Lahore Qalandars had won the toss & elected to bat first against the invincible Multan Sultans in the final of PSL 2023. LQ had a topsy-turvy powerplay where they scored 43 runs for the loss of 1 wicket. Sam Billings has had a pretty decent PSL 2023 where he has scored 226 runs. Sam Billings has been quite vocal behind the stumps.
Multan Sultans (MS) would be well aware of the defeat in the final of PSL 2022. Kieron Pollard’s inclusion in Multan Sultans has meant that there is no added pressure on the skipper Rizwan. Kieron Pollard has scored 241 runs & had played a key role in the Qualifier match against Lahore Qalandars by playing a terrific knock of 57 runs in 34 balls where he struck 1 four & 6 huge sixes.
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WATCH: Usama Mir takes back-to-back wickets
At the end of 13 overs, LQ’s score was 105-2 where Abdullah Shafique’s score was 30 runs in 22 balls whereas Sam Billings was on 3 runs in 4 balls. Usama Mir was bowling the 14th over and on the 4th delivery, Sam Billings went down the track where Usama Mir foxed him by bowling a short of a length which turned out to be a straight one and thrashed his leg stump. Ahsan Bhatti, the left-handed batter came into bat & on the very first ball, Usama Mir trapped Ahsan Bhatti by bowling a leg break. All of a sudden LQ’s score was 111-4 where Usama Mir now has 3 wickets to his name in 1.5 overs where he has conceded 9 runs.
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Crucial Phase for Lahore Qalandars
Lahore Qalandars would be banking on the veteran batter Sikandar Raza to play an impactful knock. Abdullah Shafique needs to convert his start & make sure that he bats till the end of the innings as going berserk from the word go would be tough for the new batters where the pitch is a bit sluggish.
Multan Sultans skipper Mohammad Rizwan would sense that they can restrict LQ below 170. It won’t be a bad idea to use Usama Mir in the death bowlers as the spinner is on a roll. It would be interesting to see whether Rashid Khan gets promoted as he can change the complexion of the match quite quickly.
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