Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans PSL 2021, Qualifier 1
Islamabad United and Multan Sultans will lock horns in the Qualifier game of the 2021 Pakistan Super League at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Islamabad United have shown incredible consistency with the bat and ball this season. The franchise claimed the top spot in the round-robin stages of the competition. Two-time PSL Champions will be keen to play their strongest combination for this knockout game.
On the other hand, Multan Sultans will have to bring their A-game to the table to overcome Islamabad United in this fixture. Captain Mohammad Rizwan will be hoping that the side can deliver a disciplined performance with bat and ball.
The franchise will be looking to extend their winning streak in this knockout game. The side is coming into the Qualifier game after registering five wins on the trot in the competition.
After resting their senior players for the final round-robin game, the franchise will be looking to select their best combination for the Qualifier game.
In the batting department, the side will be relying on the opening duo of Usman Khuwaja and Colin Munro to get the side off to a flying start.
Middle-order comprising of Shadab Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, and Asif Ali have delivered match-winning performances for Islamabad United in this second phase of PSL.
New Zealand opener Colin Munro has scored the most runs for Islamabad United with 241 runs at an average of 80.33, which includes two half-centuries to his name Beside Munro, Iftikhar Ahmed and Asif Ali have been in excellent form for United this season and accumulated 195 runs and 215 runs respectively.
In the bowling chart, United will be relying on the pace trio of Mohammad Wasim, Hasan Ali, and Akif Javed to make early inroads with the new ball.
Mohammad Rizwan-led unit four-match winning streak ended after their lost their previous final-round robin match against Islamabad United. The franchise finished second in the league table with five wins and five losses from ten matches played in the competition.
For Multan Sultans, the onus will be on the top-order of Shan Masood, Mohammad Rizwan, and Sohaib Maqsood to deliver the bulk of the runs.
Wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan is currently the franchise’s leading run-getter in the competition. With 470 runs to his name this season, Captain Mohammad Rizwan will be looking to lead from the front and deliver big innings in this knockout stage.
Besides Rizwan, left-hander Shan Masood has shown decent form in the previous couple of matches for Multan Sultans.
The franchise will be expecting more runs from the likes of Rilee Rossouw, Khushdil Shah, and Johnson Charles in this knockout game.
In the bowling department, the onus will be on the likes of Shahnawaz Dhani, Imran Tahir, and Imran Khan to deliver crucial breakthroughs in this contest.
Currently leading the bowling charts in the competition, Shahnawaz Dhani will be keen to continue his impressive form with the ball for Multan Sultans.
The wicket prepared for the game at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi will be excellent for batting. The bowlers will need to execute their plans well to get wickets in this contest. The weather forecast for Thursday’s game is going to be warm with no sign of rain.
Given their head-to-head record in the Pakistan Super League, Islamabad United have the upper hand with five victories to their name. On the other hand, Multan Sultans have come out on top only on three occasions.
Islamabad United will take heart from the fact that they won their last two games against Multan Sultans.
Despite his quick-fire innings against Islamabad United, Captain Mohammad Rizwan will be looking to lead from the front with the bat. Rizwan has shown the ability to produce big innings for the side this season. Given his stupendous form for Sultans this year; Rizwan will be looking to showcase his best with the bat against in-form Islamabad United.
Based on current form, Islamabad United will fancy their chances of beating Multan Sultans in this Qualifier 1 game
With the opening pair of Colin Munro and Usman Khuwaja firing on all cylinders and Hasan Ali setting the tone with the ball in hand, Islamabad United will be looking to maintain their winning record in this game.
Expect Islamabad United to beat Multan Sultans and qualify for PSL finals.