Shahnawaz Dahani celebrates after taking the wicket of Shaheen Shah Afridi (C); Sultans' players (R) celebrate after the dismissal of Abdullah Shafique (unseen) during the PSL match in Lahore on Wednesday. AFP
Sultans, who won the title in Abu Dhabi last year, rode a fiery 42-ball 65 not out by Rilee Rossouw and a steady undefeated 51-ball 53 by skipper Mohammad Rizwan to post 163-2 in their 20 overs.
For Qalandars, opener Fakhar Zaman knocked a 45-ball 63 studded with four sixes and two fours but no other batsman could supplement him as they managed 135-9.
A packed 30,000 Gaddafi stadium — mostly supporting the local Lahore team — was enthralled by Rossouw, who hit seven fours and a six.
Fast bowler Shahnawaz Dahani finished with 3-19 for Sultans.
Sultans had won nine of their ten first-round matches in the six-team league.
Twice champions Islamabad United face Peshawar Zalmi in the eliminator on Thursday. The winner of the eliminator will play Qalandars on Friday to decide who meets Sultan in Sunday's final.
Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators bowed out in the first round.
Left-handed Masood made 83 off 50 balls while Rizwan’s (69) sublime form in the T20s continued as he scored his second successive half-century in Multan’s record-breaking chase of 209-5 with two balls to spare.
The 21-year-old joined the Lahore Qalandars franchise in the third edition of the tournament and since then, he has been a standout performer. He is currently the leading wicket-taker for the franchise and overall the seventh-highest wicket-taker in the tournament's history.
Defending 12 in the last over, the 20-year-old Zaman gave away just three runs off the first four balls before hard-hitting batter Asif Ali holed out at long off for 15 off the fifth delivery as Islamabad finished at 166-5.
After being invited to bat, in-form Lahore Qalandars handed a 183-run target to unbeaten Multan Sultans, but the Mohammad Rizwan-led side could not live up to the situation as they were all out for 130 runs. The 20-year-old Zaman Khan claimed three wickets and gave away only 21 runs in 3.3 overs.
The committee directed the referees to allow any Muslim player to break the fast during the evening matches during the month of Ramadan.
Lions Led by Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan's breezy half-centuries Asian Lions scored an emphatic seven-wicket victory with 23 balls to spare.
The Team Games Co. in Hatta Sports Club organizes the championship, held annually during the Holy Month of Ramadan, with the support of Dubai Sports Council.