Date: 21st June, 2021
Time: 6:30 PM IST
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
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The stage is set for the Playoffs of the Pakistan Super League 2021. The league matches of the second leg of PSL, which resumed on June 9, have come to an end. As we head towards the playoffs, Shadab Khan-led Islamabad United sit at the top of the table, with 16 points, right above Multan Sultans. These two teams will lock horns in Qualifier 1 to advance towards the finals. The winner of this match, will directly get a ticket to final, while the losing team shall face the winner of the Eliminator (Peshawar Zalmi vs Karachi Kings) in Qualifier 2. The two teams played the last league stage game against each other on Saturday, where Islamabad United won the game by two wickets.
Islamabad United and Multan Sultans were clearly the top sides in the league matches of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021, facing each other in Qualifer 1 of the Playoffs. Shadab Khan-led Islamabad United are on a five-match winning streak and their confidence would be to make it directly to the finals from the Qualifier 1. Usman Khwaja, Colin Munro have looked strong throughout the tournament and will step up for the side in the knockouts.
On the other side, Multan Sultans were on a four-match winning streak as well before losing to Islamabad United in the last league match of PSL 2021. Mohammad Rizwan has been the most impressive player for the Sultans in this season and the skipper will be of crucial importance in the Qualifer against United.
Probable Playing XI
Multan Sultans: Shan Masood, Mohammad Rizwan (C/wk), Sohaib Maqsood, Rilee Rossouw, Shimron Hetmyer, Khushdil Shah, Sohail Tanvir, Blessing Muzarabani, Shahnawaz Dhani, Imran Tahir and Imran Khan.
Islamabad United: Usman Khawaja (c), Colin Munro, Brandon King, Asif Ali, Akhlaq Mohd (wk), Iftikhar Ahmed, Hussain Talat, Mohammad Wasim, Fawad Ahmed, Hasan Ali and Akif Javed
Wicketkeepers: Mohammad Rizwan
Batsmen: Usman Khawaja, Rilee Rossouw, Sohaib Maqsood, Colin Munro
All-rounders: Sohail Tanvir, Iftikhar-Ahmed, Hussain Talat, Shadab Khan
Bowlers: Hasan Ali, Fawad Ahmed, Sohail Khan, Shahnawaz Dhani, Imran Tahir
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