MS beat LQ. (Source: Twitter)

Multan Sultans defeated Lahore Qalandars in the Qualifier match of the PSL 2022 to go through the final. The Multan team defended a target of 164 runs after restricting Lahore to 135/9.

Mohammad Rizwan | Multan skipper: We were planning to keep wickets in hand, and credit goes to Rossouw and Azmat who did well. I wasn’t able to play as fluidly as I usually do but they did really well. At the break, I felt that 160-170 was a good score, a winning score. The bowlers did really well, especially the spinners first and then Dahani along with Willey did well. (On what changed after the last timeout) Well, we were relaxed in that break and I just told the boys that these are situations from which champion teams rise. And we’re a champion side. Wanted the boys to give it their all, and they did, which helped us win. I do get angry a few times but it goes unnoticed. I thought we summed up the conditions well. With just two down, we could have been disappointed not getting 200 but the conditions were such that 160-plus was a tricky score. The boys accepted that and did their best.

Shaheen Afridi | Lahore skipper: Credit to Multan for reaching the final. Rizwan captained well and rotated the bowlers well. Coming to the first half, I think we gave about 10 runs extra in those last four overs between me and Rauf. Overall, good cricket was played. Fakhar has improved a lot and we’re hoping he continues to keep performing for both our side and Pakistan.

Shahnawaz Dahani | Player of the Match: Really glad to reach the final. The pitch was playing different today, so the captain was confident of it (the total) being defended. He used the spinners early and knew that the pacers could get some reverse later on. There was good reverse on offer and it wasn’t coming onto the bat properly. Plan was to hit the hard length as it wasn’t easy to hit from there.