The Islamabad United will face the Multan Sultans in the eighth game of the Pakistan Super League 2022. Islamabad United got off to a good start in the tournament, defeating the Peshawar Zalmi in their first match. Multan Sultans, the defending champions, are coming off a victory over the Quetta Gladiators.
Multan Sultans have looked fantastic with the bat, winning all three games they have played so far. Their batting appears to be in good shape, and the team will try to capitalise on the momentum. It will be interesting to see if Islamabad United can put a stop to their charge.
The game between the two teams will take place on February 1st, 2022 at National Stadium in Karachi.
Match Details to Note
Match: Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans, 8th Match, Pakistan Super League, 2022
Date: February 1, 2022 (Tuesday)
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: National Stadium, Karachi
Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans Team Previews
Shadab Khan’s team got off to a good start to the season with a 9-wicket win over Peshawar Zalmi. Their batting looked good, and the team would benefit from a similar performance from the players here. It would be a more difficult game against the Multan Sultans, and Khan would want his players to show character.
Alex Hales and Paul Stirling were outstanding in the previous game, and they will look to establish a good opening wicket stand here. The side would look for runs from Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Mubasir Khan, and Azam Khan in the middle order. Big-hitting will have to be done by Asif Ali and Shadab Khan near the end of the innings.
Hasan Ali and Faheem Ashraf have a lot of experience, and their abilities with the new ball will be put to the test in this game. Shadab Khan must lead the charge in the middle overs and perform admirably in the game alongside Marchant de Lange and Mohammad Wasim Jr. Mubasir Khan adds to the team’s bowling options.
Islamabad United Squad
Paul Stirling, Alex Hales, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Mubasir Khan, Azam Khan (wk), Shadab Khan (c), Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Hasan Ali, Marchant de Lange, Zahir Khan, Zafar Gohar, Muhammad Musa, Danish Aziz, Mohammad Huraira, Zeeshan Zameer, Muhammad Akhlaq, Athar Mahmood
Predicted XI: Shadab Khan (c), Alex Hales, Paul Stirling, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Mubasir Khan, Azam Khan (wk), Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Hasan Ali, Marchant de Lange
The defending champions are still going strong, and Mohammad Rizwan would be proud of his team’s efforts. They come in having won a high-scoring game against the Quetta Gladiators by a score of 6-runs. The team held its nerve in the final stages of the game to secure a victory. Rizwan would expect his players to put in similar efforts in this game to extend their lead on the points table.
Rizwan and Shan Masood have performed admirably at the top, and Masood enters this game with a match-winning knock. Sohaib Maqsood, Rilee Rossouw, and Tim David have all scored runs in the middle order, and the side expects a similar performance from them in this game. They have good hitters down the order in Khushdil Shah and David Willey.
Willey and Khusdil Shah combined for 6 wickets in the previous game, giving nothing away, and they will look to continue their good form here. Imran Khan and Shahnawaz Dhani leaked runs in the previous game, and better spells will be required from them. They have an experienced bowler in Imran Tahir, who will look to stop the run flow with Abbas Afridi.
Multan Sultans Squad
Shan Masood, Mohammad Rizwan (c & wk), Sohaib Maqsood, Rilee Rossouw, Tim David, Khushdil Shah, David Willey, Imran Khan, Shahnawaz Dahani, Imran Tahir, Ihsanullah, Anwar Ali, Johnson Charles, Rumman Raees, Odean Smith, Rovman Powell, Blessing Muzarabani, Dominic Drakes, Rizwan Hussain, Abbas Afridi, Asif Afridi, Aamer Azmat
Predicted XI: Mohammad Rizwan (c & wk), Shan Masood, Sohaib Maqsood, Rilee Rossouw, Tim David, Khushdil Shah, David Willey, Imran Khan, Shahnawaz Dahani, Imran Tahir, Abbas Afridi
Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans Toss Prediction
So far, seven games have been played here, and only once has a team won by batting first. The wicket is conducive to chasing, and we’ve seen big scores chased down successfully. Thus, in this game, the team that wins the toss will have no hesitation in bowling first.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
National Stadium Karachi is an excellent batting surface, with batsmen able to play the ball up with little bounce available to fast bowlers. Fast bowlers have struggled in the past at this venue because there isn’t much on the surface for them. Given the available turn, spinners have found success.
On February 1, there would be clear skies in Karachi. The surface would be flat and ideal for batting practise. Bowlers are expected to struggle in these conditions because the ball would come onto the bat nicely. To successfully defend this wicket, the team batting first would need to score 180 runs.
Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans Match Prediction
Islamabad United is off to a strong start in the tournament. Their batting has looked good, but their bowling attack lacks depth, and they lack bowlers for these conditions. Multan Sultans have looked in good shape in all areas of the game, putting them ahead of Islamabad United in this game.
Multan Sultans is the favourite to beat Islamabad United at the odds of 1.85.
- Multan Sultans have won all three games they have played and are in excellent form.
- Shan Masood and Mohammad Rizwan have combined for more than 300 runs in three games.
- Islamabad United’s bowling attack isn’t well suited to these conditions, so this will be a huge test for them.