Today (Saturday), the Pakistan Super League (PSL 8) will culminate with a thrilling final match between Multan Sultans and Lahore Qalandars at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Lahore is aiming to make history by becoming the first team to win back-to-back PSL titles, while Multan hopes to secure their second championship.
The home side will be led by pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi, while wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan will be in charge of Multan. Multan earned their spot in the final by defeating Lahore in the Qualifier, while Lahore overpowered Peshawar Zalmi to qualify for the championship match.
Before the title decider, let’s take a look at five important statistics that could play a crucial role in the outcome of the match. Firstly, Lahore and Multan have faced each other 16 times in the past, with both teams winning eight matches each. Secondly, Multan holds the record for the highest score in a match between the two teams, having scored 209-5 in 2022. Thirdly, Lahore has the record for their biggest win against Multan, winning their 2020 clash by nine wickets. Fourthly, Shaheen Afridi holds the record for the best bowling figures in a match between the two teams, claiming five wickets for just four runs in 2018. Lastly, the record for the highest score in a match between Lahore and Multan is held by Lahore’s Chris Lynn, who scored 113 runs in 55 balls in 2020.
Here are the squads for today’s final match:
Lahore Qalandars: Shaheen Shah Afridi (c), Fakhar Zaman, Rashid Khan, David Wiese, Hussain Talat, Haris Rauf, Abdullah Shafique, Sikandar Raza, Ahmad Daniyal, Dilbar Hussain, Kamran Ghulam, Mirza Tahir Baig, Shawaiz Irfan, Zaman Khan, Jalat Khan, Jordan Cox (wk), Ahsan Bhatti, Sam Billings (wk) and Shane Dadswell.
Multan Sultans: Mohammad Rizwan (c & wk), Johnson Charles, Shan Masood, Khushdil Shah, Rilee Rossouw, Akeal Hosain, Shahnawaz Dahani, Tim David, Usama Mir, Sameen Gul, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Sarwar, Usman Khan, Arafat Minhas, Ihsanullah, Abbas Afridi, Kieron Pollard, Ammad Butt, Mohammad Ilyas, IzharulHaq Naveed, Sheldon Cottrell, and Carlos Brathwaite.