Date: 23 February, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: National Stadium, Karachi
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Peshawar Zalmi will lock horns with Multan Sultans in Match No. 5 of the sixth edition of Pakistan T20 League. Both the sides started off their 2021 campaigns with a defeat in their season openers. While the Zalmi were blown away by the Lahore Qalandars, Sultans could not get past Islamabad United. Both Zalmi and Sultans will come out all guns blazing to get their season up and running on Tuesday.
Peshawar Zalmi had a really disappointing start to their season against the Lahore Qalandars. Batting first, none of their star players got going as they could manage to put up a below average score of 140 on board. Ravi Bopara (50 off 44) was the only positive for the Zalmi side in what was a dismal batting display. Defending the total, captain Wahab Riaz (2/30) and Saqib Mahmood (2/22) did put up a fight but it was just a task too much as Qalandars went on to secure a comfortable 4-wicket victory. The experienced players like Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik will need to step up for Zalmi on Tuesday.
Multan Sultans also suffered a similar fate in their opening match against Islamabad United. Although their skipper Mohammad Rizwan (71 off 53) led from the front, he did not find any support from the other end as they ended their innings on 150. Their all-rounders Shahid Afridi (2/24) and Carlos Brathwaite (2/23) tried their best but United went on to win the match by 3 wickets. While Chris Lynn and James Vince need to deliver in the batting department, Sohail Tanvir will also have a huge responsibility to lead the inexperienced pace attack.
Multan Sultans have always had an upper hand in this fixture. In the 6 meetings between the two sides, Sultans have won 4 and lost only 2 out of them. They defeated Zalmi in both the matches last season and will look to exert their authority. On the other hand, Zalmi will definitely look to improve on that record when the two sides clash in Karachi on Tuesday.
Probable Playing XI
Imam-ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal (wk), Shoaib Malik, Haider Ali, Ravi Bopara, Sherfane Rutherford, Amad Butt, Wahab Riaz (c), Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Saqib Mahmood, Mohammad Irfan
Mohammad Rizwan (c & wk), Chris Lynn, James Vince, Rilee Rossouw, Sohaib Maqsood, Khushdil Shah, Carlos Braithwaite, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Umar, Sohaibullah
Wicket Keepers: Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Rizwan
Batsmen: Chris Lynn, James Vince, Haider Ali, Sherfane Rutherford
All Rounders: Shahid Afridi, Carlos Brathwaite, Shoaib Malik, Ravi Bopara
Bowlers: Wahab Riaz, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Umar
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