The two teams will clash for the fourth time this season, with Lahore Qalandars leading the head-to-head 2-1.
Lahore Qalandars, the home side, is gearing up to battle Multan Sultans in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) Season 8 final at Gaddafi Stadium this Saturday. The highly anticipated match was originally set for Sunday but had to be rescheduled due to predicted rain in Lahore and other cities.
In this season’s edition, the two finalists will meet for the fourth time. Lahore Qalandars have emerged victorious in two of their previous three encounters, while Multan Sultans managed to defeat them in their most recent match, the Qualifier, which took place on Wednesday.
Lahore Qalandars, captained by Shaheen Shah Afridi, clinched the PSL 7 title last year by defeating Mohammad Rizwan’s Multan Sultans. Yesterday, the Qalandars successfully chased a target for the first time this season, thanks to Mirza Tahir Baig’s 54 off 42 balls, and crucial contributions from Sam Billings (28 off 21) and Sikandar Raza (23 off 14). This effort allowed the defending champions to secure their spot in the final by overcoming Peshawar Zalmi’s target of 172, with four wickets and seven balls to spare, in Friday night’s Eliminator 2 at Gaddafi Stadium.
Meanwhile, on March 15, the Multan Sultans qualified for their third consecutive PSL final after a convincing 84-run victory over Lahore Qalandars. Kieron Pollard’s late surge pushed the Sultans to a total of 160 for five, while Sheldron Cottrell’s fiery opening spell disrupted the Qalandars’ run chase. Lahore Qalandars were bowled out for a mere 76 runs in just 14.3 overs, marking the lowest-ever PSL total recorded on Pakistani soil.
As the two teams prepare for their final face-off at Gaddafi Stadium, excitement is building for what promises to be a thrilling and competitive match between the Lahore Qalandars and Multan Sultans.
Multan Sultans Squad:
Mohammad Rizwan (c), David Miller, Josh Little, Khushdil Shah, Rilee Rossouw, Shan Masood, Akeal Hosein, Shahnawaz Dahani, Tim David, Anwar Ali, Sameen Gul, Sarwar Afridi, Usama Mir, Usman Khan, Abbas Afridi, Ihsanullah, Adil Rashid and Arafat Minhas.
Lahore Qalandars Squad:
Shaheen Shah Afridi (c), Fakhar Zaman, Rashid Khan, Dawid Wiese, Hussain Talat, Haris Rauf, Abdullah Shafique, Liam Dawson, Sikander Raza, Ahmad Daniyal, Dilbar Hussain, Harry Brook, Kamran Ghulam, Mirza Tahir Baig, Shawaiz Irfan, Zaman Khan. Jalat Khan and Jordan Cox