Sohaib Maqsood leads Multan Sultans thump Peshawar Zalmi to win PSL 2021

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Sohaib Maqsood leads Multan Sultans thump Peshawar Zalmi to win PSL 2021

Sohaib Maqsood leads Multan Sultans thump Peshawar Zalmi to win PSL 2021
When the 2021 Pakistan Super League (PSL) kicked off in Karachi, Multan Sultans were in terrible form, winning only one of their four games. On the other hand, the Mohammad Rizwan-led team staged an incredible comeback in the Abu Dhabi leg. The club went on to win their first title after losing only one of their seven games. They defeated the Peshawar Zalmi by 47 runs on Thursday.

Shan Masood and Rizwan secured a steady start after being put in to bat first in the crucial encounter. Before Mohammad Imran castled Masood, batting on a 29-ball 37, the pair put up 68 for the first wicket. Imran dismissed Rizwan for a run-a-ball 30 after a couple of overs.

The Sultans went on a rampage in the last nine overs of their innings, scoring 123 runs at a pace of 13.66. Sohaib Maqsood continued his excellent form by scoring 50 runs in 26 balls. The right-hander went on to bowl 65 off 35 balls, including six fours and three sixes, to remain unbeaten.

Rilee Rossouw, who had been out of form for a while, returned to form with a 21-ball 50. Sameen Gul picked up a pair of late wickets, but Khushdil Shah hammered two sixes in the final over to help the Sultans reach 206 in 20 overs.

Kamran Akmal scored all of Zalmi's runs in the first five overs of the chase. Harzatullah Zazai began his innings with a six against Blessing Muzarabani in the sixth over. The latter, on the other hand, got rid of the opener in the same over. After a few overs, Jonathan Wells was dismissed.

Following that, Shoaib Malik and Rovman Powell sought to bring some sense to the proceedings with a 66-run combination. However, the needed rate continued to rise. After Powell's 14-ball 23, Muzarabani distanced them.

Malik was out for a 28-ball 48 with three fours and as many sixes in the next over. Sherfane Rutherford led the Zalmi with 18 points on 10 shots, but it wasn't enough to keep them in the game. With three wickets, Imran Tahir was the most successful of the Sultans' bowlers. Muzarabani and Imran Khan each took two wickets.