Pakistan Super League 2023 season has reached its fag end of the tournament. The first qualifier was played on Wednesday as Multan took on Lahore at the Gaddafi Stadium. Multan beat the home side 84 runs and reached the final which is to be played this Sunday. Multan dominated Lahore in all facets of the game with the Bat, Ball and in the field. The heat of the game was getting on to the player as well as there was a huge clash which happened on the field.
The story as it happened –
Haris Rauf had come out to bat when all hopes were lost for the home side. The incident in question happened in the 13th over. Lahore’s score was reading 65/8 with Haris Rauf facing up to Ihsanullah, with David Wiese at the other end.
Ihsanullah and Haris Rauf get involved in ugly spat –
Ihsanullah had just bowled the 5th ball of the 13th over and in follow through was seen to be having words Haris Rauf. The Pakistani speedster asked the Multan bowler to go back. The two nearly came face to face only for the umpire to get in between to stop it before it got too ugly.
Multan top order get off to a good start –
Mohammad Rizwan won the toss and had no hesitation in choosing to bat first. Usman Khan and Rizwan opened the batting and gave Multan a decent start. The pair added 53 for the 1st wicket.
Haris Rauf struck first when he bowled Usman Khan out for 29. Zaman Khan then got the wicket of Rilee Rossouw for 13 before Rashid Khan went through the defenses of Rizwan for 33 to leave Multan at 90/3.
Pollard’s smashing half century helps Multan reach 160 –
Just when Lahore fans thought, the team was in control the past and present of Mumbai Indians took over. Kieron Pollard and Tim David added 65 runs in 38 balls as the former West Indian skipper was at its brutal best. Pollard scored 57 off 34 balls with 1 four and 6 sixes. David was not out on 22 as Multan reach 160 on the board from the 20 overs.
Multan bowlers decimate Lahore –
Chasing 161 to win, the home side Lahore wasn’t really in the contest. Sheldon Cottrell picked 3 wickets for 20, while Usama Mir picked 2. Anwar Ali, Abbas Afridi, Ihsanullah and Pollard picked a wicket each. Lahore were all out for 76 with Sam Billings top scoring with 19, as Haris Rauf and David Wiese with 12 were the other batters to reach double figures.