Lahore Qalandars failed to grab the opportunity to seal a final berth on their first try, losing to Multan Sultans in Qualifier 1 and now they get their second and final chance to do so.
The reason they lost was their batting failure. Apart from Fakhar Zaman (63 off 45), no Lahore batter did anything of note as they surrendered to a Shahnawaz Dahani-inspired Multan.
The Qalandars will find comfort in the fact that they beat United in both of their round robin fixtures. Their first win was a slim one and came against a full strength Islamabad side but the second one was a lopsided victory but by then Islamabad were depleted and a shell of their former self.
Islamabad got a timely boost for their Eliminator 1 match against Peshawar on Thursday and they made full use of that, with the Englishman playing a massive role in keep his team alive in the competition while knocking out Peshawar.
Hales’ 62 were crucial in a successful run chase of 170 as Islamabad’s rejuvenated batting spine got the job done after a Hasan Ali three-for had restricted Peshawar to 169.
Islamabad are the only PSL side that has won the tournament twice. Multan Sultans are firm favourites to match Islamabad’s feat this year. To stop that from happening, this will be Islamabad’s last chance.