Date: 23rd February
Time: 8 PM
Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
After a thrilling league stage match, Pakistan Super League has entered into the tournament's final stage, where the top four teams will battle to reach the finals and then the ultimate contest. Mighty Multan Sultans will lock horns with Peshawar Zalmi on Thursday (February 23) in the maiden qualifier of PSL 2022 at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Both the teams are coming on the back of comprehensive wins in their previous clashes. While Zalmi defeated Lahore Qalandars in a thrilling super over, Sultans emerged victorious against Islamabad United by 6-wickets.
Multan Sultan: 1st position with 18-points
Lahore Qalandars: 2nd position with 12-points
Multan Sultan: Shan Masood, Mohammad Rizwan (c & wk), Rilee Rossouw, Khushdil Shah, Tim David, Aamer Azmat, David Willey, Asif Afridi, Rumman Raees, Imran Tahir, Shahnawaz Dahani
Lahore Qalandars: Fakhar Zaman, Philip Salt (wk), Kamran Ghulam, Mohammad Hafeez, Harry Brook, Sohail Akhtar, David Wiese, Shaheen Afridi (c), Fawad Ahmed, Haris Rauf, Zaman Khan
The team sealed their place in the qualifier quite early, courtesy of their superb performance by winning 9 out of ten matches. The only defeat Multan suffered in the group stage was against the Qalandars in a match that saw both Shan Masood and Mohammad Rizwan fail with the bat, and the performance of both openers will be crucial to the outcome of this contest. Both the players must be included in fantasy teams as they are players of high-stake games. All-rounders like Tim David and David Willey should also be considered for providing valuable fantasy points. Amongst the bowling department, Asif Afridi and Tahir can add a feather to the fantasy team.
Shaheen Afridi-led side has been placed second in the points table due to their impressive net-run rate. After recording the same win-loss record as Peshawar Zalmi, Qalandars have the edge due to their better NRR. Lahore has been handed a massive blow as their star-spinner Rashid Khan has left the team to fulfil his international commitments. The team which takes pride in having the best bowling attack will have to play their best game. Players like skipper Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Fawad Ahmed will have a lot of responsibility on their shoulders, and these players must be in the fantasy squad. All-rounders like Hafeez and David Wiese should be trusted as well. Fakhar Zaman, Harry Brooks, wicket-keeper Philip Salt will be batters to watch in the game.
Wicketkeeper: Md Rizwan, Philip Salt
Batter: Fakhar Zaman, Harry Brooks, Tim Dav, Shan Masood, Rilee Rossouw,
All-rounder: Tim David, Md. Hafeez, David Wiese, Khushdil Shah
Bowler: Shaheen Afridi, Haris Raud, Imran Tahir
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