Lahore Qalandars Vs Multan Sultans is the first qualifier in the ongoing Pakistan Super League. Multan Sultans come into this game in red-hot form. Two of their players are on the top-three run-getter list this season, and the batting is working well for them. The bowling has been just as good with Imran Tahir and Khushdil Shah in the top three.
The Lahore Qalandars are not far behind though. Fakhar Zaman is the leading run-getter this season, and the team has done well in the group stage. They may not have done as well as Sultans, who come in after winning nine games, but they still have been in decent form.
Match: Lahore Qalandars Vs Multan Sultans
Date: 23rd February 2022
Time: 8:00 PM IST
The evening for the Lahore Qalandars Vs Multan Sultans game is going to be cool with no rain. Dew may play a role due to the lower temperatures.
The Lahore surface has offered nice pace and bounce, and will be helpful for the batters. The wear on the surface may provide some turn, but the Lahore Qalandars Vs Multan Sultans game is likely to yield a lot of runs.
Shan Masood, Mohammad Rizwan, Rilee Rossouw, Khushdil Shah, Tim David, Sohaib Maqsood, David Willey, Asif Afridi, Rumman Raees, Imran Tahir, Shahnawaz Dahani
Fakhar Zaman, Phil Salt, Kamran Ghulam, Mohammad Hafeez, Harry Brook, Sohail Akhtar, David Wiese, Shaheen Afridi, Fawad Ahmed, Haris Rauf, Zaman Khan
Both sides are likely to go unchanged after enjoying strong runs in the group stage.
Bowlers are very important when it comes to winning tournaments. In a big game like the upcoming one, a bowler like Imran Tahir could play a key role. A strong spell from him, or even a good over could change the course of the match. He is an experienced player and knows how to handle pressure nicely, so a lot can be expected from Tahir.
Shaheen Shah Afridi
Like Tahir, Afridi is another player who can make a strong impact on the game. Bowling up front, a strong spell in the beginning could snatch the game from Sultans. His batting has also been useful as seen in the previous game, and Shaheen Shah Afridi comes in with a lot of expectations
The Multan Sultans dominated the league stage and have some wonderful run scorers. Their bowlers are also among the wickets, but the presence of impact players like Fakhar Zaman and Shaheen Shah Afridi may equalize the battle. With impact players on both sides picking a winner is tough. However, with a player as impactful as Shaheen Shah Afridi, the Lahore Qalandars may have a slight edge in this big contest.
Match Prediction: Lahore Qalandars will win the match.