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Shaheen Afridi picks five as Lahore Qalandars finally manage to open their account

Kumar Sangakkara scored 45 runs for Multan Sultans
Kumar Sangakkara scored 45 runs for Multan Sultans

Lahore Qalandars 115-4 (McCullum35no) beat
Multan Sultans 114 (Afridi 5-4) by six wickets
20th game, Pakistan Super League, Dubai

Shaheen Afridi registered figures of 5 for four as Lahore Qalandars bowled out Multan Sultans for 114 runs and later chased down the score in the 19th over at Dubai International Stadium to register their first win of the Pakistan Super League in seven attempts.

Multan Sultans won the toss and decided to bat first. Kumar Sangakkara (45) hit a couple of boundaries in the second over to start the proceedings and he hit another six fours and a maximum to help Multan reached 54 for naught in the powerplay.

Sunil Narine (2-16) provided the breakthrough when Sangakkara was caught at long off as Lahore pulled back things a bit to keep Lahore down to 73 for one at the halfway mark.

The innings sunk further when Sohaib Maqsood (16) and Ahmed Shehzad (32) also departed by the 15th over and this is when Afridi (5-4) took total control of the end overs as he claimed five wickets to wrap up Multan for 114 in 19.4 overs.

Anton Devcich (22) with his nine-ball cameo gave a blistering start to the chase but Mohammad Irfan (1-20), Junaid Khan (0-19) and Imran Tahir (1-26) pulled back things and did not allow Lahore to get the runs easily.

Gulraiz Sadaf (27) was going at a strike-rate of 67.50 as the required run rate began to touch seven but Brendon McCullum (35 not out) and Sohail Akhtar (11 not out) played responsible innings to complete the chase with six wickets and eight deliveries to spare.

This is Lahore's first win in the tournament but they have already dropped out of contention for the play-offs while Multan continue to remain at the top.

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