Quetta Gladiators’ last hope to keep hopes alive
Multan Sultans to win
Multan Sultans would be looking for their second win of the season as they take on the Quetta Gladiators in the 14th game of Pakistan Super League. The Multan Sultans had lost the previous game against the Karachi Kings narrowly and shall look to recover from it. The Quetta Gladiators went down by a huge margin in their last game against the Islamabad United.
Quetta Gladiators have lost all the four games they have played and the side has failed to play well as a unit. Their openers have struggled in all the games the side has played so far and this is something they will have to overcome here. Both the sides are evenly matched on most counts and this will make this contest an interesting one.
Four losses in a row and Sarfaraz Ahmed finds his side playing a catch-up game here in this tournament. They batted poorly once against the Islamabad United to lose the game by 6 wickets. This is a must-win game for the side and Sarfaraz will need to lead from the front and keep his side’s hopes alive for rest of the tournament.
Cameron Delport and Saim Ayub are failing at the top and this is causing problems for the side. They would be expected to do well in this game. Sarfaraz has personally enjoyed good form and needs to support from Faf du Plessis and Azam Khan in the middle order. With Ben Cutting and Mohammad Nawaz down the order the side has good batting strength.
Mohammad Nawaz and Naseem Shah will have to shine with the new ball for the side to win this game. Mohammad Hasnain and Dale Steyn impressed in the last game and a similar show would be expected from them here. Zahid Mahmood will have to offer good support for the side to win here.
Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Saim Ayub, Cameron Delport, Faf du Plessis, Azam Khan, Ben Cutting, Mohammad Nawaz, Dale Steyn, Zahid Mahmood, Mohammad Hasnain, Naseem Shah
Ben Cutting, Faf du Plessis, Azam Khan, Zahid Mahmood, Usman Khan, Mohammad Hasnain, Dale Steyn, Mohammad Nawaz, Saim Ayub, Sarfraz Ahmed, Qais Ahmad
Mohammad Rizwan’s side isn’t getting it right with the ball and after four games they have managed just one win. They lost to the Karachi Kings by 7 wickets in the last game failing to defend a score of 195 runs. With the Quetta Gladiators being in poor form the side would look to exploit this situation and earn its second win of the season.
Rizwan and Chris Lynn are batting well at the top and the side would be expecting a good start from them in this game. The middle order also looks in good shape for now with James Vince and Sohaib Maqsood scoring runs. They have good strength down the order with players like Rilee Rossouw, Khushdil Shah, Shahid Afridi and Carlos Brathwaite in the side as all these players can hit the ball hard.
It was poor show with the new ball that cost them the last game and the side would be looking for a better show from Shahnawaz Dhani and Sohail Khan in this game. Afridi and Brathwaite are experienced bowlers and the side would be looking for tighter spoells from them. Umar Qadir and Shah need to provide good support here.
Mohammad Rizwan (c & wk), Chris Lynn, James Vince, Rilee Rossouw, Sohaib Maqsood, Khushdil Shah, Shahid Afridi, Carlos Brathwaite, Sohail Khan, Usman Qadir, Shahnawaz Dhani
RR Rossouw, Sohail Khan, Carlos Brathwaite, Mohammad Rizwan, Shahnawaz Dhani, Imran Tahir, Khushdil Shah, Imran Khan, James Vince, Shan Masood, Sohaib Maqsood
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|06h||28||0 mm.||5.19 k/h||From: WNW||0%|
|09h||32||0 mm.||5.83 k/h||From: W||0%|
|12h||30||0 mm.||5.53 k/h||From: WSW||0%|
|15h||23||0 mm.||4.92 k/h||From: W||0%|
|18h||24||0 mm.||5.84 k/h||From: W||0%|
|21h||23||0 mm.||5 k/h||From: W||0%|
It will be clear skies over Karachi on March 03 are there is expectation of another high scoring encounter. The pitch is flat and this is allowing batsmen to play their strokes easily without any fear. The side that bats first in the game shall be eying a score of 200 runs to feel comfortable here.
National Stadium Karachi has one of the best batting surfaces in the world. It is a graveyard for the fast bowlers as there is not much for them and batsmen are able to play their strokes easily. Spinners who use their variations do well at this venue as there is turn on offer.
Twelve games have been played in this tournament so far and all the results have gone in favor of sides that have chased scores. The pitch has been a great one to bat and chase down scores. There should be no hesitation at the toss and the side winning it would definitely choose to bowl.
Quetta Gladiators are one loss away from losing all their hopes of making it to the next round. Nothing seems to be working for the side at the moment as they haven’t been able to execute their game plans well. Multan Sultans too have had their struggles but the batting line-up looks in good shape and this would make them favorites to win this game.
Multan Sultans to win