an all-round performance from shaheen afridi inspired Lahore Qalandars pulled off a thrilling win in the high-scoring Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2023 final against Multan Sultan at the Gaddafi Stadium on Saturday. The Qalandars registered a one-run victory to become the PSL champions for the second time in a row.
With Shaheen’s unbeaten innings of 44 runs in 15 balls Abdullah ShafiqWith the help of 65 runs in 40 balls, the Qalandars scored 200/6 in their allotted 20 overs. mirza beg (30) and Fakhar Zaman (39) also made valuable contributions.
In reply, Riley RossouwK’s half-century and some handy contributions from the rest of the batsmen kept the Sultans in the hunt but skipper Shaheen took four wickets to keep the Qalandars in check. spinner rashid khan Also helped the team by taking two wickets for 26 runs.
Lahore Qalandars 200/6 in 20 overs (Abdullah Shafiq 65, Shaheen Afridi 44*; Usama Mir 3/24) Defeated Multan Sultans 199/8 in 20 overs (Ril Rossouw 52, Mohammad Rizwan 34; Shaheen Afridi 4/51) by 1 run,
“It is a great feeling to be in the final for the second time and win again. Credit to the entire team and coaching staff for keeping us comfortable. I think it was tough in the beginning when the momentum was swinging between them and us. But the idea was to fight till the end and it paid off. At that point, I felt I should go for the bat and I was lucky to get a few players in the slot. This victory is for all Pakistani people who want happiness in PSL. He deserved a match like this.” Shaheen said after the match.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
QALANDARS BECOME CHAMPIONS 👑
Celebration amid fireworks 🥳#hblpsl8 , #SabSitarayHumaray , #MSvLQ pic.twitter.com/sbIPNPJaVB
— PakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) March 18, 2023
An exciting game of cricket ends with bringing home the 🏆
best feeling ever!!
Thank you so much to all the fans for your support, without you this wouldn’t have been possible 💚 @lahoreqalandars @thePSLt20 pic.twitter.com/s33OGG0vH8
— Rashid Khan (@ Rashid Khan_19) March 19, 2023
Deja Vu ♥️ pic.twitter.com/UfPn3S6HkM
— Lahore Qalandars (@lahoreqalandars) March 18, 2023
Shaheen Afridi shines in PSL final
When Lahore’s score was 112/5 in the 15th over, he scored 44* in just 15 balls with the help of 2 fours and 5 sixes.pic.twitter.com/n8kQzvniQV
– Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) March 18, 2023
Epic Finals, couldn’t have asked for more from the players. Congratulations 🎉 🎉🎉 @iShaheenAfridi And @lahoreqalandars To Win #hblpsl2023 🏆 Leading from the front with bat and ball #captaincool pic.twitter.com/p26xZW4ZJ5
– Waqar Younis (@waqyounis99) March 18, 2023
Shaheen Shah Afridi has become a brilliant leader. congratulations again @lahoreqalandars
– Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) March 18, 2023
What an end! 🤯👏🏼 https://t.co/MS1rCVxZeW
— Sam Billings (@sambillings) March 18, 2023
Shaheen Afridi is the first captain to win the PSL final twice and Lahore Qalandars the first team to defend the title. Couldn’t have asked for a better finish than this for the final. Thrilling one run win! #PSLFfinal
— Mazhar Arshad (@MazharArshad) March 18, 2023
Champions 🔥#LQvsMS #MSvLQ #PSLFfinal pic.twitter.com/puT1dUW4nX
– Dunder Mifflin Pakistan 🇵🇰 (@dundermifflinpk) March 18, 2023
View of Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore after 3 hours from now🔥🔥#pslfinal #LQvsMS pic.twitter.com/UO5288dQFE
– 🇵🇰 Muhammad Noor 🇵🇰 (@Noor_Marriiii) March 18, 2023
Oh my god 🥵 what a sensational last over 😔 ohhh I seriously can’t breathe 😂😂
what a final match ♥️#LQvsMS #LQvMS #hblpsl8 #PSL08 #PSLFfinal pic.twitter.com/QiKtY5ye9U
— Akhtar Jamal (@AkhtarActivist) March 18, 2023