David Wiese’s all-round brilliance helps Lahore Qalandars qualify for PSL finals

David Wiese delivered splendid performance with the bat and ball to see Lahore Qalandars beat Multan Sultans in the Qualifier 2 game played at National Cricket Stadium on Sunday. With this result, Lahore Qalandars will play their maiden PSL final against Karachi Kings on Tuesday.

Multan Captain Shan Masood won the toss and opted to bowl first. The decision backfired completely as openers Tamim Iqbal and Fakhar Zaman got Lahore off to an excellent start. The duo added 46 runs in the first five overs.

Tamim Iqbal looked good in his innings and perished in the 5th over after scoring 30 runs off 20 balls with the help of five boundaries. Captain Sohail Akhtar failed to make an impression and perished for a low score to see Qalandars lose their second wicket in the sixth over.

Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Hafeez put on a 40-run partnership for the third wicket to see Qalandars push their score beyond 100-run mark in the 13th over.

Fakhar Zaman fell four runs short of richly deserved half-century. Left-hander scored 46 runs off 36 balls with the help of four boundaries and two sixes. On the other hand, Muhammad Hafeez failed to replicate his heroics from the previous game and scored 19 runs off 21 balls with the help of two boundaries.

Wicket-keeper Ben Dunk could not last any longer as he was dismissed by Shahid Afridi to see Qalandars lose their fifth wicket in the 14th over of the innings.

All-rounder David Wiese played a magnificent innings and led the fightback for Qalandars. He smashed a breathtaking 48 not out off 21 balls with the help of five fours and three sixes. He was well supported by former England all-rounder, Samit Patel, who chipped in with in 26 runs off 16 balls with the help of four boundaries.

With Wiese going berserk at the end, Lahore Qalandars managed to post a competitive total of 182 runs for the loss of six wickets in their allotted 20 overs.

For Multan Sultans, veteran all-rounder Shahid Afridi was the best bowler on display and claimed 2 for 18 in his four overs.

Chasing 183 runs to qualify for PSL finals, wicket-keeper Zeeshan Ashraf and Adam Lyth got Multan Sultans off to decent start and added 47 runs in the first four overs. Pacer Haris Rauf broke the opening partnership as he dismissed Zeeshan Ashraf with a short-pitch delivery.

Adam Lyth looked in excellent form with the bat and smashed consecutive boundaries off the bowling of Shaheen Shah Afridi. Captain Shan Masood also proved to be an ideal partner at the other end. The duo kept the scoreboard ticking and added 33 runs for the second wicket.

England’ Adam Lyth played exceedingly well and scored 50 runs off 29 balls with the help of four boundaries and three sixes. He was dismissed by medium-pacer David Wiese in the eighth over of the innings.

Shan Masood failed to capitalize on his good start and perished in the 11th over after scoring 27 runs off 22 balls with the help of one four.

The middle-order failed to make notable contributions as Multan Sultans were dismissed for 157 runs in 19.1 overs. Khushdil Shah put in a valiant innings of 30 runs off 19 balls but it wasn’t enough as Sultans lost the match by 25 runs.

For Qalandars, Haris Rauf and David Wiese bowled well and claimed three wickets, whereas Dilbar Hussain and Shaheen Shah Afridi put in excellent performances and claimed two wickets each.

For his all-round heroics, David Wiese was named player of the match. The final of 2020 Pakistan Super League will see Lahore Qalandars take on Karachi Kings at National Cricket Stadium on Tuesday.

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