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.
Updated - Jun 25, 2021 8:25 am
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:
@MultanSultans to good. Congrats to players, staff, coaches and owners. From all reports it's been a well executed plan over the last couple of years to turn things around. Well deserved. #PSL2021 #PSLFinal
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) June 25, 2021
— Babar Azam (@babarazam258) June 24, 2021
— Grant Elliott (@grantelliottnz) June 24, 2021
Well deserved win by @MultanSultans with great all round performances by all the players! Congratulations to the new champs. Also a big shout out to @TheRealPCB @thePSLt20 for such a successful event that was managed so well in difficult times. @PeshawarZalmi u played great!
— Umar Gul (@mdk_gul) June 24, 2021
— Azhar Ali (@AzharAli_) June 24, 2021
— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) June 24, 2021
— JP Duminy (@jpduminy21) June 24, 2021
Wah Multan Sultans… and Wah Wah Rizwan.. you are a great advert for Pakistan cricket. Brilliant 👏👏👏👏
— Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) June 25, 2021
Congratulations to @MultanSultans for believing in themselves to go the distance in this @thePSLt20 and win the trophy! The plaudits go to @sohaibcricketer and @iMRizwanPak the skipper…and Coach Andy Flower for whom actions speak louder than words. #MultanSultans #HBLPSL6
— Alan Wilkins (@alanwilkins22) June 25, 2021
From having to quarantine endlessly + staying away from the family + having to quarantine in a hotel back in the UK … this picture makes every bit of it worth it . https://t.co/xcElKqKI7m
— Azhar Mahmood (@AzharMahmood11) June 24, 2021
Congratulations to @MultanSultans on winning @thePSLt20 6.. to my team @PeshawarZalmi I say well fought on another great campaign, even though we are all disappointed..keep your heads up and comeback stronger. 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/nacewD8qwM
— Daren Sammy (@darensammy88) June 24, 2021
— Laurie🏏Evans🏌️♂️ (@LaurieEvans32) June 24, 2021
Congrats @MultanSultans on winning their first @thePSLt20 title. A proud moment for all the people in that part of Pakistan no doubt. Great efforts from the @PeshawarZalmi guys on getting so close. Well done @TheRealPCB and @AbuDhabiCricket
— Niall John O Brien (@niallnobiobrien) June 24, 2021
— Fakhar Zaman (@FakharZamanLive) June 24, 2021
Happy for Sultans, happier for Rizwan. MashAllah lovely journey Rizwan Bhai. Allah nazar se bachaye aur hamesha kamyaab rakhay. Aameen! Welcome to the club Multan Sultans. Congratulations! 🏆 pic.twitter.com/MandZ0JImU
— Rumman Raees (@rummanraees15) June 24, 2021
In a world full of Sohaib Maqsoods, don't be a Haider Ali.#PSLFinal
— Israr Ahmed Hashmi (@IamIsrarHashmi) June 24, 2021
HUM HAIN CHAMPIONS!
— PakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) June 24, 2021
This team is special. 5th not too long ago, now on the verge of a trophy. What a turn around. Credit to the coaching staff, the players and definitely to Rizwan the captain.#PSLFinal
— Ali Khan Tareen (@aliktareen) June 24, 2021
— Marwah Khan (@MarwahKhan64) June 24, 2021
What a journey for Shahnawaz Dahani, from playing barefoot in village to becoming the the best emerging player and the best bowler of PSL.#HBLPSL6Final #PSL6final #PZvMS #MSvPZ #MatchDikhao #Pakistan #Dahani #MultanSultans #PeshawarZalmi #PSLFinal #Champions #Cricket #PSL pic.twitter.com/DBUuIxv5pj
— Hasnain Haider Abro🇵🇰 (@HasnainHaiderA5) June 24, 2021
— Ameer Haider🇵🇰❤ (@ameerhaider09) June 24, 2021
Multan Sultans in the Abu Dhabi leg of the Pakistan Super League;
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) June 24, 2021
— Osama Qureshi (@osama_speaks) June 24, 2021
— Fahmidah Yousfi (@fahmidahyousfi) June 25, 2021
— Amna Khan🌐 (@amnakhani123) June 24, 2021
— . (@imlaiba_) June 24, 2021
— Dawood Umar (@dawoodawan99) June 24, 2021
— Ahmad Hassan (@AhmadHa84403331) June 25, 2021