Multan were in the driver’s seat until the final five overs of the match, having reduced Lahore to 131-4 in 15 overs after scoring 200-6.
But ‘Mr 360’ De Villiers (52* off 29 balls, 3 fours, 3 sixes) opened his shoulders and played scoops and glides on either side of the wicket to keep Lahore in the hunt.
South African all-rounder David Wiese provided the perfect impetus, smashing five sixes during a a cracking 45 off just 20 balls.
Lahore needed 25 from the final two overs and De Villiers first deposited Andre Russell to midwicket for a six before Wiese smashed the seamer over fine leg for a maximum.
In the final over, the Qalandars needed 16. Boundaries were hard to come by in the first five balls bowled by veteran seamer Dan Christian. With three needed off the last ball, Wiese spanked the bowler down the ground to secure a sensational victory.
Lahore were kept in the chase by opener Fakhar Zaman who hit 63 off just 35 balls.
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Multan had a golden chance to seal the match in the 18th over when Junaid Khan had Wiese caught off a slower ball but it turned out to be a no-ball and the resultant free-hit was hit for a six by De Villiers.
Earlier, Multan Sultans opener James Vince scored a breathtaking 84 from just 41 balls. Englishman Vince went on the offensive from the start. He spared no Lahore bowler, taking particular liking to Nepal spinner Sandeep Lamichhane who ended up conceding 17 runs in his opening over in PSL.
Vince and opener Umar Siddiq (53 off 38) added a superlative 135 for the opening wicket inside 12 overs to set the stage for a gargantuan total in a tournament that has been dominated by bowlers.
Leg-spinner Lamichhane went for 46 runs but pulled things back by picking up the important wickets of Vince, captain Shoaib Malik and Russell to limit the Sultans to 200-6 when a total of 230 seemed on the cards.
Multan Sultans: 200-6
James Vince: 84 (41)
Sandeep Lamichhane: 3-46
Lahore Qalandars: 204-4
Fakhar Zaman: 63 (35)
AB de Villiers: 52* (29)
David Wiese: 45* (20)
Junaid Khan: 3-39
Both teams have played three games and are looking for their second wins.
Which team will attain their second win of the competition? Find out by following the ball-by-ball updates from Sharjah below.
The batsman has been drafted in for the rest of the season after Mohammad Hafeez fractured his thumb against Karachi Kings. The injury means he is ruled out for at least a month.
As such, Butt has been called upon to take over the No3 slot in the batting order. The 34-year-old has been out of the spotlight since his suspension in 2010 but his domestic T20 record bodes well for Lahore.
In 75 innings, Butt has racked up 2278 runs at a healthy average of 36.15. He’s managed 16 half centuries in that time with a best of 99 not out.
Having been handed a chance at redemption following his involvement in the spot fixing scandal nine years ago, it’s make or break time for Butt and he has the backing of Qalandars coach Aaqib Javed.
“I strongly believe that he has learnt his lesson and is a changed man. He will never think about risking his career and would be the last person to think in that direction again,” Javed told espncricinfo.
“He has done well since his return and he is a skillful cricketer,” he added.