Captain Shaheen Shah Afridi effected a run out at the bowler’s end as Multan’s Khushdil Shah tried to make a third run to force a super over.
Afridi took 4/51 after smashing a rapid unbeaten 44 to power Qalandars to 200/6 in their 20 overs before a packed 25,000 Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore and Sultans finished on 199/8.
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Qalandars had also defeated Sultans in last year’s final.
Shaheen conceded 34 runs in his opening two overs as Sultans raced to 101-1 in 10 overs, with Rilee Rossouw (52) and Mohammad Rizwan (34) adding 64 for the second wicket.
Rossouw smashed seven fours and two sixes off just 32 balls.
But Shaheen returned for his second spell to dismiss Kieron Pollard (19), Tim David (20), Anwar Ali (one) and Usama Mir (nought).
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With 35 needed in the last two overs, Shah and Abbas Afridi took 22 from Haris Rauf’s 19th over but failed to get 13 in the last.
Earlier, Qalandars were lifted by a rampaging Shaheen who clobbered a 15-ball 44 not out with five towering sixes and two fours, helping his team smash 85 runs in the last five overs.
Abdullah Shafique top-scored with a 40-ball 65.
“𝐴𝑎𝑘ℎ𝑟𝑖 𝑏𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑡𝑎𝑘 𝑙𝑎𝑟𝑟𝑎𝑦, ℎ𝑎𝑎𝑟 𝑛𝑎ℎ𝑖 𝑚𝑎𝑎𝑛𝑖”@iShaheenAfridi leads @lahoreqalandars to 🔙 to 🔙 HBLPSL titles 🏆🏆… https://t.co/j2oZneaCT6
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Shafique and Fakhar Zaman (39) took Qalandars to 95/1 after their team won the toss and batted and opener Mirza Baig hammered an 18-ball 30.
But once Zaman was dismissed, Qalandars lost four wickets in the space of 18 balls, slumping to 112/5.
Shaheen promoted himself to number seven and instantly made an impact, as he and Shafique hit 24 runs in the 17th over from pacer Ihsanullah.
Leg-spinner Usama Mir was the pick of Sultans’ bowlers with 3/24.
“𝑀𝑎𝑖𝑛 𝑏𝑎𝑎𝑡 ℎ𝑜𝑡𝑖 ℎ𝑎𝑖 𝑎𝑎𝑝𝑘𝑎 𝑘𝑎𝑝𝑡𝑎𝑎𝑛 𝑎𝑎𝑝𝑘𝑜 ℎ𝑜𝑠𝑙𝑎 𝑑𝑒𝑡𝑎 ℎ𝑎𝑖”Last-over specialist Zaman Khan shares how he held his coo… https://t.co/VWHWkamwpF
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(With agencies inputs)