Оur prediction is Peshawar Zalmi will be favorites to win!
Multan Sultans will be desperate for a strong comeback against Peshawar Zalmi in the 14th game of Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Sharjah on Sunday.
Having lost their last two games, Multan will be keen to get back to winning ways in the competition. Shoaib Malik will be hoping that side can put in better effort with the ball in this game.
Peshawar Zalmi suffered a 12-run defeat at the hands of Islamabad United in the previous game played on Friday. Darren Sammy will rue the fact they should have won the game and will need to make amends for their mistakes made in the next game of the competition.
The franchise will be looking to make a strong comeback in this game after failing to defend a big total against Lahore Qalandars.
The big positive for Multan Sultans was opening pair of Umar Siddiq and James Vince producing runs with the bat in the previous game. The duo put on a 135-run partnership to see Multan Sultans get off to a terrific start to their innings.
Wicket-keeper batsman Umar Siddiq smashed a half-century in his first game for Multan. The star of the show for Multan Sultans was James Vince, who scored a scintillating 84 runs off 41 balls with the help of seven fours and six sixes. He was well supported by Umar Siddiq, who scored 53 off 38 balls with the help of four fours and two sixes.
The middle-order failed to produce runs in the previous game as Multan lost the momentum in the last five overs of the innings. Captain Shoaib Malik has been in good form for the side and is franchise’s leading run-scorer with 146 runs in 4 matches. Dan Christian also played a nice cameo at the end to help Multan post 200 runs on the board.
The bowling was a big letdown for the franchise as they could not defend such a big score. Apart from Mohammad Irfan and Junaid Khan, the rest of the bowling lineup leaked a lot of runs and had no answers to batting onslaught produced by AB De Villiers. Junaid was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets to his name in the previous game.
Umar Siddiq (wk), Shoaib Malik (c), James Vince, Laurie Evans, Hammad Azam, Dan Christian, Andre Russell, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Illyas, Shahid Afridi/Mohammad Irfan.
|U Siddiq Khan||53||38||4||2||139.47|
Christopher Green, James Vince, Mohammad Ilyas, Hammad Azam, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, SMSK Afridi, J Charles, Shoaib Malik, DT Christian, U Siddiq Khan
Darren Sammy and co. will need to make amends for their mistakes made in the previous game. The side should have won the previous game against Islamabad United. The batsmen made crucial mistakes at key moments to see them lose the game by 12 runs.
Kamran Akmal’s poor form continued in this game as he could only score 7 runs against Islamabad United. Peshawar will be hoping that he can put in a big performance after not doing much in the previous three games played in the competition. He has scored only 56 runs in 4 matches at an average of 14.00.
Imam-ul-Haq got off to decent start but gave his wicket away at a critical juncture to see Peshawar Zalmi lose their openers inside six overs.
Dawid Malan failed to produce a notable score in his first appearance for the franchise this season. The likes of Umar Amin and Liam Dawson have done well with the bat this season and contributed with crucial scores for Peshawar Zalmi.
All-rounder Kieron Pollard found form with the bat in the previous form. He produced a breathtaking innings to put pressure back on Islamabad bowlers. Pollard scored 51 off 22 balls with the help of three fours and five sixes. His innings certainly kept Peshawar’s hopes alive of winning the contest.
Skipper Darren Sammy and Wahab Riaz also chipped in with brisk cameos to see Peshawar Zalmi take the game down to the wire.
In the bowling department, Pace bowler Hasan Ali once again picked up wickets with new-ball. He is leading wicket-taker so far in this year’s competition with 11 wickets to his name.
Medium-pacer Sameen Gul also picked up three wickets in the game played against Islamabad United. Wahab Riaz and Umaid Asif have done an excellent job for the side in the later stages of the innings.
Darren Sammy (c), Umar Amin, Dawid Malan, Liam Dawson, Imam-ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal (wk), Kieron Pollard, Sameen Gul, Umaid Asif, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali.
Umaid Asif, Hasan Ali, Sameen Gul, Umar Amin, Imam-ul-Haq, Liam Dawson, Wahab Riaz, Kieron Pollard, DJG Sammy, Dawid Malan, Kamran Akmal
The pitch in Sharjah has been excellent so far in this year’s competition. The surface has provided something for the quick-bowlers. The weather forecast for the game on Sunday is going to be mostly sunny.
Sharjah Cricket Stadium has hosted four PSL games so far in this year’s competition. The average score batting first is around 160 runs.
The side that wins the toss might bat first and put runs on the board. Batting last in Sharjah might be difficult task it gets slower in the second half of the game.
Peshawar Zalmi will be favorites to win this game as they have a strong bowling attack in this year’s competition. The likes of Hasan Ali and Wahab Riaz have picked up wickets with the new-ball and will pose a serious threat to Multan Sultans in this contest.
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