Multan Sultans will be gunning for a win and a place in the top two as they host Peshawar Zalmi with the Pakistan Super League bandwagon moving to Multan and Rawalpindi following the first round action in the megacities Karachi and Lahore.
As the PSL reaches Multan for the first time ever in its five seasons of existence, the Sultans would be keen to give their home fans a gift of victory. However, they face a daunting task against Peshawar Zalmi, who have won the PSL crown once and played two more finals.
Peshawar Zalmi have made it to the PSL final for the three consecutive seasons from 2017 to 2019 and won the title on their first appearance in the final. Multan Sultans, who entered the PSL in 2018, have ended up fifth on the previous two occasions.
But for the home advantage to Multan Sultans, the dice is slightly loaded in the visitors’ favour on reputation and past record. Both the teams have won one of their respective two games this season but the Peshawar outfit is placed better on the points table for their higher net run rate. The winner in today’s game will move up to the second place and a triumph with a massive margin may also place the Zalmis atop the table.
Peshawar Zalmi captain Darren Sammy, who has been offered the honorary citizenship of Pakistan, will be leading the team from the front with the bat and the ball. The team also has a good balance of youth and experience. All-rounder Shoaib Malik and wicket keeper-batsman Kamran Akmal bring experience to the table with Carlos Brathwaite, Kieron Pollard and Liam Dawson, and England batsmen Liam Livingstone, Tom Banton and Lewis Gregory being the other strong resources.
Multan Sultans, led by Shan Masood, have an old war horse Shahid Afridi in their ranks. Their international talent includes England allrounder Moeen Ali, batsmen Ravi Bopara, James Vince, Rilee Rossouw, off-spinner Wayne Madsen, and South Africa’s leg-spinner Imran Tahir. Tahir and Moeen despite being in the overseas category will be enjoying the ease of their home conditions as both happened to be the cricketers of the Pak origin.
Then there are Mohammad Irfan, Sohail Tanvir, Junaid Khan, Bilawal Bhatti, and spinners Usman Qadir and Zeeshan Ashraf, and young wicketkeeper-batsman Rohail Nazir.
The match, scheduled to start at 7:30 pm India time will be broadcast LIVE on DSport. The fans can also catch the LIVE streaming on the SportsTiger app.