KARACHI: Multan Sultans defeat Peshawar Zalmi by 47 runs in the final to clinch their maiden HBL Pakistan Super League. Multan Sultans defeat Peshawar Zalmi and crown at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.The half-centuries from Sohaib Maqsood and Rilee Rossouw make the big target of 206-4 which help multans in the final.Multan players were clearly overjoyed since it became a virtual one-way street for Mohammad Rizwan’s men, while Peshawar limped to their third consecutive defeat in a final — the 2017 champions were humbled by Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators in 2018 and 2019, respectively.Imran Tahir, a shrewd former South African spinner, put the last nail in Peshawar’s coffin by scooping up three wickets in his final over to end with 3-33. The only glimmer of a fight came from Shoaib Malik, who fought alone and struck 48 off 28 balls (three sixes and three fours). He and Rovman Powell shared the only significant partnership of the innings (66 in 30 balls) (23).
Also in the bowling Muzarabani was clever enough to change his pace and was cut by Zazai towards Shan Masood at short point.
Multan put up a dazzling display of power-hitting and delicate touches via Sohaib and Rossouw to easily surpass the magical 200 mark. Multan’s furious hitting dropped 116 runs from the final eight overs, due to blistering strokes from Sohaib and Rossouw’s third-wicket partnership of 98 in just 44 balls.
Multan, who were in fifth place when the Karachi leg was postponed in March, advanced to the final by winning five of six matches in the Abu Dhabi leg, whereas Peshawar had a rocky start, losing twice.