Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans, PSL 2021: Match 3, Prediction- Who will win today’s match?
Shadab Khan. (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images)

Islamabad United didn’t have the season they would have wished for last time around in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). The team, captained by Shadab Khan couldn’t make the playoffs along with Sarfaraz Ahmed’s Quetta Gladiators. But before the 2021 PSL draft, they roped in Alex Hales from the Karachi Kings. After a poor start last time, the United will be looking for a decent start.

Their first game is against the Multan Sultans, led by Mohammad Rizwan, in the second of Sunday’s doubleheader at the National Stadium in Karachi. On the head-to-head count, both teams are locked on three wins each and a cracker of a game can be expected. The Sultans topped the table last time but bowed out after losing both games in the playoffs. They will be looking to make some amends.

Pitch and Conditions

The pitch at the National Stadium has been a decent one for batting in recent times. But keeping in mind the fact that the chasing teams have had quite a bit of advantage, batting first shouldn’t be an option. The temperature will be around 25 degrees Celsius with the humidity in the mid-20s.

Playing Combinations for ISL vs MUL

Islamabad United

Alex Hales, Phillip Salt, Shadab Khan (C), Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed, Asif Ali, Rohail Nazir (wk), Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Muhammad Musa, Ali Khan

Bench: Lewis Gregory, Akif Javed, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Ahmed Safi Abdullah, Fawad Ahmed, Zafar Goher, Paul Stirling

Multan Sultans

Chris Lynn, Mohammad Rizwan (C and WK), James Vince, Shan Masood, Rilee Rossouw, Khushdil Shah, Shahid Afridi, Carlos Brathwaite, Sohail Tanvir, Usman Qadir, Imran Tahir

Bench: Sohaib Maqsood, Adam Lyth, Sohaibullah, Imran Khan, Shahnawaz Dhani, Sohail Khan

Bench: Probable Top Performers for ISL vs MUL

Alex Hales– Islamabad United

Alex Hales played some blistering knocks for the Kings last time. This time, he would be keen to show his class for Shadab’s United. He is in red-hot form after he became the leading run-scorer in the 2020-21 edition of the BBL. The veteran also hammered a century against the Sydney Sixers.

Chris Lynn– Multan Sultans

Chris Lynn scored a century for the Lahore Qalandars in the 2020 PSL. This time, Lynn would be hoping to get some big scores for the Sultans. The right-hander had some injury concerns during the 2020-21 BBL, but he came back to become the Heat’s leading run-scorer in the T20 tournament.

ISL vs MUL Head to Head

Overall

Played- 6 |ISL won- 3 | MUL won- 3 | N/R- 0

Average first innings score: 158 (12 matches in PSL 2020)

Record of chasing teams: Won- 9 | Lost- 3

Broadcast Details

Match timings – 07:00 PM local time, 07:30 PM IST

TV – DSport

Live Streaming – Sports Tiger

The prediction is for the team, bating second to win the match.