Multan Sultans vs Islamabad United PSL 2021, 30th match
Multan Sultans will be looking to seal their place in the playoffs when they face Islamabad United in the 30th match of PSL.
Mohammad Rizwan-led unit have managed to win three matches on the bounce in this second phase of PSL. Multan Sultans will need to guard against complacency and deliver their best cricket in this final round-robin game.
On the other hand, Islamabad United might rest their key players ahead of the PSL playoffs. The team management will provide an opportunity for fringe players to showcase their talent with bat and ball.
Earlier this season, Islamabad United registered a hard-fought win over Multan Sultans, courtesy of excellent performances from Lewis Gregory and Mohammad Wasim.
With a comprehensive win over Quetta Gladiators, Multan Sultans have climbed to the fourth position in the league table. The franchise will have to win their final round-robin game to secure their place in the knockout stages of the Pakistan Super League.
In the batting department, the onus will be on the likes of Mohammad Rizwan, Shan Masood, and Sohaib Maqsood to deliver the bulk of the runs.
In the previous fixture, Shan Masood managed to find form with the bat and delivered match-winning innings of 73 runs off 42 balls. Besides Masood, Johnson Charles delivered quick-fire innings of 47 runs off 24 balls to help Multan post a competitive score on the board.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on Sohail Tanvir, Imran Khan, and Imran Tahir to make crucial breakthroughs in this final round-robin fixture.
Two-time PSL Champions have already sealed their place in the playoffs of the competition. The side might bring in new players to give them opportunities in this dead rubber.
For this game, Fawad Ahmed could in place of Mohammad Wasim Jr. for this final preliminary game of the competition.
In the batting department, the side will be relying on the in-form trio of Colin Munro, Iftikhar Ahmed, and Asif Ali to make notable contributions with the bat in this contest.
The likes of Colin Munro and Iftikhar Ahmed have done well for the side in the previous couple of games played in the tournament. It will be interesting to see how they fare against Multan Sultans in this final round-robin game of PSL 2021.
In the bowling department, the side will be depending on the likes of Fawad Ahmed, Hasan Ali, and Muhammad Musa to pick up wickets in this fixture.
With 11 wickets to his name, Hasan Ali is currently the franchise’s leading wicket-taker in the competition. He will be looking to maintain his impressive form in this final round-robin game.
The wicket prepared for the final preliminary game at Abu Dhabi will certainly favor the batsmen. The bowlers will have to show discipline in their lengths to get wickets on this surface. The weather forecast for Saturday’s game is going to be clear skies in the evening.
Given their head-to-head record in the Pakistan Super League, Islamabad United have registered four victories in comparison to Multan’s three victories.
Since 2020, Islamabad United have won two matches out of three played against Multan Sultans.
Leg-spinner Imran Tahir has shown tremendous consistency with the ball in hand for Multan Sultans. The team management will be hoping that Tahir can continue his excellent form against Islamabad United.
Based on current form, Multan Sultans will fancy their chances of beating Islamabad United in this fixture. With Shan Masood and Johnson Charles showing excellent form with the bat and bowlers put in a clinical bowling performance in the previous game, Multan Sultans have the firepower to upstage Islamabad United in this fixture.
Expect Multan Sultans to beat Islamabad United and seal their place in the PSL playoffs.