Peshawar Zalmi and Multan Sultans didn’t get off to the best of starts in the 2021 edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). The Zalmi, captained by Wahab Riaz, went down to the Lahore Qalandars by four wickets in their first match. Barring Ravi Bopara’s 50 off 44 balls, their batters couldn’t put up much of a fight. Their bowlers were decent but didn’t have a lot of runs to play with.
The Sultans, on the other hand, lost to the Islamabad United by three wickets. Mohammad Rizwan carried on with his good form, but couldn’t help his team go over the finishing line. It’s also pertinent to note that it was the Sultans’ fourth loss in a row in the PSL. Both Zalmi and the Sultans are now set to lock horns on Tuesday, February 23 in Karachi and will be keen to register their maiden win.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch at the National Stadium in Karachi has been a sporting one thus far. The bowlers and batters have had their say equally. Chasing should be the way forward going by the numbers thus far. The temperature will be around 24 degrees Celsius with the humidity mostly in the high-60s.
Playing Combinations for PES vs MUL
Imam-ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal (wk), Shoaib Malik, Haider Ali, Ravi Bopara, Sherfane Rutherford, Amad Butt, Wahab Riaz (C), Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Saqib Mahmood, Mohammad Imran
Bench: Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Amir Khan, Umaid Asif, Abrar Ahmed, Waqar Salamkheil, Mohammad Imran
Mohammad Rizwan (C and WK), Chris Lynn, James Vince, Rilee Rossouw, Sohaib Maqsood, Khushdil Shah, Carlos Brathwaite, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Umar, Sohaibullah
Bench: Shan Masood, Imran Tahir, Shahnawaz Dhani, Sohail Khan
Probable Top Performers for PES vs MUL
Shoaib Malik– Peshawar Zalmi
Shoaib Malik is a veteran of Pakistan cricket and has more than two decades of experience in competitive cricket. In the last game, he scored 26 runs off 24 balls with four fours and had gotten his eyes in. But he fell prey to David Wiese. The veteran will want to make amends and make a significant contribution.
Mohammad Rizwan– Multan Sultans
Mohammad Rizwan has been in stupendous form of late. After the T20I series against South Africa, he showed his class against the United. He scored 71 runs off 53 balls with eight fours and two sixes. Apart from him, the Sultans’ batting stuttered a wee bit. He will now be looking for another decent hand.
PES vs MUL Head to Head
Played- 6 |PES won- 2 | MUL won- 4 | N/R- 0
Average first innings score: 141 (3 matches in PSL 2021)
Record of chasing teams: Won- 3 | Lost- 0
Match timings – 07:00 PM local time, 07:30 PM IST
TV – Sony Sports Network
Live Streaming – SonyLIV
The prediction is for Peshawar Zalmi to win the match.