Multan Sultans look to seal playoff berth, take on Peshawar Zalmi!
Multan Sultans to win this game!
League Leaders Multan Sultans will be looking to extend their lead at the top when they take on Peshawar Zalmi in the 27th match of 2020 Pakistan Super League at National Stadium on Friday.
With five wins out of eight matches played, Multan Sultans will be keen to seal their playoff spot in the tournament. Skipper Shan Masood and co. will be hoping that the side can maintain their standards with bat and ball in this contest.
On the other hand, Peshawar Zalmi will be keen to bring their A-game to the table in a bid to secure their place in the knockout stages. Skipper Wahab Riaz will feel that bowlers will need to make improvements in order for Peshawar to register their fifth win of the competition.
Multan Sultans will feel frustrated after their previous game against Quetta Gladiators was abandoned due to heavy rains. Despite game being called-off, Multan Sultans are still lying at the top of the league table with 11 points to their name.
For this clash, Sultans will be depending on Captain Shan Masood to lead from the front. Left-hander has accumulated 183 runs at an average of 30.50 with one half-century to his name. England T20 specialist James Vince put in a spectacular performance in the game played against Islamabad United. He smashed a quick-fire half-century to see Islamabad register a comfortable win. Rilee Rossouw, Moeen Ali and Khushdil Shah have put their hand and won matches for Multan in this year’s competition.
The experience of spin duo of Shahid Afridi and Imran Tahir has worked wonders for Multan in the middle stages of the innings. Former South African spinner Imran Tahir is currently leading wicket-taker with 10 scalps to his name. Bringing in Junaid Khan in place of Muhammad Irfan proved to be a good decision for the franchise. Left-arm quick has the ability to take wickets with the new and old ball.
Shan Masood (c), Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Ilyas, Zeeshan Ashraf (wk), Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Rilee Rossouw, James Vince, Imran Tahir, Moeen Ali, Junaid Khan.
Imran Tahir, S Tanvir, Ali Shafiq, RS Bopara, Shan Masood, Zeeshan Ashraf, Moeen Ali, Mohammad Irfan, Khushdil Shah, SMSK Afridi, Rohail Nazir
2017 PSL Champions will be looking to bring their A-game to the table in this final round-robin match in a bid to seal their place in the playoffs of the competition. In the previous fixture, the top-order trio of Kamran Akmal, Liam Livingstone and Tom Banton perished for low scores to see Peshawar Zalmi reeling at 24 for 3 after 3.2 overs.
Experienced Shoaib Malik showed once again that on a given day, he can match the likes of Kamran Akmal and Tom Banton as he notched up his third half-century of this year’s competition. He stitched a 116-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Haider Ali to power his side to a formidable score in their allotted 20 overs. He played well and finished the innings with a score of 62 runs off 43 balls with the help of seven fours and two sixes.
Rookie batsman Haider Ali has been a surprise package for Peshawar Zalmi in the fifth edition of PSL. Surprisingly, 19-year old was the standout player with the bat for Peshawar Zalmi and notched up his maiden PSL fifty against Lahore Qalandars. He smashed 69 runs off 43 balls with the help of four boundaries and three sixes.
The bowling though, apart from Wahab Riaz, remains a worry for Peshawar Zalmi. The new-ball pair of Hasan Ali and Rahat Ali leaked a lot of the runs in the initial Powerplay overs and failed to create enough pressure on Lahore Qalandars batting lineup. With flat batting conditions expected at Karachi, the bowlers will need to come with better plans to outfox Multan’s star-studded batting lineup.
Wahab Riaz (captain), Hasan Ali, Kamran Akmal (wk), Tom Banton, Haider Ali, Shoaib Malik, Liam Livingstone, Lewis Gregory, Carlos Brathwaite, , Yasir Shah, Rahat Ali
Aamir Khan, Hasan Ali, Umar Amin, Rahat Ali, Hammad Azam, Haider Ali, Adil Amin, Wahab Riaz, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Imam-ul-Haq
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The PSL matches at National Cricket Stadium in Karachi have witnessed high-scoring games and expect this one to be a run-fest as well. Sandstorms expected during the afternoon but skies will get clear in the evening.
National Stadium in Karachi is going to host the 27th match of PSL 2020 between Multan Sultans and Peshawar Zalmi. In the previous meeting between the two sides, Multan Sultans comfortably brushed aside Peshawar Zalmi by six wickets at Multan Stadium.
Given a sunny weather expected for Friday’s game, the side that wins the toss, would be keen to bat first and pile on the runs in the first innings.
Based on the current form, Multan Sultans will go in as favorites to win their game against Peshawar Zalmi. It has a collective effort from the batting unit for Multan Sultans. From Rilee Rossouw to Moeen Ali, everyone has delivered match-winning performances for the side this season. The bowling has not been far off as spinners have managed to dry up the runs and pick up wickets in the middle phase of the innings.
On the other hand, Peshawar Zalmi will need to execute their plans to perfection in order to upstage Multan Sultans.
Multan Sultans to win this game!