Pakistan Super League 2021 Match 28
Multan Sultans vs Lahore Qalandars – June 18th
Lahore Qalandars, have blown hot and cold in this PSL UAE leg. But they are still in control of the condition as far as their PSL playoff faiths are concerned. Although their bowlers have been on the mark so far, the Qalandars will want their experienced batters Mohammad Hafeez and Fakhar Zaman to step up with a conceivable place in the top-two on proposal.
Possible playing XI: Fakhar Zaman, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Ben Dunk, Tim David, Shaheen Afridi, Ahmed Daniyal, James Faulkner, Sohail Akhtar, Zeeshan Ashraf, Haris Rauf.
Multan Sultans are the side to beat in this UAE leg of their PSL fight with three victories in three matches. Riding on the feats of Mohammad Rizwan, the Sultans’ batting roster delivered the goods when called upon. Nevertheless, credit needs to be given to their ingenious bowling line-up that has muted opponents for runs in the middle overs. The responsibility will be on Shahnawaz Dhani and Imran Tahir once again as they look to secure a spot in the PSL top-four.
Possible playing XI: Mohammad Rizwan, Khushdil Shah, Sohaib Maqsood, Rilee Rossouw, Johnson Charles, Shahnawaz Dhani, Sohail Tanvir, Blessing Muzarabani, Shan Masood, Imran Khan, Imran Tahir.
The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:
The last few matches have witnessed some one-sided clashes. Peshawar Zalmi limited Karachi Kings to 108 while Multan Sultans bowled over Quetta Gladiators for 73. Nevertheless, Multan Sultans themselves crossed 180 batting first. Runs can still be recorded if batters apply themselves.
With this being a used wicket, runs may be hard to come by for the batters as the game proceeds. The bowlers should continue to get seam movement, extra swing and bounce early on, keeping the batters on their toes. While the batsmen will mark the square boundaries more, they will need to be cautious of the spin bowlers, who should get the ball to slide on under the lights. Wickets in hand will be vital for either team, with 165 being a challenging total at this ground. Both sides will look to chase upon winning the toss, given the dew factor in the second half of the match.
Multan Sultans have won three matches in a row and will be poised of performing well. Lahore Qalandars will be eager to get back on the winning ways, but won’t find it easy. Multan Sultans overpowered Lahore Qalandars by seven wickets the last time these two sides met.
However, Lahore Qalandars are marginal favorites entering into this game at the odds of 1.80 whereas Multan Sultans trail at the odds of 2.05. Owing to the kind of form the Sultans are in, these odds don’t matter to them. They can cause in upset in no time.