The 14th match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2019 will be played between Multan Sultans and Peshawar Zalmi at the Sharjah International Cricket Stadium.
Both times that Multan Sultans faced Peshawar Zalmi in the last season of the Pakistan Super League, they were successful in winning the matches.
After failing to go over the line against Lahore Qalandars in Friday’s freak encounter – by far the best match of this Pakistan Super League season, Multan Sultans will try their luck against Peshawar Zalmi in today’s first fixture in Sharjah.
Multan Sultans have had a disappointing run so far, with only one win out of four matches.
Peshawar Zalmi had a disappointing start to their PSL campaign but came from behind to win two back-to-back matches, only to lose their momentum to Islamabad United on Friday with a 12-run defeat.
Hasan Ali has been unstoppable with 11 wickets from four matches, earning him the Fazal Mahmood cap for the leading wicket-taker of this season so far.
The batting front has not been as intimidating, with Kamran Akmal not his usual destructive self and Imam-ul-Haq alternating between high and low scores.
Date: Sunday, February 24, 2019
Timing: 04:30 PM PKT
Weather: Weather is expected to be clear.
Conditions / Pitch Report: The Sharjah surface should suit the spin bowlers but there is enough in the balanced pitch for the batsmen and seamers too. The pitch has been decent enough for batting, especially in the second half of a game. and that can be comprehended from the results of the last few matches.
Head to Head:
Matches: 2 | Multan Sultans: 2 | Peshawar Zalmi: 0 | NR: 0
- Multan Sultans 183/3 beat Peshawar Zalmi 164/8
- Multan Sultans 152/3 beat Peshawar Zalmi 151/6
Multan Sultans: L L W W W (completed matches, most recent first)
Peshawar Zalmi: L W W L W
1. Multan Sultans
Multan Sultans seem to have found their opening combination in English batsman James Vince and local wicketkeeper-batsman Umar Siddiq. Both of them stitched a 135-run partnership the last time out and notched up half-centuries.
The team also has the power of Andre Russell and Laurie Evans in the middle order. Among the bowlers, Junaid Khan and Mohammad Irfan would lead the pack.
The experience of Junaid Khan and Mohammad Irfan makes their bowling attack looks pretty solid. To add to that, they have all-rounders like Shahid Afridi and Andre Russell, who can win games single-handedly for the side.
Shahid Afridi might make a come back today.
Multan Sultan’s Probable XI:
1. Shan Masood, 2. James Vince, 3. LJ Evans, 4. Shoaib Malik (c), 5. Andre Russell, 6. Shakeel Ansar (wk), 7. Shahid Afridi, 8. Daniel Christian, 9. Junaid Khan, 10. Nauman Ali, 11. Mohammad Irfan
2. Peshawar Zalmi
Peshawar will be captained by Sammy who will be playing the role of an all-rounder. Kamran Akmal should open the batting with Imam and also keep wickets.
Peshawar has a well-tuned pace attack, comprising of Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Umaid Asif and Sameen Gul who can run through the best of batting line-ups with their wicket taking ability as they did against Lahore in Dubai.
Hasan Ali, who ripped apart Kings’ batting line up with his 4 for 15 on Thursday, will be looking to demolish Sultans. He is currently the leading wicket-taker in this PSL with nine wickets from three games.
Peshawar Zalmi’s Probable XI:
1. Kamran Akmal, 2. Wayne Madsen, 3. Imam-ul-Haq, 4. Liam Dawson, 5. Kieron Pollard, 6. Darren Sammy, 7. Umar Amin, 8. Umaid Asif, 9. Hasan Ali, 10. Wahab Riaz, 11. Ibtisam Sheikh
Players to watch:
1. Kieron Pollard – Batsman, Peshawar Zalmi
Kieron Pollard is always a dangerous player when it comes to the shortest format of the game. One of the most powerful hitters of the ball, Pollard doesn’t need any time to adjust and can switch gears in an instant.
2. James Vince – Batsman, Multan Sultans
James Vince had a great campaign especially towards the later stages as he changed games with his knocks. Vince is capable of a huge knock that could have a big impact in the game and is Multan Sultans trump card.
3. Shoaib Malik – All-rounder, Multan Sultans
Multan Sultan’s skipper Shoaib Malik is a utility player. While there may be someone who steals the spotlight, Malik will be very consistent for Sultans. Malik reads the game very well and tunes his batting accordingly.