Lahore Qalandars’ fortunes in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) once again have failed to improve as they crashed to a five-wicket defeat in their opening game of the fifth season against Multan Sultans. The leadership of Sohail Akhtar did little to change the state of Lahore Qalandars’ performances in the competition.
Opting to bowl first, Multan were initially put on the back foot with a blazing opening partnership between Fakhar Zaman and Chris Lynn. The Aussie, in particular, thwacked three sixes before he got out to Moeen Ali, who also accounted for the scalp of Fakhar.
These quick strikes were followed by a couple of blows from South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir. Qalandars eventually stuttered to a paltry total of 138/8 in 20 overs as the spin twins Tahir and Moeen wreaked havoc.
In reply, Multan knocked off the modest target in just 16.1 overs. Shan Masood and Rilee Russouw emerged as the top run-scorers but the spotlight was stolen by star all-rounder Shahid Afridi, who also hit the winning runs during his unbeaten contribution of 21 runs.