A day after they beat Peshawar in the first eliminator Lahore Qalanders were back in the National Stadium in Karachi playing for a place in the Final against Karachi Kings.

The line ups first:-

Multan Sultans

  • Zeeshan Ashraf (wk)
  • Adam Lyth
  • Shan Masood (c)
  • Rilee Rossouw
  • Ravi Bopara
  • Khushdil Shah
  • Shahid Afridi
  • Sohail Tanvir
  • Mohammad Ilyas
  • Imran Tahir
  • Junaid Khan

Lahore Qalanders

  • Fakhar Zaman
  • Tamim Iqbal
  • Sohail Akhtar
  • Mohammad Hafeez
  • Ben Dunk (wk)
  • Samit Patel
  • David Wiese
  • Muhammad Faizan
  • Shaheen Afridi
  • Haris Rauf
  • Dilbar Hussain

Sham Masood won the toss for Multan and put Lahore in to bat. Lahore’s opening partnership fared better than they had in the first eliminator, The Bangladesh ODI captain scored 30 from 20 balls in the opening partnership of 46 before he was caught by Khishdil from the bowling of Junaid in the 5th over. Akhtar wasn’t at the crease for long, he faced just 4 balls before he was caught by Rossouw from the bowling of Ilyas. Lahore were 54 for 2 in the 6th over.

In came Hafeez, a man whose innings in the first eliminator was a large factor in Lahore being in this match. He wasn’t to repeat his heroics and was despatched by Shahid Afridi for just 19, Adam Lyth taking the catch.. Fakhar had played a useful innings making 46 in 36 balls, Adam Lyth had been brought on to bowl and as the commentators were questioning how wise that was just as Fakhar was caught by Tanvir. Lahore were 105 for 4 in the 14th over.

Ben Dunk, who sits third in the runs table was next in, but he was only able to add 3 before an Afridi ball crashed into his stumps. At 111 for 5 in the 15th over Lahore needed some quick runs.

Those runs came from the bats of Samit Patel who scored 26 in 16 balls and from David Wiese another hero from the first eliminator, who ht 48 from just 21 balls. Samit was out with 2 balls to spare, caught by Masood from the bowling of Tanvir. But those key runs at the end of the game took Lahore to a very decent total of 182 for 6.

Adam Lyth, a very understated Yorkshire cricketer who played just 7 tests for England opened with Ashraf, the pair put on 47 before Ashraf was caught by Dunk from the bowling of Rauf. Lyth played a great innings making his 50 in just 29 balls. But the batting hero, Wiese had him caught by Fakhar once he reached that 50. The captain Masood, in at 3 made 27 from 22 balls before he was caught by Dunk from the bowling of Hussain. Multan were 102 for 3.

Ravi Bopara lasted just 2 balls before he too was caught by Dunk, a second wicket for Wiese, he’d made 1. Rossouw fell in the next over having made 18, this time it was Wiese who took the catch from the bowling of Rauf. Afridi (Shahid) was out for a golden duck putting Rauf on a hat-trick and Multan on 116 for 6 in the 14th over.

The last 4 wickets fell for 41 runs, with Shaheen Afridi finding himself on a hat-trick after he took the wicket of Khishdil, who’d made 30 from 19 balls and Ilyas for 9. Afridi had left the field earlier in the innings with what look like a strain of some sort. It will have been a huge relief to both Lahore and Pakistan fans!

A win for Lahore, they play Karachi in the Final!

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