Multan Sultans will face off against Peshawar Zalmi in the final of the Pakistan Super League. Both teams have fought hard to reach this point in the tournament. Whichever team plays better cricket on the day eventually wins. It should be a hard-fought, high intensity contest between the two sides.
Multan Sultans have had an impressive campaign in the UAE leg of PSL 2021. After making many changes in the squad, they seem to be getting their combinations right and are playing some great live cricket. With Shan Masood, skipper Mohammad Rizwan and Sohaib Maqsood at the top to the likes of Riley Rossouw and Hetmyer in the middle, they can be a dangerous batting unit. Shahnawaz Dhani, Imran Tahir and Imran Khan promise a lot with the ball too.
Multan defeated Islamabad United in the first playoff game to become the first team to qualify for the PSL final 2021. Riding on a foundation laid by Maqsood (59), Jonathan Charles (41 off 21) and Khushdil Shah (42 off 22) put up a 180-run total before bowling Islamabad for 149. Sohail Tanvir’s (3/17) venomous spell was backed by Imran Tahir and Blessing Muzarabani.
Multan Sultans Predicted XI:
Shan Masood, Mohammad Rizwan (c & wk), Sohaib Maqsood, Rilee Rossouw, Johnson Charles, Khushdil Shah, Sohail Tanvir, Imran Tahir, Imran Khan, Blessing Muzarabani, Shahnawaz Dhani
Multan Sultans squad: Mohammad Rizwan (c), Hammad Azam, Imran Tahir, Imran Khan Snr, Johnson Charles, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Umar, Obed McCoy, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Rilee Rossouw, Shahid Afridi, Shahnawaz Dhani, Shan Masood, Shimron Hetmyer (partially available), Sohaib Maqsood, Sohaibullah, Sohail Khan, Sohail Tanvir, Usman Qadir, Muhammad Waseem, Blessing Muzarabani
Peshawar Zalmi tossed Islamabad United away in the Eliminator 2 to seal a spot in the final. Their confidence must be on cloud nine. Hazratullah Zazai (66 off 44) and Jonathan Wells (55 off 43) kept the innings on track for the most part of the game and then T20 veteran Shoaib Malik walked in to play a no mercy innings – 32 runs in 10 balls – to seal the match. Peshawar chased 175 runs with eight wickets and 19 balls to spare. Earlier, economic spells by Mohammad Irfan and Amad Butt prevented Islamabad to take a 200+ route.
Zalmi have qualified for their fourth final of the PSL and will be eyeing their second title on Thursday.
Peshawar Zalmi Predicted XI
Hazratullah Zazai, Kamran Akmal (wk), Jonathan Wells, Shoaib Malik, Rovman Powell, Sherfane Rutherford, Amad Butt, Wahab Riaz (c), Umaid Asif, Mohammad Imran, Mohammad Irfan
Peshawar Zalmi squad: Wahab Riaz (c), Shoaib Malik, David Miller, Kamran Akmal, Sherfane Rutherford, Haider Ali, Amad Butt, Umaid Asif, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Aamir Khan, Abrar Ahmed, Mohammad Imran Randhawa, Mohammad Imran, Waqar Salamkheil, Bismillah Khan, Fabian Allen, Fidel Edwards, Rovman Powell, Hazratullah Zazai
Peshawar Zalmi and Multan Sultans have faced each other 08 times in PSL. Zalmi has won 3 matches and Sultans have emerged victorious on 5 occasions.
Sheikh Zayed Stadium presents a dry pitch, which means spinners and batsmen will be looking forward to the contest. The first innings average score on the pitch is approximately 170 runs. Multan Sultans did finish the league well and also qualified for the playoffs early, but the scales tip towards Peshawar Zalmi. Wahab Riaz and company are in terrific form – batting and bowling-wise.
Date and Time:
June 24, 2021, 9:30 PM IST
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi