Peshawar Zalmi's young star Haider Ali has exceeded expectations with his array of elegant strokes and effortless lofts all over the park.
The 23-year-old was the sole Zalmi batsman, who was fluent enough to pierce the gaps and opt for the aerial route with tremendous success.
The highlight of Haider's 27-ball stay at the crease arrived when he dispatched a length ball from Mohammad Irfan downtown for a splendid maximum. His nonchalant extension of the arms and perfect alignment ensured the ball travelled far beyond the boundary rope.
Sohail Tanvir wrecked the Peshawar Zalmi batting line-up on numerous occasions to stifle their momentum. He emerged as the chief destroyer as the home side managed to bundle out Zalmi for 123.
The left-arm seamer snaffled four wickets for 13 runs including the prized scalp of this year's PSL centurion Kamran Akmal.
The veteran wicketkeeper-batsman's dismissal off Tanvir while trying to clear mid-on was a huge setback to Zalmi's progress.
Mohammad Ilyas bowled perhaps the most impactful over of the day when he prised out veteran Shoaib Malik and Liam Livingstone in three deliveries.
Malik was guilty of hanging his bat outside off-stump rather aimlessly, handing a regulation catch to Zeeshan Ashraf behind the stumps.
Ilyas deceived the experienced campaigner by angling in the ball and shaping it away ever so slightly to tickle the outside edge.
Rilee Rossouw delivered a match-winning performance with the bat, calmly leading Sultans to a thumping win.
He hit only one maximum in his belligerent contribution of 49 not out, with Rahat Ali on the receiving end of the lusty blow.
Rossouw unleashed wristy strokeplay and brutally punished a shorter delivery by pulling it over deep mid-wicket.
Wahab Riaz was the only Zalmi bowler who looked threatening enough to trigger a collapse for the opposition.
He bamboozled Sultans skipper Shan Masood by extracting a lot of bounce from the surface to trick the batsman into edging it to the keeper.
Khushdil Shah provided solid company to Rossouw as Sultans cantered to the paltry 124-run target. The left-handed batter is known for his power-hitting abilities and lived up to the hype by bludgeoning 43 off 29 deliveries.
Khushdil's first expansive six came off Aamir Khan as he made use of the long handle to drill the ball over long-on for a massive six.