Multan Sultans captain Mohammad Rizwan praised his bowlers after the side won the Pakistan Super League (PSL) for the first time on Thursday at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
The Sultans overcame four-time finalists Peshawar Zalmi by 47 runs, thanks to a late display from the hitters and equally strong support from their bowlers. Mohammad Rizwan, speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, praised his bowlers for their outstanding performance throughout the match, saying:
“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. 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. Our bowlers did well and deserve a lot of credit.”
What a journey for Shahnawaz Dahani, from playing barefoot in village to becoming the the best emerging player and the best bowler of PSL. More powers to him. pic.twitter.com/xGNWcyIOo6
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The Multan Sultans had a star-studded bowling attack, lead by Sohail Tanvir and Imran Tahir, who were both seasoned bowlers. However, it was the young Shahnawaz Dahani who stole the show, finishing the PSL 2021 with the most wickets.
A DREAM REALISED!
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Mohammad Rizwan said after the game that the team strived to remain calm in the face of adversity.
“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,” said Mohammad Rizwan.
Peshawar Zalmi captain Wahab Riaz, on the other hand, blamed their setback on allowing up too many runs in the dying overs. Zalmi gave up 99 runs in the final seven overs, which was the difference in the game.
Wahab Riaz admitted that Mohammad Rizwan’s team was the better team after the game, saying:
“Playing a final is a big deal. The way we’ve played throughout this tournament, I 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.
Wahab Riaz added:
“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.”