The final match of PSL 2023 will be played on Saturday, March 18 and once again Multan Sultans and Lahore Qalandars will be face to face. Last year’s final took place between these two teams, in which Lahore won.
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Lahore: Who will be the champion of the eighth season of Pakistan Super League (PSL 2023), it will be decided on Saturday 18 March. The decision between which two teams will be held in the final was taken on Friday, March 17. Pakistan’s superstar despite all efforts, wishes of millions of fans Babar Azam This time too he would not be able to win the title as his team Peshawar Zalmi got eliminated from the tournament after losing to Lahore Qalandars in a tough match. In the last eliminator match of the tournament, defending champions Lahore defeated Peshawar by 4 wickets to make it to their second consecutive final.
24 hours ago at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, Babar Azam snatched victory from the mouth of defeat against Islamabad United in the first eliminator match on the basis of an amazing innings and excellent captaincy. The win gave Peshawar a chance to qualify for the second eliminator, where a win would have put them through to the final but they faced Shaheen Shah Afridi-led Lahore, who were not only the defending champions, but also the best team of the tournament.
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More than 5 runs in an innings
The champion team showed why it won the title last year and why this time too it is a contender for the title and will go on to win the PSL trophy for the second time in a row. The 24-year-old batsman from Lahore played a big role in this, who had played only 8 T20 matches before this match. In response to the challenging target of 172 runs from Peshawar, Lahore opener Mirza Tahir Baig played a fighting and solid innings amidst falling wickets.
Right-handed batsman Baig scored 54 runs in 42 balls, which is the biggest score of his T20 career. Not only this, before this match, he could score only 52 runs even in the last 5 matches of the tournament.
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win with shaheen’s sixer
That is, Tahir’s bat went on the day when Lahore needed it the most. Not only Mirza Tahir Baig, but Sam Billings and Sikandar Raza also played important innings and took the team to victory. There was also a 50-run partnership between Baig and Billings. In the 19th over, captain Shaheen hit consecutive fours and sixes to take the team to the finals, where they will face Multan Sultans. Last year’s final was played between both the teams, in which Lahore won the title.
Harris shone, Babar could not show amazing
Earlier, Peshawar had scored 171 runs, in which the explosive innings of young batsman Mohammad Harris was the most special. Harris scored 85 runs in just 54 balls, which included 11 fours and 2 sixes. Harris shared an 89-run partnership with captain Babar. Babar Azam also scored 42 runs, but like the last 2-3 matches, this time he could not score fast. Not being able to score more runs in the last over was harmful for Peshawar.
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