Our Prediction is Islamabad United to win!
Reigning Champions will be looking to continue their good form when they face Multan Sultans in the 16th game of Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Dubai on Tuesday.
Islamabad United notched up their second win on the trot courtesy of splendid performances from Luke Ronchi, Faheem Ashraf and Samit Patel. The franchise seems to have found the right combination and will be looking to climb up the points table in the competition.
On the other hand, Multan Sultans have failed to make impact as unit in this year’s competition. The side has lost three games in a row and will need to better plans to turn their fortunes in the competition. Shoaib Malik will be hoping that side can produced their best game to end their losing streak.
The franchise delivered a clinical performance in their previous game against Karachi Kings played on Saturday. Mohammad Sami might just play this game given if he clears the fitness test. Leg-spinner Shadab Khan led the side well in the previous game against Karachi.
In the batting department, the side looks heavily reliant on wicket-keeper batsman Luke Ronchi to do the bulk of the scoring. He certainly produced a match-winning effort with the bat in the previous game against Karachi. Ronchi scored 67 off 35 balls with the help of eight fours and three sixes. He was well supported by Sahibzada Farhan, who chipped in with 30 off 28 balls with the help of four boundaries.
Cameron Delport and Hussain Talat have also put in crucial performances for the side in this year’s competition. Ian Bell might come in for Wayne Parnell, who did bowl much with the bat. Former England batsman scored a half-century in his only appearance for the franchise this season.
Samit Patel also scored a crucial innings for Islamabad in the previous game. He scored unbeaten 40 off 30 balls with the help of six fours and a six. Faheem Ashraf, Asif Ali and Wayne Parnell have contributed with runs for the side this season.
In the bowling department, medium pacer Faheem Ashraf was the pick of the bowlers for the franchise with three wickets to his name. He is also the leading wicket taker for the side so far this season with 7 wickets to his name. Rumman Raees, Mohammad Musa and Shadab Khan also produced excellent spells for Islamabad in the previous game.
Mohammad Sami, Shadab Khan, Samit Patel, Cameron Delport/Wayne Parnell, Ian Bell, Hussain Talat, Asif Ali, Mohammad Musa, Faheem Ashraf, Luke Ronchi, Sahibzada Farhan.
Luke Ronchi, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Wayne Parnell, Cameron Delport, Rumman Raees, Muhammad Musa, SR Patel, Sahibzada Farhan, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan
The franchise will be looking to turn things around after losing three games in a row in the competition. Skipper Shoaib Malik will need to lead from front and help Multan end their losing streak against Islamabad United.
James Vince could repeat his heroics with the bat and was dismissed for a first-ball duck in the game against Peshawar Zalmi. He will be looking to make a comeback in this game and produce big runs against Islamabad United. Vince has so far scored 112 runs in 3 matches at an average of 37.33.
Wicket-keeper Umar Siddiq scored run-a ball 20 runs to help Multan Sultans get off to decent start in their innings. Siddiq added 80 run with Johnson Charles to see rebuild the innings for Multan Sultans. Johnson Charles played a superb innings in the previous game against Peshawar Zalmi. He scored 53 off 34 balls with the help of four fours and three sixes. The likes of Shoaib Malik, Dan Christian and Shahid Afridi produced crucial runs in the previous game against Peshawar Zalmi.
In the bowling department, Junaid Khan and Dan Christian picked two wickets apiece in the previous game against Peshawar Zalmi. Chris Green and Shoaib Malik produced tidy spells without wickets to their name.
Umar Siddiq (wk), Shoaib Malik (c), Shahid Afridi, James Vince, Laurie Evans/Johnson Charles, Hammad Azam, Dan Christian, Andre Russell/Chris Green, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Illyas.
Nauman Ali, James Vince, Mohammad Ilyas, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, SMSK Afridi, J Charles, Laurie Evans, Shoaib Malik, DT Christian, U Siddiq Khan
The surface at Dubai has been excellent for batting. The spinners have got some assistance from the pitch. The weather forecast for the game on Tuesday will be mostly sunny.
Earlier this season, Multan Sultans managed to beat Islamabad United by five wickets. Islamabad have suffered defeat in their last two games played in Dubai this season.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bowl first. In this year’s competition, majority of the games have been won sides batting second.
Reigning Champions Islamabad United seems to be peaking at the right time in this year’s competition. The side has certainly found their right combination and managed to win two games in a row. Multan Sultans will need their raise their game in order to upstage Islamabad United in this contest.
Our Prediction is Islamabad United to win!
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