Lahore Qalandars have won the PSL 8 Final, and they are now the only second team to win two titles. They won the title against Multan Sultans, who have been their biggest nemeses for the last two seasons. It was the final of the finals with competitiveness and a well-matched game.
Lahore Qalandars is, in fact, the only team to win the title back-to-back and is the first in history to do so. They are often the team who sat at the bottom of the table and have turned it around under Shaheen Shah Afridi’s incredible captaincy.
The match between Shaheed Shah Afridi’s Lahore Qalandars and Muhammad Rizwan’s Multan Sultans was already expected to be a nailbiter, but the fans got a lot more than that. The Qaddafi Stadium was packed full with a full house for the final, and the crowd loved every moment of the match.
Play-by-Play of PSL 8 Final
The match began with Lahore Qalandars winning the toss and choosing to bat first. The team lost a total of 6 wickets and posted a massive total of 200 runs. Abdullah Shafique scored 65 runs, Shaheen Afridi scored 44 runs, and Fakhar scored 39 runs. In retaliation, Usama Mir took 3 wickets for 24 runs, Khushdil took 1 wicket for 11 runs, and Ihsanullah took 1 wicket for 37 runs.
The second innings of the PSL 8 Final began with Mohammad Rizwan and Usman Khan putting up a fight. When Usman Khan’s wicket fell, Rilee Rossouw gave them a great chance to his team. Multan lost the final by just 1 run, and the team put up a great fight by posting 199 runs and losing 8 wickets.
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From Multan Sultans, Rilee Rossouw scored 52 runs, Mohammad Rizwan scored 34 runs, and Khushdil Shah scored 25 runs. In retaliation, Shaheen Afridi took 4 wickets for 51 runs, Rashid Khan took 2 wickets for 26 runs, and David Wiese took 1 wicket for 31 runs.
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Awards After the PSL 8 Final
- The Player of the Match went to Shaheen Shah Afridi of Lahore Qalandars.
- Moment of the Tournament award went to Multan Sultans highest total of the season with 263 scores.
- Inverex Fazal Mehmood Cap Winner is Abbas Afridi of Multan Sultans with 23 wickets.
- Inverex Hanif Mohammad Cap Winner is Mohammad Rizwan Multan Sultans with 550 runs.
- Most Numbers of Sixes award went to Fakhar Zaman of Lahore Qalandars with 27 sixes and won a Hayabusa Bike.
- Highest Wickets award went to Abbas Afridi of Multan Sultans with 23 wickets won Hayabusa bike.
- Best Emerging Player award went to Abbas Afridi of Multan Sultans.
- Spirit of Cricket award went to Peshawar Zalmi.
- Best Umpire of the Tournament went to Alex Wolf.
- Best All Rounder of the Tournament went to Imad Wasim of Karachi Kings.
- Best Fielder of the Tournament award went to Kieron Pollard of Multan Sultans.
- Best Wicket Keeper award went to Mohammad Rizwan of Multan Sultans.
- Best Bowler of the Tournament award went to Ihsanullah of Multan Sultans.
- Best Batter of the Tournament award went to Mohammad Rizwan of Multan Sultans.
- Player of the Tournament award went to Ihsanullah of Multan Sultans.