The Multan Sultans are 148-2 at the end of 17 overs after being invited to bat first by the Lahore Qalandars during their Pakistan Super League 2018 match in Dubai on Friday.
The Sultans made one change to the side that defeated Peshawar Zalmi in Thursday’s tournament opener, with Darren Bravo replacing Hardus Viljoen.
Ahmed Shehzad and Kumar Sangakkara opened the batting for the Sultans, whereas Raza Hasan and Aamer Yamin shared the new ball for the Qalandars.
Both Shehzad and Sangakkara looked in good touch earlier on, with the latter hitting Yamin for this maximum over extra cover.
Shehzad brought up the Sultans’ 50 in the 6th over.
Sangakkara showed the young Shaheen Afridi that he has plenty of learning to do in the game by pulling him for this brilliant six.
Shehzad also picked his shots, although his preferred route to reach the boundary was through the ground rather than aerial a la his partner.
The breakthrough the Qalandars so badly needed finally came on the first ball of the 11th over when Shehzad nicked a ball to the wicketkeeper.
Sohaib Maqsood misjudged a Yasir Shah googly and departed in the very next over. While Shah’s delivery was superb, the same cannot be said about his new celebration.
While Shah may have managed to fool Maqsood, he had little luck against new batter Shoaib Malik.
Sangakkara, meanwhile, brought up his second straight half-century of the young tournament in the 15th over.
Malik showed no mercy to PSL debutant Raza Hasan, dancing down the track for this maximum,
Sangakkara’s glittering 63-run innings finally came to an end in the 17th over when Mustafizur Rahman had him caught.
Lahore Qalandars: Brendon McCullum, Sunil Narine, Cameron Delport, Mustafizur Rahman, Fakhar Zaman, Sohail Akhtar, Aamer Yamin, Umar Akmal, Sunil Narine, Yasir Shah, Raza Hasan.
Multan Sultans: Shoaib Maik, Ahmed Shehzad, Sohaib Maqsood, Darren Bravo, Saif Badar, Sohail Tanvir, Kieron Pollard, Kumar Sangakkara, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Imran Tahir.