De Villiers lauds PSL 4 enjoys ‘special game of cricket’ with Qalandars

SHARJAH: Former skipper of South Africa’s cricket team AB de Villiers Friday made his presence felt at the fourth edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) with a Man of the Match performance against Multan Sultans at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

The Proteas superstar, who smashed an unbeaten 52 off 29 deliveries with three maximums and equal number of boundaries against Sultans, expressed delight over the ‘Special game of cricket’ and stated that he ‘enjoyed every second’ of the game.

After his star performance at Sharjha which was widely lauded by cricket lovers, Lahore Qalandars captain AB de Villiers tweeted: “Special game of cricket tonight in front of a packed Sharjah crowd, I enjoyed every second out there with the Lahore Qalandars , we fought for every inch. HBL PSL lighting up now, quality of cricket is from the top drawer!”

Lahore Qalandars pulled off a record 201-run chase on the very last ball of the innings courtesy aesthetically beautiful batting display by opener skipper AB De Villiers and David Wiese in the 10th game of PSL at the historic Sharjah Cricket Ground.

The tenth Twenty20 match in the fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) is one of the two matches scheduled for Friday. It will be played between Lahore Qalandars and Multan Sultans at 5-00 pm at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

It will be the fourth match in the event for the two teams as both have already played three matches each. Lahore Qalandars played all their three initial matches in Dubai; won one and lost two whereas, Multan Sultans played their first two matches in Dubai and the third in Sharjah.

After losing their first match by five wickets to Islamabad United on February 14, Lahore Qalandars emerged victorious by 22 runs against Karachi Kings on February 16 but they lost their third match to Peshawar Zalmi by seven wickets on February 17.

Multan Sultans also went through the same fate as they lost their first match to Karachi Kings by seven runs on February 15 and then recorded a five-wicket victory against Islamabad United on February 16, and later they were outclassed by the consistent winners, Quetta Gladiators by eight wickets on February 20 in Sharjah.

The highest totals so far by Multan Sultans is 176-9 (vs Karachi Kings) and by Lahore Qalandars 171-8 (vs Islamabad United).

Veteran cricketer Shoaib Malik, who is captaining Multan Sultans, has consistently been scoring runs and is the leading run-getter for his team and with 136 (ave 68.00) in three matches with two fifties. He is second among the four batsmen, who have so far scored 100 runs and above in PSL4. The highest scorer for Lahore Qalandars is Fakhar Zaman who has made 97 runs in three matches.

Pacer Rahat Ali of Lahore Qalandars is among the leading wicket takers of the PSL4, as he has so far captured eight wickets in three matches whereas his team mate and a sensational discovery in the event Haris Rauf bagged five wickets in three matches.

The leading bowlers for Multan Sultans are off-spinner Chris Green, leg-spinner Shahid Afridi and left-arm pacer Junaid Khan, who took three wickets each.

Squads

Lahore Qalandars: Fakhar Zaman, Sohail Akhtar, AB de Villiers, Anton Devcich, Brendan Taylor, Carlos Brathwaite, Yasir Shah, Rahat Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Agha Salman, Hardus Viljoen, Hassan Khan.

Multan Sultans: Shan Masood, James Vince, Tom Moores, Shoaib Malik, Laurie Evans, Andre Russell, Shahid Afridi, Hammad Azam, Daniel Christian, Ali Shafiq, Chris Green, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Steve Smith.

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