Abbas restores pride for Sultans as Qalandars finish last


Multan Sultans ended their PSL 4 campaign with a seven-wicket win in National Stadium Karachi on Monday, as Lahore Qalandars finished last in the tournament once again.

Both teams were already out of the race for playoffs.

Sultans successfully chased a 141-run target by seven wickets with more than seven overs to spare, as Shan Masood top scored with 48 from 25 balls and Johnson Charles added an unbeaten 41 runs in the chase to the finish line.

David Weise and Haris Rauf took one wicket each.

Earlier, Sultans’ bowlers kept Qalandars batting in check to restrict the team to 140-8, after winning the toss and opting to bowl in a dead-rubber contest.

Fakhar Zaman top-scored for Qalandars with 53 off 36 balls, while David Wiese contributed 30 from 22 balls.

Mohammad Abbas took three wickets for 22 runs. Shahid Afridi bagged two for 18 runs.

Karachi Kings’ thrilling one-run win over Quetta Gladiators last night eliminated the Fakhar Zaman XI from the race to the playoffs. This is the fourth time in as many years that Lahore Qalandars have failed to make it to the playoffs. Multan Sultans were already eliminated earlier.

The ongoing tournament proved to be another disappointment for the Fawad Rana-owned Lahore, who despite sporting some of the biggest stars from around the world, including former South Africa captain AB de Villiers, could only manage three victories from their nine games so far.

Multan Sultans, who had a change of ownership prior to the fourth edition of the tournament, fared worse with only two wins out of their nine matches.

Top-ranked Quetta Gladiators, second-placed Peshawar Zalmi, defending champions Islamabad United and Karachi Kings are through to the playoffs.