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
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
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
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
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.