Both Peshawar Zalmi and Karachi Kings have qualified for the PSL 2019 playoffs. However, their clash in Karachi on Monday will still have a lot riding on it – namely a spot in the Qualifier or Eliminator.
Peshawar have six wins and if they win their seventh on Monday, they will meet Quetta Gladiators in the first Qualifier, with the losing team of that clash getting another chance against the winner of the Eliminator between the third and fourth placed teams.
If Karachi, who have five wins so far, manage to win by a huge margin – 85 runs or chase inside nine overs – they would be tied with Peshawar on wins and ahead on net run rate, which would place them second in the points table.
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Multan Sultans star all-rounder and Pakistan legend Shahid Afridi ended the PSL 2019 campaign on a high with a brilliant display with the ball in a big win over Lahore Qalandars in Karachi on Monday and then quashed rumours over his PSL retirement, stating he will play next year.
Both Multan and Lahore were out of the playoff race even before the match began so there was not a lot at stake as such. Even so, players in both teams would have wanted to finish the campaign on a positive note and it was Multan who came out on top, restricting Lahore to 140-8 and chasing down the runs with seven wickets and 45 balls in hand.
Afridi was the pick of the bowlers for Multan, picking up 2-18 from his four overs. Also, he was the one who hit the winning runs in the chase.
Afridi was in the news for another reason as he jumped the boundary hoardings and did a lap of the National Stadium, greeting fans and acknowledging their cheers.
It was seen as a lap of honour in possibly his final PSL game since Afridi had been struggling with knee problems for more than a season. However, after the match Multan captain Shoaib Malik clarified it was not the last PSL match for Afridi and added the lap of honour was just to “please the crowd”.
“I wish he plays more and more,” Malik was quoted as saying.
Afridi himself cleared the air over the situation, stating he will play in PSL next year. “I haven’t left cricket, I am still playing. I don’t know who I will play for next year but I will surely play,” Afridi was quoted as saying.
Having missed the chance to qualify for the play-offs, the two bottom sides were due to do battle in what was a dead rubber but Lahore failed to put up much of a fight, gifting their opponents the opportunity to sign off in style with a seven wicket win and 45 deliveries to spare, chasing a target of 141.
Shoaib Malik won the toss and put Lahore in to bat. Opposing skipper Fakhar Zaman did his part in trying to construct a strong innings for his side as he scored 53 off 36 balls before top-edging a Shahid Afridi googly to point.
However, he was let down by those around him as the top order failed to contribute with only a knock of 30 from 22 balls from David Wiese helping the team to 140/8.
None of the Multan batsmen gave the bowling attack much respect, dispatching them to all parts of the ground. Shan Masood was the standout contributor in the top order, scoring 48 from just 25 balls and effectively taking the game away from the opposition.
His team-mates seemed to be in a hurry to finish things off as well. James Vince scored a handy 25 off 14 while Johnson Charles took the Sultans over the finish line with an unbeaten 41 coming off just 25 balls.
The result means Multan spared themselves a last-place finish in the table, condemning the Qalandars to that fate instead.