Eight times the Multan Sultans team and the Peshawar Zalmi team played against each other. The Multan Sultans team winning record is pretty strong, they got five victories. The Peshawar Zalmi team won three out of eight matches. The captain of the MS team Mohammad Rizwan is the second most runs scorer of the season by scoring 470 runs in eleven innings. Sohaib Maqsood scored 363 runs, he is standing right after his team captain in the top runs scorers list. From the PS team, Shoaib Malik is their top performer with 306 runs. SE Rutherford scored 258.
From the top bowlers of the season 2021 of PSL, Shahnawaz Dahani took 20 wickets and he is the leading wicket-taker of PSL 2021 so far. Imran Tahir, Imran Khan both took ten wickets each. From the PS team bowling department, Wahab Riaz took eighteen wickets, S Mahmood 12 and Mohammad Irfan 10. So both teams got brilliant bowlers but in the batting department, the Multan Sultans team looks very strong against the Peshawar Zalmi team batting line.
PZ won toss and will bowl first.
Multan Sultans team: 1 Mohammad Rizwan (capt, wk), 2 Shan Masood, 3 Sohaib Maqsood, 4 Johnson Charles, 5 Rilee Rossouw, 6 Khushdil Shah, 7 Sohail Tanvir, 8 Blessing Muzarabani, 9 Imran Khan, 10 Imran Tahir, 11 Shahnawaz Dahani.
Peshawar Zalmi team: 1 Kamran Akmal, 2 Hazratullah Zazai, 3 Jono Wells, 4 Shoaib Malik, 5 Rovman Powell, 6 Sherfane Rutherford, 7 Ahmad Butt, 8 Wahab Riaz, 9 Sameen Gul, 10 Mohammad Irfan, 11 Mohammad Imran.
MS vs PZ PSL Final Highlights today Thursday, 6-24-2021 – Final (N), Pakistan Super League from Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.
Rossouw: Thankful that it paid off today, and thankful to the team that I played tonight. I like to think that I switch on in big games. Need a bit of luck in this game and it came off today. All of the bowling has been phenomenal [and then his interview is interrupted by screaming team-mates]
Masood: It starts from the ownership. The model we have, the backroom staff we have.
Tahir: I’m just working on my six-pack, that’s why I sprint. I’m seeing my wife and child after a month-and-a-half, this is for them. My role is to come in and take wickets. But my first two overs I didn’t come in with that approach, with Malik in there, was trying to bowl dot balls. This is great, it’s been like a family for a month. I like to thank our owners when people didn’t have a belief in us, they showed faith.
Muzarabani: I’m really happy. It was really good, really tough cricket. You have to get it right against the guys who take you on, it was good, a good learning experience. Especially Andy it’s been really nice. No pressure, especially when I go for runs. He supports me and says just keep going, buddy. [Interview interrupted by Dahani calling Muzarabani his big brother]
Dahani: This was my first year – Multan Sultans showed faith in Dahani and Dahani repaid. Now we’re both PSL champions.
Azhar Mahmood: Dahani is always smiling, whether he’s been hit or now. The whole team lights up. It’s like we’ve found a new Shoaib Akhtar. This is just a start for him, we’ll work on his outswingers, on his inswinger. There are things I will write down in a report for the Pakistan bowling coach all the things he needs to work on.
Post Match Presentation.
Sohaib Maqsood is the Player of the Match, and he wins the best batter award. And he is also the Player of the Tournament!
Shahnawaz Dahani is the Emerging Player of the Tournament. And he wins the best bowler award.
Sohaib Maqsood: I got a lot of confidence over the domestic season. In the PSL I hadn’t established myself. But here the management showed faith and sent me up the order, particularly when I started batting No. 3, which helped turn things around. I’d taken a break from red-ball cricket for a year and worked on my skills. I was given responsibility as well, which helped. But it mostly came down to my form. I don’t want to do anything different – if I get a chance, I’ll play with the same kind of mindset and aggression. Credit to the captain and management here who said it doesn’t matter if I fail and that I should play my game.
Wahab Riaz: Playing a final is a big deal. The way we’ve played throughout this tournament, have to credit my team. But we didn’t play well today, they played much better than us. I think the decision to bowl first was fine – we’ve been saying from the start that we leak runs in the back end, and that’s why we bowled. But our collective efforts of our team have been great, particularly rushing back here for the second leg. Whether we’ve won or lost, we’ve done it as a team. No blame games. We’ve seen some good young bowlers in this tournament – guys like Dahani, Imran – should be given a lot of domestic experience so they get much better under pressure in the next few years.
Md. Rizwan: (winning captain and keeper of the Tournament) Credit to god, who took us from bottom to the top tonight. Credit to our managers as well, who’ve made it so comfortable for us during this second leg. Finals are pressure games – you can’t avoid that in the final. We discussed that and brought it down to two things – it would either be the pressure of batting first or batting second. So it began like that, the pressure of playing out the new ball, and then we took it from there. When you go for the win, you need to ignore the noise. With Maqsood we felt he wasn’t getting enough of a hit and then we decided to push him up and it’s paid off. And our bowlers have been fantastic throughout.