Veteran spinner Imran Tahir starred for the Multan Sultans as they demolished the Quetta Gladiators by nine wickets in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) on Saturday at Sharjah.
The Gladiators were 101 for five and were on their way to post a competitive total but Imran Tahir's majestic spell made them lose their last five wickets off seven balls for just one run.
The South African leggie claimed a hat-trick that helped wipe off Quetta's tail in a flash. This was the the third time that a hattrick was taken in PSL history and it made Tahir leapfrog others to the top of the wicket-taking charts. The 38-year-old leg spinner has 10 wickets in five matches at an economy rate of 7.28.
Quetta Gladiators got off to a solid start which was headed Australian veteran Shane Watson with his flashy bouncers. Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed kept it steady at one end but wickets kept falling at the other end. At 69 for four, Quetta found themselves in a massive trouble but a 23-run partnership between Sarfraz and Bangladesh's Mahmudullah managed to steady their innings. But that lasted only for a while, after Mahmudullah's departure the floodgates opened and Tahir started to wave his magic wand.
Tahir after his spectacular performance stated, "To be honest with you, I don't know what happened. Sarfraz was playing well, so I was just making some plans. As a team, we really played well. The wicket wasn't assisting spin. I've always believed in variations. It worked for me and the team. I've been asked these questions before (celebration). It's just passion, and I don't take things for granted. This performance is for my wife and son, who have come all the way here to watch me,"