Man of the Match: Imran Tahir
Lahore and Multan in search of play-off spot!
Lahore Qalanders will win the match!
Every T20 game builds up towards the T20 World Cup later this year in Australia. PSL 2020 will also be viewed with more interest among the Pakistani people with more interest and players will have a chance to grab the attention of the selectors to get a national call-up.
Lahore Qalanders and Multan Sultans are the most underperforming teams in the PSL history with both teams failing to qualify for the playoffs so far. Both teams will look to start this season afresh and entry to the play-offs will be their first goal. And this year entire PSL is played in Pakistan and their crowd will be hugely delighted with this news.
Lahore Qalanders are led by experienced Pakistani player Sohail Akhtar who takes over the reins from Fakhar Zaman. Explosive Chris Lynn and Fakhar Zaman are expected to open the batting with Salman Butt coming in the No.3 position.
All-rounders Sohail Akhtar, Mohammed Hafeez, David Wiese, and Samit Patel will form the middle order of the batting line-up. Ben Dunk and Dane Vilas will fight out for the wicket keeper`s slot in the team. Lahore has a fearsome pace attack with the likes of Usman Shinwari, Shaheen Afridi, and Haris Rauf in their ranks. Seekuge Prasanna will be lead spinner in the team and will form a spin attack with likes of Hafeez and Samit Patel.
Chris Lynn – Lynn in one of the most destructive batsmen in the T20 format at the moment. He will look to light up the PSL with his hitting and knock the selector’s door ahead of the T20 World Cup in Australia.
Haris Rauf – Haris Rauf was very impressive in the Big bash this year and will look to continue his good form in the PSL too. He will look to enter the national team with his performance in the PSL.
Sohail Akhtar (c), Chris Lynn, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammed Hafeez, David Wiese, Ben Dunk/Dane Vilas (wk), Usman Shinwari, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Jaahidi Ali, Seekuge Prasanna
Usman Khan, Sohail Akhtar, D Wiese, F Zaman, Chris Lynn, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hafeez, Dilbar Hussain, DJ Vilas, Shaheen Afridi, Ben Dunk
Multan Sultans also have a change in captaincy with Shan Masood in charge of the team. Rilee Rossouw, James Vince, and Zeeshan Ashraf will form the core of the batting line-up and need to perform consistently with the bat. They have excellent depth with all-rounders like Bilawal Bhatti, Ravi Bopara, Moeen Ali, and Shahid Afridi in their squad. They have experienced bowlers such as Mohammed Irfan, Junaid Khan, and Sohail Tanvir with loads to T20s to their name. Mohammed Ilyas and Ali Shafiq are waiting in the ranks in the fast bowling department.
Moeen Ali – Moeen Ali comes here after a superb performance in their South Africa tour where he stared with the bat and was on the money with his bowling. Moeen is turning out to be an excellent all-rounder in the T20 matches.
Shahid Afridi – Shahid Afridi is one of the veterans of the Pakistan team and he is one of the iconic players. We can expect his experience will help to guide the team in tough situations and will be a huge boost to the team.
Shan Masood (c), Rohail Razir (wk), Rilee Rossouw, James Vince, Zeeshan Ashraf, Bilawal Bhatti, Moeen Ali, Shahid Afridi, Mohammed Irfan, Junaid Khan, Mohammed Iilyas
RR Rossouw, Mohammad Ilyas, Imran Tahir, S Tanvir, Shan Masood, Zeeshan Ashraf, Moeen Ali, Mohammad Irfan, Khushdil Shah, James Vince, SMSK Afridi
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||12||0 mm.||2.64 k/h||From: E||46%|
|03h||15||0 mm.||1.99 k/h||From: NE||31%|
|06h||22||0 mm.||3.66 k/h||From: E||15%|
|09h||25||0 mm.||2.29 k/h||From: SSE||14%|
|12h||22||0 mm.||1.85 k/h||From: ENE||40%|
|15h||17||0 mm.||1.42 k/h||From: ENE||0%|
|18h||16||0 mm.||2.43 k/h||From: ESE||0%|
|21h||14||0 mm.||2.28 k/h||From: ESE||0%|
Lahore has bright and sunny climate on the match day with very less chances of rain. We expect no weather interruptions whatsoever.
Gaddafi Stadium is one of the batsmen friendly pitches and we can expect high scores in the range of 160-180 runs in this match. Bowlers may find it difficult to control the batsmen on this track.
Teams batting first have 9-5 win-loss record at this venue and we can expect both teams to bat first if they win the toss.
Lahore has players who are currently active in the various T20 competitions in form of Lynn, Fakhar Zaman, Hafeez, Wiese, and Samit Patel alongside the young promising pacers Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf.
Multan relies heavily on foreign players like Moeen Ali, Bopara, James Vince and Rilee Rossouw. They have players who have past their prime in the form of Afridi, Mohammed Irfan, Sohail Tanvir, and Junaid Khan.
We expect Lahore Qalanders to win this match.
Lahore Qalanders will win the match!