Lynn’s smashing ton help Lahore into Semis in PSL
Chris Lynn produced the best batting display of the season in a crunch encounter to help Lahore win by nine wickets and advance into their first semi-final in the history of the PSL. Lahore will face Karachi Kings in the semi-finals.
Lahore skipper, Sohail Akhtar won the toss and elected to field first. Lahore’s new-ball bowlers justified the decision as they dismissed Moeen Ali (1) and Zeeshan Ashraf (2) in the first two overs and reduced Multan to 4/2. But an excellent counter-attack from Shan Masood (42) and a fighting knock from Ravi Bopara (33) got Multan back on track with a 75-run partnership. Just when things started to look bright for Multan, they lost Masood and Bopara quickly and found themselves under pressure again.
At 90/4 in 13 overs, they were really struggling but a blistering inning from Khushdil Shah got them out of the hole and put them in a strong position. The 25-year-old, took his time to get his eye in and once he was set, he smacked it all around the park in his innings of 70 off 29 balls which included six sixes to power Sultans to a formidable score of 186.
Sultans had all the momentum after the end of the first innings but that quickly changed as Fakhar Zaman and Chris Lynn got Lahore Qalandars off to an absolutely rollicking start. None of the Sultans bowlers were spared as Zaman and Lynn matched each other shot for shot and added a staggering 72 runs in the first 6 overs. The table-toppers looked shell-shocked by this high-class hitting prowess by the Lahore openers and they lost a grip on the proceedings. They did manage to break the partnership as Usman Qadir got Fakhar Zaman stumped on 58 but by then, the 100-run stand has put Lahore in command. The skipper, Sohail Akhtar replaced Zaman and he just looked to rotate the strike as Lynn kept slamming the boundaries from the other end.
Usman Qadir’s economical spell of 1/24 kept Multan in the hunt till the last 5 overs as Lahore required 41 in the final 30 balls. Multan needed the wicket of Lynn at that stage to make a comeback into the match but that didn’t happen and Lahore soon sealed the game by smashing 11 runs in the 16th over and then 16 in the 17th over. Lahore required just 10 runs in the final two overs and Lynn completed the formality in style by smashing two maximums off two consecutive balls to take Lahore over the finishing line and into the semi-finals.