Date: June 16, 2021
Time: 9:30 PM (IST)
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
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In match 25 of the Pakistan Super League, Multan Sultans will be up against the Quetta Gladiators. Both the teams haven’t had an ideal start to the tournament so far but will look to give their best to still have a chance at qualifying for the next stage of the competition. While Multan have three wins from seven matches and are at the fifth place of the six-team table, Gladiators have just a solitary win to their credit so far in seven matches and form the base of the points tally.
To make things worse for Gladiators, star player Andre Russell has also been ruled out for the remainder of the series with Zahoor Khan replacing him in the squad and it would be interesting to see the kind of combination they go ahead with in the remaining fixtures. As far as the Multan Sultans are concerned, they would look to make use of this opportunity to register a win against a side low on confidence and struggling to get going this season.
Head to Head
Multan Sultans: 2
Quetta Gladiators: 4
This is the end of the season for Andre Russell for sure. While Naseem Shah was his concussion substitute in the match against Islamabad United, it would be interesting to see if Zahoor Khan gets a game. Moreover, they have to play back-to-back games on Tuesday and Wednesday and might look to make changes accordingly to avoid injury concerns.
For Multan Sultans, they would look to stick to their winning XI and not make too many changes after they registered a dominating win in their previous game against
Overall, the Multan Sultans captain has had a great season so far, having scored over 400 runs in 7 innings. The team would hope that he can continue to dominate in the same fashion and continue his rich form which saw him score an unbeaten 82 with and accumulate runs with an overall strike rate of 140.20 this season.
In a season where few things have gone their way, captain Sarfaraz Ahmed is their leading run-scorer. They desperately need an inspiring individual performance from an experienced campaigner which can perhaps lift the morale of the whole team and give a new life to their campaign this year. With over 230 runs at a strike rate of 139.88, Sarfaraz can definitely be that man for the team.
He is the leading wicket-taker of the tournament so far and will be in no mood of slowing down. In 6 matches, Shahnawaz has already scalped 13 wickets and an average of 17.84. However, he was a bit on the expensive side going 10 runs an over and would look to work on that aspect.
Probable Playing XI
Mohammad Rizwan (c & wk), Shan Masood, Sohaib Maqsood, Rilee Rossouw, Shimron Hetmyer, Khushdil Shah, Sohail Tanvir, Blessing Muzarabani, Shahnawaz Dhani, Imran Khan, Imran Tahir
Cameron Delport, Usman Khan, Jake Weatherald , Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Azam Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Hassan Khan, Zahoor Khan, Mohammad Hasnain, Khurram Shahzad, Usman Shinwari