Multan are the Sultans of PSL

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Mohammad Rizwan-led Multan Sultans on Thursday defeated Wahab Riaz’s Peshawar Zalmi in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 final by 47 runs to win their maiden PSL 2021 title.

Peshawar was third time unlucky, falling in the final for a third time alongside 2018 and 2019.

Sohaib Maqsood celebrated his Pakistan recall at 34 after five years with an unbeaten 65.

Maqsood played a key role in Multan’s turnaround in the tournament and, finished the league with a total of 428 runs.

The South African Rilee Rossouw supported him brilliantly by smashing 50 off 21 balls in Multan’s imposing total of 206-4.

The Maqsood-Rossouw partnership yielded 98 runs off only 44 balls.

For Peshawar, pacer Sameen Gul was the only effective bowler claiming 2-26.

Peshawar, which opted to chase after winning the toss, fought back with veteran Shoaib Malik’s 47 off 28 balls but was restricted to 159-9.

For Multan, leg-spinner Imran Tahir claimed his three wickets in his last over effectively turning the tables.

Also, Zimbabwe fast bowler Blessing Muzarabbani picked up the key wicket of power-hitter Hazratullah Zazai to take the sting out of Peshawar’s run chase.

Multan Sultans 206 for 4 (Maqsood 65*, Rossouw 50, Gul 2-26) beat Peshawar Zalmi 159/9 (Malik 48, Tahir 3-33) by 47 runs.