Fast bowler Multan Sultans Shahnawaz Dhani grabbed four wickets for five runs while Lahore Qalandars lost another 80-run run in the Pakistan Super League.
The fourth consecutive defeat while chased pushed last year’s finalist, Lahore, into a tight corner in the race to the playoffs.
Defending champions Karachi Kings could put Lahore at a better net rate if he beat Quetta Gladiators in the final league game on Saturday with the bottom spot. Despite fast bowler Shaheen Afridi’s excellent performance for 3 for 23, Multan managed to set up a strong total of 169 for 8.
Lahore stumbled at Dhani’s pace to be bowled out for 89 in 15.1 overs, losing his last seven wickets for just 41 runs. Sohaib Maqsood scored another brilliant 60 off 40 balls, but it was the small cameo of Twenty20 veteran Sohail Tanvir – 29 off 9 balls – that gave Multan’s total progress. Tanvir beat Haris Rauf in the last over with three fours and two sixes.
In response, Lahore lost his three most important batsmen in batting: Ben Dunk (5), Fakhar Zaman (13) and Mohammad Hafeez (14) all came in handy.
When Imran Tahir knocked down captain Sohail Akhtar (5) in the 10th over, Dhani returned to take three more wickets and finish the innings quickly.
Islamabad United, who face Multan in their last league game on Saturday, and Peshawar Zalmi have already qualified for the play-offs. Peshawar will definitely finish among the top four as he has a better net run rate than Lahore.