Islamabad United eye a strong comeback against Multan Sultans!
Expect Multan Sultans to register a hard-fought win!
Islamabad United will be looking to get back to winning ways when they take on Multan Sultans in the 5th match of 2020 Pakistan Super League at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Saturday.
In their opening fixture, Islamabad United suffered three-wicket defeat at the hands of Quetta Gladiators. The bowlers will need to make significant improvements for the game against Multan Sultans.
On the other hand, Multan Sultans Captain Shan Masood will be hoping that the side can continue their good form in this game as well. Multan Sultans completed a comfortable win over Lahore Qalandars to go top of the league table.
Two-time PSL Champions will be looking to make changes to their playing XI for the second game. Skipper Shadab Khan will need to lead from the front with the ball. Leg-spinner’s form will be a cause of concern as he conceded a lot of runs in the game against Quetta Gladiators.
In the batting department, the onus will be on the likes of Luke Ronchi, Dawid Malan, and Colin Munro to deliver the bulk of the scoring. Opening batsman Colin Munro perished for a first-ball duck in the game played against Quetta Gladiators. Left-hander will be looking to find form with the bat and make a decent score in this contest.
Wicket-keeper Luke Ronchi played well and scored 23 runs off 13 balls with the help of four boundaries and one six. He led the fightback for Islamabad United and put on a 38-run partnership with Dawid Malan.
Dawid Malan was the standout performer with the bat for Islamabad United in the game played against Quetta Gladiators. The left-hander played exceedingly well and finished the innings with the top-score of 64 runs off 40 balls with the help of five fours and three sixes. Malan will be keen to continue his rich vein of form in the next couple of matches.
Hussain Talat, Asif Ali and Faheem Ashraf contributed with crucial scores to help Islamabad United post 168 runs in 19.1 overs.
In the bowling department, Mohammad Musa and Akif Javed delivered probing spells with the new-ball. Pacer Mohammad Musa was the standout bowler for the side and claimed three wickets in his four-over spell. Medium-pacer Amad Butt might make way for Zafar Gohar, who might be included in the playing XI for this game.
Shadab Khan (captain), Luke Ronchi (wk), Dawid Malan, Colin Ingram, Colin Munro, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Amad Butt/Zafar Gohar, Faheem Ashraf, Muhammad Musa, Akif Javed
Amad Butt, Luke Ronchi, Colin Munro, Musa Khan, Colin Ingram, Hussain Talat, Akif Javed, Asif Ali, Dawid Malan, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan
In their opening fixture, Multan Sultans registered a five-wicket win over Lahore Qalandars, courtesy splendid performances from Shan Masood, Rilee Rossouw and Moeen Ali. The side will not be making any changes for the game against Islamabad United.
In the batting department, Sultans will be banking on the likes of Shan Masood, James Vince and Rilee Rossouw to produce the bulk of the runs. Captain Shan Masood batted well against Lahore Qalandars and scored 38 off 29 balls with the help of four fours and one six. The left-hander played a crucial inning to help Multan get off to a decent start to the chase.
James Vince also chipped in with 18 runs off 11 balls with the help of two fours and one six, whereas Moeen Ali also scored 11 off 8 balls with the help of two boundaries.
Rilee Rossouw played well in his debut game for his new franchise and scored 32 runs off 28 balls to help Multan inch closer towards the target. All-rounder Shahid Afridi decided to finish the game quickly and smashed unbeaten 21 runs off 12 balls to see Multan Sultan complete the score in the 16th over.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Mohammad Irfan and Sohail Tanvir to provide breakthroughs with the new ball. Off-spinner Moeen Ali and Leg-spinner Imran Tahir bowled well against Lahore Qalandars and claimed two wickets apiece. Mohammad Ilyas also bowled well and finished with figures of 2 for 16 in his two overs.
Shan Masood (c), James Vince, Rilee Rossouw, Khushdil Shah, Moeen Ali, Shahid Afridi, Zeeshan Ashraf (wk), Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Ilyas, Imran Tahir, Mohammad Irfan
RR Rossouw, Mohammad Ilyas, Imran Tahir, S Tanvir, Shan Masood, Zeeshan Ashraf, Moeen Ali, Mohammad Irfan, Khushdil Shah, James Vince, SMSK Afridi
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|00h||11||0 mm.||1.47 k/h||From: N||0%|
|03h||14||0 mm.||1.81 k/h||From: NNW||0%|
|06h||22||0 mm.||2.64 k/h||From: N||0%|
|09h||25||0 mm.||2.82 k/h||From: N||0%|
|12h||23||0 mm.||1.95 k/h||From: N||0%|
|15h||17||0 mm.||1.35 k/h||From: NE||62%|
|18h||15||0 mm.||0.13 k/h||From: E||40%|
|21h||14||0 mm.||1.82 k/h||From: NNW||0%|
Traditionally, the wicket at Gadaffi Stadium favors the batsmen than the bowlers. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Saturday is going to be clear skies with light breeze.
Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore is going to host the fifth game of 2020 Pakistan Super League between Islamabad United and Multan Sultans. Multan Sultans will take heart from the fact that they won both their round-robin matches against Islamabad United last season.
Both the sides will be looking to win the toss and bat first on such a placid wicket. The bowlers will need to bowl well in order to get rewards on this surface.
Based on the current form, Multan Sultans will fancy their chances of beating Islamabad United in this game. Shan Masood-led unit has a stronger bowling attack at their disposal and will be keen to maintain their discipline in this contest.
Expect Multan Sultans to register a hard-fought win!