Junaid Khan became the first player of the Pakistan Super League's third edition to bag a hat trick of wickets as Multan Sultans rocked Lahore Qalandars by 43 runs for their second successive win on Friday night.
Junaid scalped the wickets of Yasir Shah, Cameron Delport and Raza Hasan in the 17th over as Lahore collapsed like a pack of cards losing seven wickets for four runs after threatening at one stage to overhaul Multan's total of 179.
Fakhar Zaman had kept Lahore in the chase with a quickfire 49 from 30 balls which included four sixes and a four. He and Umar Akmal almost gave Multan the scare but once they departed it was all over bar the shouting.
Once again it was the experienced hands of Kumar Sangakkara and Shoaib Malik that worked wonders for the Sultans.
The duo had played a crucial part in their win over Peshawar Zalmi on Thursday night. And, on Friday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Sangakkara came up with his second consecutive half century while Shoaib missed his by two runs. With Ahmed Shehzad contributing 38, the Sultans posted 179 for 5 which was the highest total of the four matches played so far.
Later, Junaid, Mohammad Irfan, Imran Tahir and Kieron Pollard worked in tandem to rattle Lahore.
Put into bat, Sangakkara and Ahmed Shehzad gave the Sultans a brisk start with an 88-run partnership.
Shehzad rushed to his 38 from 33 balls with five boundaries. Sohaib Maqsood followed him soon in the dressing room. It was now left to the two former captains of their respective countries -- Sri Lanka's Sangakkara and Pakistan's Shoaib Malik - to take the match head-on.
Used to such situations during their heyday the two looked cool and composed as they went about their task with precision.
Sangakkara was severe on Aamer Yameen pedal-scooping him twice over wicket-keeper Umar Akmal to reach his 50. At the other end Shoaib punished Sunil Narine and Shaheen Afridi.