8.03.2020, 14:30 IST
Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium (Rawalpindi)
Multan Sultans Preview & FormFlying high after a solid start to their PSL campaign, the Multanis will have been brought to the ground with Friday’s narrow escape from a probable defeat. Nevertheless, they still have the muscle to resume their flight. Proteas Rilee Rossouw will be intent on undoing the damage a golden duck at home last week did to his average, and a bunch of other batsmen who failed will also want to prove their worth. Shahid Afridi, who smashed his way to a 17-ball 35 in typical fashion, will also be looking to reprise his role should his batting services be required, while most definitely serving with the ball.
Islamabad United Preview & FormSet to meet last year’s finalists Peshawar Zalmi the night before this afternoon match, one can safely say that the result of the former match will have either a positive or negative effect on the players of the capital side, not to mention fatigue. Although a regular occurrence in the PSL, playing two matches on back-to-back days is bad enough, let alone within 20 hours of each other. At least Colin Munro and Luke Ronchi should have the fitness and mental stamina required to pull off such a feat, but the question is, will relatively inexperienced local strike bowlers Faheem Ashraf and company?
Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans Prediction and Betting TipsMultan Sultans have looked hungry to get their second PSL title this season, and that hunger will have to reappear against their northern opponents. They managed to beat Islamabad United twice last season, but were beaten in the three other encounters in their last 5. Expect Rilee Rossouw to get his mojo back, with Moeen Ali also hitting hard, while the latter also does well with the ball in combination with South African spinner Imran Tahir.
After having flattened Multan at their home in their only loss of PSL 2020 earlier in the season - courtesy of openers Ronchi and Munro wrecking the bowling - Islamabad will be looking to repeat the feat at home. While they have a strong batting presence, their bowling will have to step up if they are to chase those elusive top-two spots in the league. Expect Munro, Ronchi, and David Malan to kick it up with the bat, while Faheem Ashraf and Amad Butt step up with the ball.
Who will win the 22nd Match?Match Prediction: Multan Sultans To Win (1.80 @ 1XBET)
Other Betting Tips:
- Toss - Multan Sultans
- IU top batsman – L Ronchi
- MS top batsman – R Rossouw
- Players with most boundaries - L Ronchi (IU), R Rossouw (MS)
- Players to score a fifty – L Ronchi/D Malan (IU), R Rossouw/M Ali (MS)
- Players to take most wickets - A Butt (IU), M Ilyas (MS)
- Most fours - MS
- Most sixes - MS
Can the Sultans resume their domination? Or will the capital side prove why they’re the only two-time champions? Find out on Sunday!