Twitter Reactions: Sohaib Maqsood leads the charge as Multan Sultans thump Peshawar Zalmi to win PSL 2021

Twitter Reactions: Sohaib Maqsood leads the charge as Multan Sultans thump Peshawar Zalmi to win PSL 2021

The Zalmi lost their third final in the tournament in four years after winning the second edition in 2017.

Shoaib Maqsood
Sohaib Maqsood. (Photo by ASIF HASSAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Multan Sultans were in horrendous form when the 2021 Pakistan Super League (PSL) took place in Karachi as they won only one out of their four games. However, the Mohammad Rizwan-led unit made a stupendous comeback in the Abu Dhabi leg. Losing only one of seven matches, the team went on to win their maiden title. On Thursday, they beat the Peshawar Zalmi by 47 runs.

Maqsood steps on the gas

After being put in to bat first in the crunch game, Shan Masood and Rizwan ensured a steady start. The duo put on 68 for the opening wicket before Mohammad Imran castled Masood, who was batting on a 29-ball 37. A couple of overs later, Imran removed Rizwan for a run-a-ball 30.

In the last nine overs of their innings, the Sultans went berserk and hammered 123 runs at a rate of 13.66. Sohaib Maqsood carried on with his impressive form and brought up his fifty off 26 balls. The right-hander went on to stay unbeaten on 65 off 35, laced with six fours and three sixes.

Rilee Rossouw also came back to form with a 21-ball 50. Sameen Gul got a couple of late wickets, but Khushdil Shah smashed two sixes in the last over and took the Sultans to a formidable score of 206 in 20 overs.

Zalmi got down

In the first five overs of Zalmi’s run-chase, Kamran Akmal did all the scoring. Harzatullah Zazai opened his account in the sixth over with a six off Blessing Muzarabani. But the latter got rid of the opener in the same over. Jonathan Wells got out a couple of overs later.

Thereafter, Shoaib Malik and Rovman Powell tried to restore sanity into proceedings with a partnership of 66 runs. But the required rate kept climbing. Muzarabani separated them after Powell’s 14-ball 23.

In the next over, Malik perished for a 28-ball 48 with three fours and as many sixes. Sherfane Rutherford scored 18 off 10, but it wasn’t enough for the Zalmi to get even close. Imran Tahir was the most successful of the Sultans’ bowlers with three wickets. Imran Khan and Muzarabani got two wickets each.

Here’s how the netizens reacted to Multan Sultans’ win: