Man of the Match: Mohammad Abbas
Lahore Qalandars to Win the Match
Our prediction is Lahore Qalandars to win the match!
Multan Sultans will be looking to end their campaign on a positive note when they take on Lahore Qalandars in the 30th game of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Karachi on Monday.
Shoaib Malik and co. will be hoping that the side can deliver something special in the final game of the competition. It has been yet another disappointing season for the franchise, who failed to produce any sort of momentum in the year’s competition.
On the other hand, Lahore Qalandars suffered a 49-run defeat at the hands of Islamabad United. Qalandars will need to win this game in order to have any chance of qualifying for the playoffs of the competition.
The franchise suffered a comprehensive defeat at the hands of Islamabad United in the previous game played in Karachi. Qalandars will need to win their final at all costs in order to have an outside chance of qualifying for the playoffs of the competition.
Stand-in captain Fakhar Zaman lacked tactical acumen on the field as the side conceded 239 runs against Islamabad United. The franchise will need to make amends for their poor bowling performance against Islamabad.
In the batting department, the side is relying on the likes of Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail and Sohail Akhtar to do the bulk of the scoring. In the previous game, Zaman scored 38 off 20 balls with the help of four fours and three sixes. Akhtar also played well and produced a valiant effort with the bat. He scored 75 off 34 balls with the help of eight fours and five sixes.
Haris Sohail, Agha Salman and David Wiese perished for low scores in the previous game played against Islamabad United. The trio will need to contribute for the side in this final game of the one-day series.
In the bowling department, the side will need to make considerable improvements as Sandeep Lamichhane, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf conceded more than ten runs an over. The bowling attack will need to put in a disciplined performance in order to get a positive result out of their final game against Multan Sultans.
Fakhar Zaman (c), Riki Wessels (wk), Anton Devcich, Agha Salman, Haris Sohail, Sohail Akhtar, David Wiese, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Sandeep Lamichhane, Rahat Ali.
Riki Wessels, Sohail Akhtar, Sandeep Lamichhane, F Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hassan Khan, Shaheen Afridi, D Wiese, Haris Rauf, Asela Gunaratne, Saad Ali
The franchise is languishing at the bottom of the league table with 4 points to their name in 9 matches played in the competition. Captain Shoaib Malik will be determined to make sure that the side can end their campaign on a decent note.
In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Umar Siddiq, Johnson Charles and James Vince to do the bulk of the scoring. Umar Siddiq and Johnson Charles are aggressive players, who will enjoy the batting conditions in Karachi.
Shoaib Malik is the franchise’s leading run-scorer for the side with 266 runs in 9 matches at an average of 44.33. He needs to bat a little higher in order to help Multan post a competitive score on the board.
Vince has gone through a lean run in the last couple of matches and will be keen to do well in his final appearance for Multan Sultans. On the other hand, Hammad Azam and Dan Christian have also been inconsistent with the bat for the franchise this season.
On the bowling front, Pace duo of Mohammad Abbas and Mohammad Illyas bowled well and picked up five wickets between them in the game played against Karachi Kings. The likes of Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan and Nauman Ali have suffered from inconsistency with the ball.
Shoaib Malik (c), Shahid Afridi, James Vince, Umar Siddiq (wk), Johnson Charles, Dan Christian, Nauman Ali, Laurie Evans/Chris Green, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Illyas.
Shan Masood, Christopher Green, James Vince, Mohammad Ilyas, Mohammad Abbas, Junaid Khan, SMSK Afridi, J Charles, Shoaib Malik, DT Christian, U Siddiq Khan
The previous game saw plenty of runs scored at the venue. The bowler struggled to make an impact on the placid pitch. The weather conditions will be perfect as it going to be bright and sunny.
The venue certainly proved to be favorable for batsmen rather than bowlers. The previous game played at the venue was won by Islamabad United.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bat first and post a daunting score on the board. Multan Sultans will play their first game at the venue.
Lahore Qalandars will be favorites to take this contest as they have superior bowling lineup. Multan Sultans will need to produce their best effort with bat and ball to overcome Lahore Qalandars in this game.
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