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Rauf, Wiese thump Sultans to take Qalandars to maiden PSL final
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Rauf, Wiese thump Sultans to take Qalandars to maiden PSL final

Haris Rauf wrecked Multan Sultans in a lethal spell of bowling while David Wiese excelled with both bat and ball to take Lahore Qalandars to their maiden PSL final.

Rauf delivered the match-defining 14th over of Sultans' innings when he dismissed Rilee Rossouw and Shahid Afridi on successive balls to drive home the advantage for his team.

Rossouw got out via a miscued slog off a low full-toss with Wiese taking a remarkable catch at deep long-on. The very next delivery, Afridi was castled by a supreme yorker from Rauf with the speedster straight away folding his hands in respect of the legendary all-rounder.

Multan threatened to stage a stunning comeback whilst Khushdil Shah was out in the middle but the southpaw fell in the penultimate over trying to keep up with the climbing asking rate.

Dilbar Hussain dismissed final batsman Imran Tahir to bundle out Multan 25 runs short of Lahore Qalandars' total of 182-6.

Multan initially got off to a rollicking start thanks to Adam Lyth's blistering strokeplay upfront. The Yorkshire star made amends for his pedestrian knock yesterday by attacking Qalandars' bowlers with aggressive hits.

Lyth reached his rapid half-century in 28 balls as Sultans charged to the target with explosive batting in the first half of their chase.

Lyth eventually fell to Wiese while trying to smack a slower off-cutter and his departure applied brakes to Sultans' freewheeling expedition.

Multan skipper Shan Masood then got out to an unbelievable moment of brilliance in the field when Ben Dunk dived right to snaffle the ball dipping down on him.

In the first innings, Wiese stole the show with stupendous hits towards the end to ensure Lahore finished with a daunting total on the board.

Although Fakhar Zaman and Tamim Iqbal both slammed useful contributions in the start, the Qalandars' middle-order collapsed with mediocre scores.

Afridi rolled back the years with an outstanding spell with impressive returns of two for 18 in four overs. Multan's bowling dominance wilted in the face of Wiese's monstrous strokes as he swatted three sixes and five boundaries in an unbeaten 48 off 21 balls.