What a match!
What a venue to hit a last ball six!
Lahore Qalanders tasted the much-needed victory and it went right down the wire. Multan Sultans batting first posted a very good total – but it could’ve been better. Lahore Qalanders’ bowlers got hold of them in last overs, courtesy to Shaheen and Harris Rauf. Out of the 5 bowlers used, these two bowled with an economy less than 10.
In response, Fakhar looked fidgety at the start like most of the times but got his team to a good start eventually. After the early demise of Sohail Akhtar, Salman Butt and Fakhar Zaman build a good partnership and Fakhar’s strike rate helped Qalanders.
So, here are the ratings of the match on the GPA scale.
GPA = 3.7
The stylish English opening batsman started his innings beautifully with a four off Shaheen Afridi. He didn’t go hard on any of his lofted shots rather played them with elegance. On the other hand, Umar Siddiq, who was looking edgy at first, joined James Vince very soon.
Some of the shots from both these openers were beautiful to watch including the straight-bat lofted drive from Umar and cover drive by James Vince. They teamed up for 135 runs in just 11.5 overs and made the 200 mark look easy.
GPA = 3.0
The awaited debut of Nepalese prodigy, Sandeep Lamichhane, wasn’t something he would like to remember. He was welcomed with both hands by Lahore Qalanders but with a six by James Vince. His first over was probably expensive than the LED stumps and didn’t find his groove after that either. He picked the important scalps of Shoaib Malik and the big Dre Russ to restrict Sultans on 200 only.
David Wiese debuted for Qalanders today which looked like an ordinary one judging from the bowling but it wasn’t one. He later came with the willow in his hand and did magic. Though his tricks were caught on camera but were given a chance by cameraman, Junaid, who cut those scenes and let him redeem himself.
GPA = 2.0
Harris Rauf nailed some original yorkers at the death but his celebration after running out Dan Christian was 1) not very necessary 2) stolen from WWE.
After catching the Aussie all-rounder short of the crease, he got into his face and showed him a send-off/celebration which is probably copied from not one, but from three WWE superstars and mingled together. It was a combination of ‘You can’t see me’ from John Cena; ‘Cobra’ from Santino Marella and a bit of Undertaker was in there, too. A WWE fan for sure.
GPA = 3.9
When Qalanders picked AB de Villiers in the draft, there were a lot of hopes around, and of course some memes about AB de Villiers’ career staining. It came, came like a charm. But not to take any credit away from David Wiese. At one moment, AB de Villiers was building his innings with the rotation of the strike and on the other hand, Wiese had already hit 3 sixes.
You know those shades of Fawad Rana and they are a lot more than fifty, we glimpsed almost all of them. What a team he’s got! It’s like a treadmill for a dangerous-looking mental exercise.
The turning point of the match was Junaid channeling his inner Shinwari to kept Wiese in the game. What was more ecstatic was the nonchalance of AB de Villiers on the free hit next up, a reverse ramp-sweep over the third man for a six. He’s called Mr.360° for some reason, I guess. Dan Christian kept it tight for AB de Villiers and many of fans started hoping for at least a super over. Bowler missed the blockhole by a little distance and Wiese raised his and many others’ arms.
This should go down as one of the best matches of PSL history. And the moment was the result of a Wiese and de Villiers special.
Fawad Rana got some nerves.