The 22nd match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 will be played between Islamabad United and Multan Sultans at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi.
The match starts at 2:00 PM local time (9:00 PM GMT) (2:30 PM IST). This match will be live on DSport in India
Preview for Dream11 Fantasy
The caravan of the fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) roles on and the 22nd match will see table-toppers Multan Sultans lock horns with Islamabad United in what is a crucial encounter for the latter.
This is the second time that both these sides will square-off against each other. In their last meeting, Islamabad United romped home by eight wickets as they successfully chased down 165, thanks to whirlwind knocks from Luke Ronchi (74), Colin Munro (50) and Dawid Malan (35*).
But since then, Multan has embarked on a winning spree, and they come into this game on the back of three successive wins in their past three completed fixtures. Islamabad United, on the other hand, have lost two of their past three completed games, but they come into the match on the back of an imperious 71-run-win over Lahore Qalandars and will look to continue with the winning momentum on Sunday.
Unfortunately, thunderstorms are set to be the order of the day in Rawalpindi on Sunday if the weather reports are to be believed. According to the report, the temperature is set to fluctuate between 09-17 degrees Celsius while the humidity is set to hover around 83%. Chances of rain- 90℅
With Rawalpindi taking so much of rain in the past few days, and another thunderstorm set to arrive on Sunday, we might be in for a rain-curtailed fixture where the bowlers may come into play, considering the moisture.
Average first innings score: 168 (In the last 3 games played at the venue)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 1
Injury and Availability News
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Probable Playing XIs
Luke Ronchi (wk), Colin Munro, Shadab Khan (C), Colin Ingram, Asif Ali, Rizwan Hussain, Hussain Talat, Zafar Gohar, Akif Javed, Dale Steyn, Rumman Raees
Bench –Amad Butt, Philip Salt, Faheem Ashraf, Muhammad Musa, Ahmed Safi Abdullah
Zeeshan Ashraf (WK), Shan Masood (C), Rilee Rossouw, Moeen Ali, Khushdil Shah, Ravi Bopara, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Imran Tahir, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Ilyas
Bench – James Vince, Wayne Madsen, Junaid Khan, Usman Qadir, Rohail Nazir, Ali Shafiq
The opening duo of Luke Ronchi [248 runs at 41.33] and Colin Munro (201 runs at 40.20) have been at the heart of Islamabad United’s batting surge this season. Apart from them, Colin Ingram (145 runs at 36.25) and Shadab Khan (195 runs at 48.75) have will be crucial in the middle-order.
The trio of Rumman Rates (3-29), Zafar Gohar (3-31) and Shadab Khan (2-21) was instrumental in Islamabad bowling Qalandars out for a more 127 in the last game.
Rilee Rossouw (189 runs at 47.2), Shan Masood (183 runs at 30.50) have been the leading run-scorers for Multan thus far and will once again be the key to their fortunes against Islamabad.
As far as bowling is concerned, Imran Tahir (8 wickets at 17.87), Sohail Tanvir (7 wickets at 16) and Mohammad Ilyas (6 wickets at 18.66) will be the key.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Luke Ronchi, Shadab Khan, Rilee Rossouw
Vice-Captain – Imran Tahir, Colin Munro, Colin Ingram
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Luke Ronchi (C), Zeeshan Ashraf
Batsmen — Colin Munro, Colin Ingram, Shan Masood, Rilee Rossouw (VC)
All-Rounders- Shadab Khan, Moeen Ali
Bowlers- Rumman Raees, Sohail Tanvir, Imran Tahir
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Luke Ronchi
Batsmen- Colin Munro, Asif Ali, Colin Ingram, Rilee Rossouw
All-Rounders- Shadab Khan (C), Moeen Ali
Bowlers- Dale Steyn, Rumman Rates, Sohail Tanvir, Imran Tahir (VC)
Luke Ronchi and Colin Munro were the spearheads, the last time these two sides met. The duo has been in whirlwind form throughout the season.
Another punt that can prove to be handy is to pick Shadab Khan as captain. The vile leg-spinner is having a brilliant season with both bat and ball and could turn out to be a real X-factor as far as your fantasy XI is concerned.
Islamabad United are expected to come out as winners.
Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.