Lahore Qalandars will look to maintain their excellent form when they face Multan Sultans in the 20th match of the 2023 Pakistan Super League on Saturday in Lahore.
Lahore Qalandars, the defending champions, have gained significant momentum after winning four consecutive games. Skipper Shaheen Afridi will be hoping that the team can keep up their performance with bat and ball in this home game.
Multan Sultans, on the other hand, are sitting in second place in the league table with eight points. Skipper Mohammad Rizwan will be hoping that his team can adapt to the conditions and improve their batting performance.
Lahore Qalandars defeated Multan Sultans in a thrilling match at Multan Cricket Stadium in the PSL opener.
The 20th Match between Lahore Qalandars vs Multan Sultans will take place on March 4th, 2023 at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.
Match Details to Note
Match: Lahore Qalandars vs Multan Sultans, 20th Match, Pakistan Super League 2023
Date: March 04, 2023 (Saturday)
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
The team’s management will be hoping that the top-order can bat consistently in this game. Qalandars were reeling at 50 for 7 after 9.3 overs in the previous match. Sikandar Raza batted brilliantly for the Qalandars, finishing the innings with a top-score of 71 not out off 34 balls, thanks to eight fours and three sixes.
Rashid Khan scored 21 runs off 20 balls with one four and one six, while Shaheen Afridi scored 16 runs off 16 balls.
In the batting order, the team will look to in-form opener Fakhar Zaman, rookie Mirza Tahir Baig, Abdullah Shafique, wicket-keeper Sam Billings, all-rounders Dawid Wiese and Sikandar Raza to deliver the majority of the runs.
Shaheen Afridi, Rashid Khan, Dawid Wiese, Zaman Khan, and Haris Rauf will be relied on to provide crucial breakthroughs in the bowling department.
Haris Rauf was the standout performer for Lahore Qalandars in the previous match, finishing with figures of 3 for 22 in four overs. Apart from Rauf, leg-spinner Rashid Khan had an excellent outing with the ball, taking 2 for 14 in his full quota of overs.
Mirza Tahir Baig, Fakhar Zaman, Abdullah Shafique, Sam Billings(w), Hussain Talat, Shaheen Afridi(c), Sikandar Raza, David Wiese, Rashid Khan, Haris Rauf, Zaman Khan, Jalat Khan, Shawaiz Irfan, Ahsan Bhatti, Ahmed Daniyal, Dilbar Hussain, Kamran Ghulam, Irfan Bhatti
Players to watch out for:
In Match 18 for LQ, this All-Rounder demonstrated how valuable he can be with both the bat and the bowl. Following an impressive 71-run inning, it will be interesting to see where Raza bats against a more difficult opponent like the Sultans.
By leading the unit in the middle over, the Afghanistan International star has increased this team’s wicket-taking prowess. In the previous game, he took two wickets while only allowing 14 runs in his four overs.
Rauf, as the most experienced bowler in this lineup, has already taken seven wickets in the tournament and will be crucial in making early breakthroughs with the new ball.
Possible Playing XI:
Shaheen Afridi (captain), Sikandar Raza, Fakhar Zaman, Mirza Tahir Baig, Sam Billings (wk), Abdullah Shafique, Hussain Talat, Rashid Khan, David Wiese, Haris Rauf, Zaman Khan
The onus will be on Mohammad Rizwan, opener Shan Masood, and the middle-order trio of Rilee Rossouw, David Miller, and Khushdil Shah to deliver the bulk of the runs.
Mohammad Rizwan leads the competition in run-scoring with 358 runs in six appearances. The team’s management will be hoping for a big performance from Rizwan against the Lahore Qalandars.
Ihsanullah, Usama Mir, Abbas Afridi, Akeal Hossein, and Anwar Ali will be relied on to deliver crucial breakthroughs in the bowling department.
Multan’s pick of the bowlers in the previous match was rookie pacer Ihsanullah, who claimed 2 for 22 in four overs.
