Multan Sultans vs Islamabad United: Islamabad United have already made their way through to the playoffs within the 2021 edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
Currently the table toppers with a net run rate of 0.945, they need won four matches during a row within the second leg of the tournament at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi .
Their next match is against the Mohammad Rizwan-led Multan Sultans within the second of Saturday’s doubleheader.
In their previous meeting, it had been the United, who came out trumps by three wickets at the National Stadium in Karachi. The Sultans also are in need of a win to qualify for the playoffs.
Match – Multan Sultans vs Islamabad United – 30th match
Venue – Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Time – 06:30 PM IST, 01:00 PM GMT
Where to watch live – Sony Sports Network, Sony LIV
Avg first innings score: 170 (13 matches in PSL 2021 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 5, Lost – 8, Tied – 0
Being the second match of the double header, the weather are going to be a touch less hot at 33 degrees Celsius. Humidity are going to be on the upper side at 80% while the wind speed are going to be 12km/h.
The dig in Abu Dhabi has been a superb one for batting. Thursday’s match between Peshawar and Islamabad saw both teams scoring over 200 runs.
Spinners have also gotten a good amount of assistance from the surface. Both teams have tasted success while batting first and therefore the same shouldn’t change even in their last league game.
Shan Masood, Mohammad Rizwan (C and WK), Sohaib Maqsood, Johnson Charles, Rilee Rossouw, Khushdil Shah, Sohail Tanvir, Blessing Muzarabani, Shahnawaz Dhani, Imran Khan, Imran Tahir
Usman Khawaja (C), Colin Munro, Asif Ali, Brandon King, Muhammad Akhlaq (wk), Iftikhar Ahmed, Hussain Talat, Hasan Ali, Zafar Gohar, Fawad Ahmed, Akif Javed
Played – 7 | Multan Sultans – 3 | Islamabad United– 4 | N/R – 0
Mohammad Rizwan — Multan Sultans
Mohammad Rizwan has been stupendous for the Sultans within the tournament. he’s one of the first reasons why Multan is ready to make a comeback within the tournament.
In eight matches, he has notched 429 runs at a mean and strike rate of 61.28 and 136.62 respectively. With four half-centuries to his name, the right-hander are going to be trying to find another decent knock.
Imran Tahir— Multan Sultans
Imran Tahir has been a troublesome customer to affect within the ongoing edition of the PSL. In four matches, he has managed to select up to seven wickets with best figures of three for seven. His economy rate of 6.42 is additionally the simplest among his teammates.
The veteran tweaker mostly operates within the middle overs and if he gets the measure of the conditions, the United might be certain some big trouble
Multan Sultans’ fantastic form continued in their most up-to-date match, beating Lahore Qalandars by 80 runs in another outstanding all-around performance by Mohammad Rizwan’s side.
Most impressive from a Multan perspective was their bowling unit, who combined to bowl out Lahore for just 89, with 22-year-old Shahnawaz Dhani recording incredible figures of 4 wickets for the loss of just five runs in 3.1 overs.
The Sultans aren’t expected to form any changes to their team, with victory against Islamabad expected to verify a second-placed finish within the group stage.
Islamabad United inherit this encounter off the rear of getting posted the very best batting total in Pakistan Super League history last outing vs Peshawar Zalmi, racking up 247/2 from 20 overs.
Such a monster total was secured largely thanks to an unbeaten 105 from 56 balls by Australian overseas opener Usman Khawaja, with the remainder of the batters making it to the crease hitting scores within the 40s.
The convert Peshawar ensured that Islamabad are confirmed as group stage winners and thereupon in mind, they’ll look to form changes during this match particularly within their bowling line-up.