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Twitter Reactions: Defending champions Lahore Qalandars clinch thrilling victory in PSL 2023 curtain raiser

Twitter Reactions: Defending champions Lahore Qalandars clinch thrilling victory in PSL 2023 curtain raiser
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Lahore Qalandars began their Pakistan Tremendous League 2023 marketing campaign with a comeback win over final season’s runner-up Multan Sultans within the first match on Monday (February 13). Final season’s main run-getter Fakhar Zaman picked up from the place he left of and top-scored with 66(42) to assist the Qalandars publish 175/6 whereas batting first. In-form Mohammad Rizwan smashed 75 off 50 to tug his group to inch nearer to the goal however the pacers made a late comeback to limit the Sultans to 174/6 to register an exciting 1-run win.

Rizwan gained the toss and elected to area first at Multan Cricket Stadium. Nevertheless, his resolution to bowl first backfired as Qalandars’ openers Fakhar and Mirza Baig dominated the powerplay overs. The pair pulled off a vital 61-run stand for the opening wicket until Akeal Hosein dismissed Baig within the eighth over. Baig scored 32 off 26 however Fakhar stored the runs flowing from the opposite finish.

Fakhar shaped one other large 58-run partnership with West Indies star Shai Hope to maintain the stress on Sultans’ bowlers. Usama Mir, who lately made a global debut, handed the Sultans a breakthrough with Hope and Fakhar’s worthwhile wickets within the center overs. Ihsanullah bagged two extra wickets to include the run circulation additional.

Hussain Talat smashed a fast 20 in the long run because the Qalandars posted a difficult whole on the scorecard. Mir and Ihsanullah took two wickets every whereas Akeal and Shanawaz Dahani grabbed one wicket every for the Sultans.

Sultans lose by the barest of margins

Whereas chasing an enormous whole, Rizwan and Shan Masood shaped a match-defining 100-run partnership for the opening wicket to make sure an early win for the Sultans. Rizwan continued his red-hot type from Bangladesh Premier League 2023 and showcased similar grit and willpower at PSL 2023 with one other large fifty.

Masood performed second-fiddle to Rizwan and scored a vital 35 off 31 earlier than getting caught out on Talat’s supply within the thirteenth over. However Rizwan stored hitting the large photographs with David Miller becoming a member of him within the center. The duo shaped a small however essential 31-run partnership for the second wicket.

Qalandars’ captain Shaheen Afridi, the final season’s main wicket-taker, raised few hopes for his group with Rizwan’s wicket within the sixteenth over. He bowled out Rizwan on a ripping yorker when the Sultans wanted 49 off the final 5 overs. Rizwan top-scored with 75 off 50 with eight fours and a six.

Pakistani speedster Haris Rauf ripped off the stumps with David Miller’s wicket within the nineteenth over to place his group within the driving seat for the primary time within the match. Sultans misplaced two extra wickets within the final over and Khushdil Shah smashed two fours off the innings’ final two deliveries however they fell one run quick to stage the rating, and finally misplaced the cut-throat sport.

Right here is how Twitter is reacting to Multan Sultans’ conquer Lahore Qalandars in PSL 2023, Match 1:

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