Plays of the Day as Multan Sultans downed Lahore Qalandars while Quetta Gladiators beat Karachi Kings.
Bizarre Review of the Day
There isn’t much you can criticize Mohammad Rizwan for. The Multan Sultans skipper is seen as one of the T20 superstars of the world following a stellar 2021, and he has carried on from where he left off last year, starting the PSL 7 with consecutive half-centuries. However, one could question his review-taking abilities following his howler on the first ball of the day.
David Willey started proceedings with a fairly full ball on the leg stump and, as he usually does, found a bit of late swing to strike Fakhar Zaman on the pads. David Willey let out a half-hearted appeal, more in hope rather than expectation, and was not surprised when the umpire didn’t raise his finger – with the ball clearly going down leg stump. Then, to the shock of commentators, fans, and Willey himself, Rizwan decided to send the appeal upstairs, only for replays to confirm what we all knew, that the ball was clearly missing the leg stump. Rizwan would also waste a review later on in the innings, and even the commentators couldn’t resist poking fun at him. Rizwan, being a good-natured character, naturally took it in his stride.
Catch of the Day
Imran Khan has had a fantastic time in T20 cricket recently, proving many people wrong with his bowling in white-ball cricket. He has won numerous titles with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and played an instrumental part in Multan Sultans’ victory in 2021. However, he had an off day today, leaking 54 runs, with Fakhar Zaman and David Wiese tearing into him in particular.
Thankfully, it wasn’t all doom and gloom for the veteran, as he took a sharp catch to end a special innings by Fakhar Zaman. The left-hander aimed to flick away a short delivery by Ihsanullah, and the innovation almost brought Zaman another boundary, only for Imran Khan, positioned at short fine leg, to take a stunning catch diving to his left. It is worth noting that Lahore Qalandars’ scoring rate dropped fairly significantly after he returned to the pavilion – had Zaman stayed there for a few more overs, the 2020 runners-up could have got a larger, and perhaps match-winning, total.
Crazy Shot of the Day
Shahnawaz Dahani didn’t have one of his better days with the ball today, and the ‘Larkana Express’ conceded a hat-trick of boundaries against Rashid Khan in the final over of the 1st innings. The Afghanistan superstar is known for his unique style of batting, and after he struck Dahani for a maximum over the point boundary, the right arm pacer delivered a low full toss. Rashid Khan dealt with the delivery with a simple flick of the wrist that saw the ball soar all the way to the leg-side stands.
Blockbuster Clash of the Day
Captain vs. captain. ICC Men’s Player of the Year vs. ICC Men’s T20I Cricketer of the Year. Shaheen Shah Afridi vs. Mohammad Rizwan was bound to be an eye-watering duel, and it did not disappoint. Rizwan won the initial contest, dealing with the express left-arm pacer with ease in the Powerplay. With the game getting away from Lahore Qalandars, new skipper Shaheen Afridi brought himself back on as the final throw of the dice.
Round 2 also initially went the way of Rizwan, as the wicket-keeper gave himself room and launched the left-armer over wide long-off. But Shaheen got his revenge the very next ball – with a full ball, Rizwan moved across his stumps, got down on knee but ultimately paid the price for trying to be too cute. He couldn’t get bat on ball, and the stumps were clattered.
Dirty Look of the Day
Not many Karachi Kings players have covered themselves in glory in what has been a dreadful start to the tournament. But new captain Babar Azam was not impressed by Mohammad Taha’s dismissal. With their backs against the wall, the 2020 champions were in desperate need of a partnership to somehow get them back in the game. But the emerging player was dismissed for just 6 when he aimed to dispatch Mohammad Nawaz down the ground, only to find the long-on fielder. The cameras panned to Babar Azam, who looked anything but impressed with the youngsters shot selection. It is unclear what exactly he said, but you can imagine it wasn’t a pleasant interaction.