Date: February 17, 2023
Time: 6:30 PM IST
Venue: Multan Cricket Stadium, Multan
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After losing a close game against Lahore Qalandars, Multan Sultans performed up to the reputation in their second game against Quetta Gladiators. Meanwhile, Peshawar Zalmi is coming into this game after clinching a high-scoring thriller against Karachi Kings. The Sultans vs Zalmi clash is expected to be a mouth-watering one as both teams will be eager to end on the right side of the game. Let’s take a look at the prediction of 5th match of the league.
The surface at Multan Cricket Stadium is known for being a batting paradise and the same was evident in the opening fixture. Both teams scored over 170 in that game, and we can expect yet another high-scoring game.
Right-arm pacer Ihsanullah is currently leading the bowlers’ chart with seven wickets in just two games. After picking two in the opener, Ihsanullah bagged a fifer in the second fixture. Meanwhile Md. Rizwan will a crucial factor for Sultans going forward as the quality batter will have to lead from the front.
Rilee Rossouw could be a major threat for Peshawar Zalmi as he gave a glimpse of his strength in the previous game. The 33-year-old smashed 78 off just 42 deliveries. Meanwhile, Babar Azam-led Peshawar Zalmi has just played one high-scoring game and somehow managed to win it by just 2 runs. Skipper Babar Azam (68 off 46) and Kohler-Cadmore (92 off 50) were two major takeaways for Zalmi. In terms of bowling, Wahab Riaz and James Neesham bagged two wickets each in the last game.
Probable playing XI:
Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Haris (wk), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Saim Ayub, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, James Neesham, Shakib Al Hasan, Wahab Riaz, Sufiyan Muqeem, Salman Irshad, Khurram Shahzad
Mohammad Rizwan (c & wk), Shan Masood, Rilee Rossouw, David Miller, Kieron Pollard, Khushdil Shah, Akeal Hosein, Usama Mir, Sameen Gul, Abbas Afridi, Ihsanullah
Although Multan Sultans lost their first game, they did remarkably well in the second fixture. As the game will be played at their home ground, we predict victory for Multan Sultans.
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