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Toss Winner - Islamabad United won the toss and chose to bowl first
Multan Sultans beat Islamabad United by 20 runs
Islamabad United’s challenge to halt Multan Sultan’s charge
Multan Sultans to win
Tournament: Pakistan Super League 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: National Stadium, Karachi, Pakistan | Toss: To BatBet Now
We are in for an interesting contest as the Islamabad United take on the Multan Sultans in the 8th game of the Pakistan Super League, 2022. The Islamabad United have made a good start to the tournament defeating the Peshawar Zalmi in their first game. Defending champions Multan Sultans come into this game with a win against the Quetta Gladiators.
Multan Sultans have looked in tremendous form with the bat and the side has won all the three games it has played so far. Their batting is looking in great shape and the side would look to make the best use of the momentum. It will be interesting to see if Islamabad United can halt its charge.
It was a good start to the season for Shadab Khan’s side as they registered a 9-wicket win against Peshawar Zalmi. Their batting looked good and the side would need a similar show from the players here. It would be a tougher contest against the Multan Sultans and Khan would want his players to show character in the game.
Alex Hales and Paul Stirling were brilliant in the last game and they would look to set up a good opening wicket stand here. In the middle order, the side would look for runs from Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Mubasir Khan, and Azam Khan. Asif Ali and Shadab Khan shall have to do the big-hitting towards the end of the innings.
Hasan Ali and Faheem Ashraf have lots of experience and their skills would with the new ball shall be put to test in this game. Shadab Khan has to lead the charge in the middle overs and do well in the game with Marchant de Lange and Mohammad Wasim jr. Mubasir Khan adds to the bowling options for the side.
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
Alex Hales, Hasan Ali, Marchant de Lange, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Paul Stirling, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Azam Khan, Shadab Khan, Mubasir Khan , Rahmanullah Gurbaz
The defending champions are going strong, and Mohammad Rizwan would be proud of the efforts of his side. They come here with a 6-run win against the Quetta Gladiators in a high-scoring game. The side held onto its nerves in the final stages of the game to register a win. Rizwan would expect similar efforts from his players in this game to increase their lead on the points table
Rizwan and Shan Masood have done well at the top and Masood come into this game with a match-winning knock. In the middle order Sohaib Maqsood, Rilee Rossouw, and Tim David have scored runs and the side would expect a similar show from them in this game. Down the order, they have good hitters of the ball in Khushdil Shah and David Willey.
Willey and Khusdil Shah shared 6 wickets between them in the last game giving nothing away and they would look to ride the form here. Shahnawaz Dhani and Imran Khan leaked runs in the last game and better spells would be needed from them. In Imran Tahir, they have an experienced bowler and he would look to stop the flow of runs with Abbas Afridi.
Mohammad Rizwan (c & wk), Shan Masood, Sohaib Maqsood, Rilee Rossouw, Tim David, Khushdil Shah, David Willey, Imran Khan, Shahnawaz Dahani, Imran Tahir, Abbas Afridi
RR Rossouw, Imran Tahir, Rumman Raees, Shan Masood, Khushdil Shah, Abbas Afridi, Tim David, Mohammad Rizwan, David Willey, Sohaib Maqsood, Anwar Ali
It would be clear skies over in Karachi on February 1. The surface would be flat and perfect for batting. The ball would come onto the bat nicely and bowlers are expected to struggle in these conditions. The side batting first would need to make 180 runs on this wicket to defend it successfully.
National Stadium Karachi is a great surface to bat on and batsmen can play the ball on the up with not much bounce available to the fast bowlers. Fast bowlers have struggled here at this venue in the past as there is hardly anything on the surface for them. Spinners have enjoyed success given the turn that is on offer.
Seven games have been played here so far and only once has a side won the game batting first. The wicket is good for chasing and we have seen big scores chased successfully. Thus the side winning the toss would have no hesitation in bowling first in this game.
Islamabad United have made a good start to the tournament. Their batting has looked good but there is a lack of depth in the bowling attack and they don’t have bowlers for these conditions. The Multan Sultans have looked in good shape in all departments of the game and this would put them ahead of Islamabad United in this game.
Multan Sultans to win
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