Shan Masood, Mohammad Rizwan(w/c), Rilee Rossouw, David Miller, Khushdil Shah, Anwar Ali, Usama Mir, Carlos Brathwaite, Akeal Hosein, Abbas Afridi, Ihsanullah, Arafat Minhas, Mohammad Sarwar, Usman Khan, Tim David, Mohammad Ilyas, Sameen Gul, Kieron Pollard
Players to watch out for:
As the leading scorer in this season’s PSL, the Sultans will be looking for Rizwan to redeem himself in this crucial match against LQ.
He is without a doubt one of the most lethal T20 batsmen in the world, as he has demonstrated time and again. However, Rilee was unable to assist his team in the previous contest, as he was stranded after only 7 runs.
This pacer was the PSL 2023 find. Not only is he young, but his exquisite variation has the potential to make him one of the best modern-day short-format bowlers. In Match 14, he took two wickets for MS.
Possible Playing XI:
Shan Masood, Mohammad Rizwan (c & wk), Rilee Rossouw, David Miller, Khushdil Shah, Carlos Brathwaite, Anwar Ali, Akeal Hosein, Usama Mir, Abbas Afridi, Ihsanullah
Lahore Qalandars vs Multan Sultans Top Team Batsmen
The most obvious batting options for LQ are Tahir Baig, Fakhar Zaman, and Sikandar Raza. While the opening pair has demonstrated how valuable they can be in setting the tone for the rest of the players, with Zaman being the edition’s second leading scorer, Raza can once again be crucial in providing his team with a quality finish to their batting innings.
MS suggests Mohammad Rizwan, Rilee Rossouw, and Shan Masood as batting options. Rizwan and Rossouw are the team’s leading run scorers, while Masood has shown flashes of how dangerous he can be when batting first. After playing in the shadow of Rizwan, it’s about time he bursts out for a big innings.
Lahore Qalandars vs Multan Sultans Top Team Bowlers
Qalandars bowlers to consider include Shaheed Afridi, Haris Rauf, and Rashid Khan. With the new ball, Rauf and Afridi provide the ideal threat, having to swing the ball to cause trouble. Rashid’s spinner has propelled him to the top of the shortest format.
The Multan Sultans’ bowlers to watch for Match 20 are Anwar Ali, Insanullah, and Usama Mir. Ali enters the game after taking a wicket in Match 14, whereas Mir’s performance in the middle overs has previously allowed MS to stamp their authority in the competition.
Lahore Qalandars vs Multan Sultans Head to Head
The previous match between these two teams was a thrilling battle in which the Qalandars emerged victorious by a single run. Furthermore, they have previously defeated the Sultans in two consecutive games.
Lahore Qalandars vs Multan Sultans Head to Head Stats in T20s
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Lahore Qalandars vs Multan Sultans Toss Prediction
Both teams will be hoping to win the toss, bat first, and score more than 175 runs. Previous matches at Gaddafi Stadium have been won by the team that batted first.
Lahore Qalandars vs Multan Sultans Pitch Report
The 20th match of the 2023 Pakistan Super League will be played at Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore between Lahore Qalandars and Multan Sultans. The fact that Lahore Qalandars have won their previous two meetings with Multan Sultans will give them hope.
The pitch at Gaddafi Cricket Stadium is expected to provide a good battle between bat and ball. The weather forecast for Saturday’s match is clear skies with a humidity of 55%.
Lahore Qalandars vs Multan Sultans Prediction
Based on their current form, the Lahore Qalandars will be slight favourites to defeat the Multan Sultans in their home game. With players like Fakhar Zaman, Shaheen Afridi, Sikandar Raza, and Rashid Khan among their ranks, the Qalandars will be looking to bring their A-game to this match. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!
Lahore Qalandars is the favourite to beat Multan Sultans at the odds of 1.90.
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Sikandar Raza’s emergence clearly increased the batting depth of the Lahore Qalandars, as he smashed 71 runs in the previous game at a strike rate of 208.