Courtesy of a terrific run chase against Peshawar Zalmi in the second eliminator of the competition, defending champions Lahore Qalandars once again qualified for the finals of the Pakistan Super League, which is slated to take place on March 18 at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Notably, they will be challenging Multan Sultans in the big match thus making it a repeat of last year’s final.
Coming to the Sultans, they absolutely decimated Lahore in the previous match, winning by 84 runs. Veteran all-rounder Kieron Pollard is in terrific form with the bat and will be a huge threat to the Shaheen Shah Afridi-led side as he is someone who can change the game in just a couple of overs. On the other hand, skipper Mohammad Rizwan too is playing some remarkable cricket and will pose a lot of threat in the final.
With the ball, Sheldon Cottrell picked up three wickets in the previous match, while Usama Mir picked up two. Young pacer Abbas Afridi meanwhile has been sensational so far and the Qalandars batters need to tackle him well as he has the ability to rupture any batting unit.
Meanwhile, despite being one of the most dominant teams in the league stage, Qalandars seemed to have lost their momentum at the moment. They were brilliant against Peshawar in the last match but there are many areas that the team needs to work on at the moment. Their middle order for example needs to improve as players like Sikandar Raza and David Wiese have a lot of experience but they are yet to prove their class with the bat. Even in the last match, opener Mirza Tahir Baig was the sole fighter with the bat while others contributed very little even though the team managed to get the win.
Coming to their bowlers, Shaheen Afridi and Rashid Khan started the season brilliantly but have lost the momentum in the middle. Haris Rauf however has been brilliant and will be key on the night of the finals while Afridi and Rashid’s experience will also come in handy.
MUL vs LAH Match Details:
Multan Sultans vs Lahore Qalandars, Final, Pakistan Super League 2023
Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
Date & Time: March 18, 07:30 PM IST
Telecast & Live Streaming: Sony Sports Network & SonyLiv
MUL vs LAH Pitch Report:
Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium has offered a batter-friendly pitch so far but there’s something for the bowlers as well. Now, since it’s a pressure game, teams may want to bat first but bowling first will be ideal in these conditions. Anything above 175 is a good score on this wicket.
MUL vs LAH Probable Playing XIs
Multan Sultans (MUL)
Mohammad Rizwan (wk/c), Usman Khan, Rilee Rossouw, Kieron Pollard, Tim David, Khushdil Shah, Anwar Ali, Usama Mir, Abbas Afridi, Sheldon Cottrell, Ihsanullah
Lahore Qalandars (LAH)
Mirza Tahir Baig, Fakhar Zaman, Abdullah Shafique, Sam Billings (wk), Ahsan Bhatti, Sikandar Raza, David Wiese, Rashid Khan, Shaheen Afridi (c), Haris Rauf, Zaman Khan
MUL vs LAH Probable Best Performers
Probable Best Batter
In order to plot a perfect act of revenge for last year’s defeat, skipper Mohammad Rizwan needs to step up and steal the show at Gaddafi Stadium. He has been terrific so far in the tournament, scoring 516 runs in 11 matches and with that, he currently is the second-leading run-scorer of the tournament. He has the potential to take the game away from the opposition and that’s what Multan Sultans will hope for on the night of the final.
Probable Best Bowler
Abbas Afridi is definitely the find of the tournament. In 10 matches so far, the 21-year-old has picked up 23 wickets and with that, he currently is the leading wicket-taker of the tournament. He is one of the reasons behind Multan’s success this season and thus, the team management is hopeful that the youngster can help them win their second title in history.
Today’s Match Prediction: Multan Sultans to win the match
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.
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