For the first time in PSL 2018, Sharjah stadium was a full house. The crowd deserved a ‘paisa vasool’ match after the washout between Karachi Kings and Multan Sultans. This match could not have been scripted better. The Sharjah crowd witnessed the first-ever super over of the Pakistan Super League and was it a rollercoaster ride or what?
Lahore Qalandars lost their fourth match in a row; it was another heartbreak affair for Qalandars’ fans and its management. Their ability to collapse just when they look set to win the game is incredible.
Qalandars were chasing a mediocre target of 122. Umar Akmal was sent alongside Brendon McCullum to open the innings; Akmal only lasted for four balls. Fakhar Zaman got out for a duck the next delivery (there was DRS confusion, Umpire was unsure whether Lahore’s review was intact or not as Akmal had used it a ball before but umpire’s call meant review was retained), making it 2 for 4 in the first over.
Brendon McCullum and Agha Salman did everything right to steady the chase with a partnership of 73 off 63. Salman (48 off 35) played some glorious shots before Mohammed Sami got him out on a bouncer. A collapse was on the cards (yet again); Lahore went from being 2 for 77 to 9 for 115, talk about consistency. They needed 7 from 6 with Baz still at the crease (34 off 49), but he couldn’t repeat what Darren Sammy did for his side a night before. In came the debutant for Lahore, Salman Irshad. He hit a six to bring his team just a run away from victory. Mohammad Sami, the last over thriller specialist, forced the first ever super over in the PSL by getting Salman on the fourth ball.
Sami who was adjudged player of the match went for 15 in the super over. United batsmen chased it down with a six on the last ball by Andre Russell.
This match has given the third edition of the Pakistan Super League a new life. Lahore Qalandars and Islamabad United both need to sort their batting before the next games. If the remaining matches at Sharjah provide as much entertainment as this game, PSL will be back on track.