in the PSL.
The youngster has always been known for sending PSL fans in frenzy with clean strikes, but the Dubai-leg is yet to see the best of him.
After scoring a first-ball duck in the last game, he fell for a 30-ball 28 in tonight’s contest. His series of low scores has dented Zalmi during the powerplays.
Multan Sultans 167 for 1 (Rizwan 82*, Maqsood 61) beat Peshawar Zalmi 166 for 7 (Rutherford 56, Akmal 35, Dahani 4-31) by 9 wickets.
Preview: Quetta Gladiators vs Lahore Qalandars
Quetta Gladiators will face Lahore Qalandars in Dubai, hoping to clinch the game with a big margin to keep their PSL playoff hopes alive.
Lahore Qalandars, who have made a remarkable comeback this season, will have the chance to see off the Gladiators this season.
If Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men lose the match, they will become the first team to exit the PSL 2021.
Probable best performer
Fakhar Zaman’s offseason hard work has paid dividends in the international arena as well as the PSL.
The left-handed, who has been criticized recently for his unorthodox batting technique, has shut his critics with sublime performances.
After hammering South Africa in the last series, the lefty is looking threatening in the league as well.
He is the third-highest scorer of the season with 243 runs.
He averages 43 and is likely to increase these figures against the low-spirited Quetta.
Lahore Qalandars are the probable winners of the clash.
Sohail Akhtar and company have been clicking in every department so far.
On the flip side, Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men have been juggernauts of the PSL ever since the league’s inception.
They have reached the finals on numerous occasions and even lifted the cup in 2019.
However, the dominant displays have been absent in 2021.