Date: February 27
Time: 8 PM IST
Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
Preview: After two months and 33-matches, the 7th season of PSL 2022 is ready to have its champion. On Sunday (February 27), the match between Lahore Qalandars and Multan Sultans will deliver either a new champion as Lahore Qalandars or Multan Sultans will defend the title after being the most successful franchise of the season. Sultans had a terrific run in the tournament and comfortably sealed their final spot after winning a game against Lahore Qalandars in Qualifier 1. At the same time, Shaheen Afridi & Co. emerged victorious against Islamabad United in Qualifier 2 to reach the finals.
The pitch at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore has been batting-friendly. Bowlers won't have much room for error on the batting-friendly strip in Lahore. The team winning the toss may opt to bat first in crunch matches and put runs on the board after winning the toss.
Head to head:
Match Played: 12
Multan Sultan: 7
Lahore Qalandars: 5
Multan Sultan: The defending champions have been by far the most consistent side throughout the competition, winning ten of their 11 games played and also being the most successful team in the league stage. Skipper Md. Rizwan and Shan Masood have been terrific at the top of the order, and their matured innings can be vital in a game against Lahore. Both the batters have proved their authority while opening the innings for their side. Rilee Rossouw and Khushdil Shah have produced a few all-around performances to ensure crucial wins for their side, and some similar approaches will be needed from both in a high-stake game. Sultan's bowling unit did well against Lahore in Qualifier 1 by restricting them at 135 in 20 overs. Shahnawaz Dahani, David Willey and Imran Tahir will be key bowlers for the side and have to repeat their game as they did in their previous clash against the same side.
Lahore Qalandars: While some reports suggested that Rashid Khan could join Lahore Qalandars in the final game, the Afghan has reportedly denied the claim. Fakhar Zaman has emerged as one of the better players in this tournament player with his stellar performances. The team provides exceptional batting options at the top order; batters like Abdullah Shafique, Kamran Ghulam and Harry Brook have done well in the tournament. At the same time, David Wiese is an all-rounder to watch out for. The pace attack has posed formidable challenges to the opposition batters in the tournament. Shaheen Afridi's heroics is something every cricket fan will expect in the night of the summit clash, while Haris Rauf can prove to be lethal too.
Mohammad Rizwan (c & wk), Shan Masood, Aamer Azmat, Rilee Rossouw, Johnson Charles, Khushdil Shah, David Willey, Asif Afridi, Rumman Raees, Imran Tahir, Shahnawaz Dahani
Fakhar Zaman, Abdullah Shafique, Kamran Ghulam, Mohammad Hafeez, Philip Salt (wk), Harry Brook, David Wiese, Samit Patel, Shaheen Afridi (c), Haris Rauf, Zaman Khan
Conclusion: Although Multan Sultan had a terrific run in the tournament and defeated Lahore Qalandars in Qualifier 1, the Shaheen Afridi-led squad displayed exceptional performance in Eliminator 2. Lahore Qalandars will outplay Multan Sultans in the finals.
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