Our Prediction is Peshawar Zalmi to win the match!
Multan Sultans will take on Peshawar Zalmi in the 19th match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Dubai on Thursday.
Going into the match, Multan have 4 points to their name in 6 matches, whereas Zalmi have 6 points in 5 matches. In their last match, Multan Sultans produced a clinical bowling performance to beat Islamabad United by five wickets. Skipper Shoaib Malik will be hoping that side can continue their good form in this game as well.
On the other hand, Peshawar Zalmi will have chance to consolidate their position in the league table. Certainly, the side was able to produce a pitch-perfect display to move to second position in the points table.
The franchise produced a much improved effort with bat and ball to register their second win of the competition. Skipper Shoaib Malik made a strong comeback against Islamabad United and collected much need points to stay afloat in this year’s competition.
In the batting department, the side will be relying on in-form opening pair of Umar Siddiq and James Vince, who scored runs in the previous game. Wicket-keeper batsman Umar Siddiq scored 46 runs off 45 balls with the help of five fours and a six. He was well supported by James Vince, who chipped in with 28 off 17 balls with the help of five boundaries.
Johnson Charles failed to produce a notable score against Islamabad United. Sultans will be hoping that he find form in the next couple of matches. Shoaib Malik also much-needed innings for the side in the previous game played against Islamabad United. He scored 23 off 32 balls with the help of two fours.
Dan Christian also delivered an all-round performance for the side against Islamabad United. He picked up three wickets and then followed it with an unbeaten 16 runs off 9 balls to see Multan Sultans register a much-needed victory.
In the bowling department, new-ball pair of Mohammad Irfan and Mohammad Illyas made crucial breakthroughs for the side in the previous game. Nauman Ali also picked two wickets in the game played against Islamabad United. All-rounder Shahid Afridi also picked up key wicket of Samit Patel and Hussain Talat to see Multan take control of the game.
Shoaib Malik (c), Shahid Afridi, James Vince, Umar Siddiq (wk), Laurie Evans, Johnson Charles, Dan Christian, Nauman Ali, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Illyas.
Nauman Ali, James Vince, Mohammad Ilyas, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Tom Moores, SMSK Afridi, J Charles, Shoaib Malik, DT Christian, U Siddiq Khan
Darren Sammy and co. produced a perfect display with the bat and ball to beat Multan Sultans in the previous game played in the competition. Peshawar Zalmi will be keen to continue their winning momentum in this game.
In the batting department, the side will be relying on their in-form players Imam-ul-Haq, Dawid Malan and Kieron Pollard. Imam notched up his second half-century of this year’s competition and scored 56 off 44 balls with the help of five fours and a six. He certainly be looking to produce runs in this game.
Wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal woeful run of form continued as once again perished for low score in the game played against Multan. Peshawar Zalmi will be hoping Akmal find form with the bat as the franchise enters the business end of the competition. Liam Dawson has been consistent with the bat and scored 103 runs so far this season.
Dawid Malan also produced crucial runs for Peshawar after coming in at no.3 in the batting order. He scored 38 off 35 balls with the help of five boundaries. All-rounder Kieron Pollard once again produced fireworks with the bat and scored a brisk 25 runs to help Peshawar Zalmi registered their third win of the season.
In the bowling department, pace bowler Hasan Ali has been produced phenomenal performances with the new-ball this season. He is leading wicket-taker so far in this year’s competition with 15 wickets to his name. Wahab Riaz, Sameen Gul and Umaid Asif have also delivered crucial performances for the side in this year’s competition.
Darren Sammy (c), Kamran Akmal (wk), Kieron Pollard, Umar Amin, Dawid Malan, Liam Dawson, Imam-ul-Haq, Sameen Gul, Umaid Asif, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali.
Umaid Asif, Hasan Ali, Umar Amin, Imam-ul-Haq, Liam Dawson, Wahab Riaz, Kieron Pollard, DJG Sammy, Ibtisam Sheikh, ADS Fletcher , Kamran Akmal
The wicket prepared for this game will be decent for batting. The spinners will some assistance off the surface. The weather forecast for the game on Thursday is going to cloudy throughout the day.
The surface in Dubai looked on the slow side in the previous game. The spinners got more assistance in the second half of the game. Expect spinners to be leading role in this game.
The side that wins the toss would like to bowl first. In Dubai, majority of the games played this season have been won by sides batting second.
Peshawar Zalmi will be favorites to win this contest as they have strong bowling attack at their disposal. With the likes of Kieron Pollard and Dawid Malan finding form, Zalmi will hard to dislodge in this contest.
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