Multan Sultans' Sheldon Cottrell (left) celebrates the wicket of Lahore Qalandars' Abdullah Shafique (not pictured) during their Pakistan Super League (PSL) match at the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore on Wednesday. AFP
The Pakistan Cricket Board went ahead with the qualifier at the Gaddafi Stadium after police had clashed with supporters of former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan outside his residence.
Pollard perfectly paced Multan’s total to 160-5 in the latter half of the innings with 57 off 34 balls that featured three of his six sixes struck in an over to Shaheen Shah Afridi (0-47) in the death overs.
Cottrell then cut through Lahore’s top-order with his left-arm swing bowling, claiming three wickets inside the powerplay, as Lahore failed to chase down for the fourth time this season and was bowled out for 76 in 14.3 overs.
Lahore gets another chance to go advance to Sunday’s final against Multan when it takes on the winner of Thursday’s elimination match between Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi.
Rashid Khan (1-18) and David Wiese (0-24) clamped down Multan with their impressive bowling as the Afghanistan legspinner erred in his length only once when Pollard smashed a big six over against him over wide mid-on.
Rashid clean bowled captain Mohammad Rizwan (33) with a perfect googly but the Multan skipper completed 500 runs for the third successive season.
Pollard cut loose in the last five overs against Lahore pace and added 65 runs with Tim David, who made an unbeaten 22. However, both batters got reprieve against some sloppy Lahore fielding with Sam Billings and Hussain Talat dropping sitters.
Haris Rauf (3-34) claimed two wickets in the last over when he first uprooted the off stump of Pollard and then Khushdil Shah was bowled first ball when he played the ball back onto his stumps.
Cottrell struck twice in his second over when he had Mirza Baig caught behind and then Abdullah Shafique played across the line to a straight delivery and fell leg before wicket without scoring.
Anwar Ali, who shared the new ball with Cottrell, then clean bowled Fakhar Zaman before Afridi, who surprisingly promoted himself to No. 5, holed out at covers off Cottrell’s full toss and Lahore limped to 4-28 inside the first five overs.
Sam Billings (19) was one of the three batters to reach double figures before Lahore, which topped at the end of league stage with 14 points from seven wins, was bundled out with more than five overs to spare.
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.
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.
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.
The 41-year-old scored a fighting 46-ball 69 to guide Qalandars to 180-5 after they won the toss and batted before a packed 30,000 Gaddafi stadium. Hafeez then chipped in with wickets of Mohammad Rizwan and Aamer Azmat to bowl the defending champions for 138 in 19.3 overs.
The committee directed the referees to allow any Muslim player to break the fast during the evening matches during the month of Ramadan.
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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.