The defending champions, Lahore Qalandars, will face last year’s finalists, Multan Sultans, in the first qualifier for the Pakistan Super League 2023. The Qalandars are coming off a loss to the Karachi Kings and will be looking to rebound. The Multan Sultans come into this game off a high-scoring victory over the Quetta Gladiators.
The Lahore Qalandars have a good record against the Multan Sultans, having won four of the last five games against them, including both games this season. They have an effective bowling attack. The Multan Sultans have a lot of batsman power, but their bowlers are in poor form. It’ll be a high-stakes competition, and we expect it to go down to the wire.
The Qualifier between Lahore Qalandars vs Multan Sultans will take place on March 15th, 2023 at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.
Match Details to Note
Match: Lahore Qalandars vs Multan Sultans, Qualifier, Pakistan Super League 2023
Date: March 15, 2023 (Wednesday)
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
The team of Shaheen Afridi would have preferred to enter the playoffs with momentum. However, the team experimented and lost by 86 runs in their last game. Afridi, who missed the previous game, will lead the team again. He expects a professional effort from his players as they face one of the tournament’s strongest teams.
Fakhar Zaman has been in superb form, and he must lay a solid foundation by opening the batting with Abdullah Shafique. Kamran Ghulam and Sam Billings arrive in good form, and the side hopes to see them form partnerships with Sikandar Raza. This batting lineup is strengthened by the addition of David Weise, Rashid Khan, and Shahid Afridi.
The bowling attack will face a tough test against a strong batting lineup. In this game with the new ball, the side will need good spells from Zaman Khan and Afridi. Rashid Khan adds an X-factor to this attack, and he will look to bowl tight lines with Haris Rauf in the middle overs. This attack is strengthened by Raza and Wiese.
Zaman Khan, David Wiese, Sikandar Raza, Rashid Khan, Kamran Ghulam, Hussain Talat, Haris Rauf, Fakhar Zaman, Dilbar Hussain, Liam Dawson, Jordan Cox, Ahmed Daniyal, Abdullah Shafique, Shaheen Afridi (c), Mirza Tahir Baig, Jalat Khan, Shawaiz Irfan, Shai Hope, Sam Billings, Ahsan Bhatti
Possible Playing XI:
Shaheen Afridi (c), Fakhar Zaman, Kamran Ghulam, Abdullah Shafique, Sam Billings (wk), Hussain Talat, Sikandar Raza, David Wiese, Rashid Khan, Haris Rauf, Zaman Khan
Mohammad Rizwan’s team comes in with a 9-run victory over the Quetta Gladiators. Their batsmen put on an excellent performance in the previous game, scoring 262 runs. The bowling attack, on the other hand, struggled. They face a huge test against the Qalandars, and Rizwan would like to see his bowlers perform better in this game.
Usman Khan delivered an electrifying knock in the previous game, and he hopes to establish a big stand with Mohammad Rizwan at the top. Rilee Rossouw is in good form and joins Tim David and Pollard in the middle order. Khushdil Shah and Anwar Ali will need to run down the order quickly.
The bowling attack suffered a setback in the previous game. Anwar Ali and Khushdil Shah will be expected to put on a better performance with the new ball. Ihsanullah has consistently performed well and must continue to do so, as must Izharulhaq Naveed. In the supporting cast, Abbas Afridi, Tim David, and Usama Mir must shine.
Usman Khan, Usama Mir, Shan Masood, Sameen Gul, Rilee Rossouw, Adil Rashid, Mohammad Rizwan (c), David Miller, Khushdil Shah, Ihsanullah, Akeal Hosein, Anwar Ali, Abbas Afridi, Arafat Minhas, Mohammad Sarwar, Kieron Pollard, Mohammad Ilyas, Carlos Brathwaite, Tim David, Sheldon Cottrell, Izharulhaq Naveed
Possible Playing XI:
Mohammad Rizwan (c & wk), Usman Khan, Rilee Rossouw, Kieron Pollard, Tim David, Khushdil Shah, Anwar Ali, Usama Mir, Abbas Afridi, Izharulhaq Naveed, Ihsanullah
Lahore Qalandars vs Multan Sultans Head to Head
Lahore Qalandars vs Multan Sultans Head to Head Stats in T20s
Lahore Qalandars vs Multan Sultans Toss Prediction
This season, five games have been played at this venue, and sides batting first have won all of them. The wicket slows down in the second half, making scoring difficult. The team that wins the toss will bat first based on the results.
Lahore Qalandars vs Multan Sultans Pitch Report
Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore is a more difficult surface for batters than those in Rawalpindi and Karachi. Batsmen who play to the merits of the ball have done well in this tournament. Fast bowlers have struggled on this track, but spinners thrive and have a good track record.
On March 15, the skies over Lahore would be completely clear. We anticipate hot and humid conditions, as well as a flat surface on which the ball will land nicely. Batsmen will have no trouble scoring. The team batting first would have to aim for a total of more than 180 runs.
Lahore Qalandars vs Multan Sultans Prediction
Multan Sultans have been outstanding at the plate this season. However, their bowling attack is a source of concern for the team. It has been battered in the last three games. Lahore Qalandars have a strong batting lineup and the tournament’s most experienced bowling attack. They will be ahead of the Multan Sultans. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!
Lahore Qalandars is the favourite to beat Multan Sultans at the odds of 1.77.
Lahore Qalandars vs Multan Sultans Most Recommended Player for Bet:
Rashid Khan has been the best bowler for the Lahore Qalandars, taking 15 wickets with an average of 13 and an economy rate of 8.48.