Pakistan Super League 2023: Multan Sultans vs Lahore Qalandars – 1st Match Preview and Updates

In the first game of the Pakistan Super League 2023, Multan Sultans will face the defending champions, Lahore Qalandars. The Multan Sultans will look to avenge their final-season loss to the Qalandars, who denied them a well-deserved title. Both teams have kept key players from last season, and we anticipate a close game between two of the best teams.

Multan Sultans have won four of the last six meetings between the two teams. It will boost their self-esteem. They had only lost twice in their previous 12 games, and the players worked well together. The Qalandars will not make it easy for themselves as they defend their title. It will be a close race, with some of the tournament’s best players squabbling in the middle.

The 1st Match between Multan Sultans vs Lahore Qalandars will take place on February 13th, 2023 at Multan Cricket Stadium, Multan.

Match Details to Note

Match: Multan Sultans vs Lahore Qalandars, 1st Match, Pakistan Super League, 2023

Date: February 13, 2023 (Monday)                                             

Time: 8:00 PM IST

Venue: Multan Cricket Stadium, Multan

Multan Sultans vs Lahore Qalandars

Multan Sultans vs Lahore Qalandars

Multan Sultans (Match Odds – 1.67):


Mohammad Rizwan wants to move on from the disappointment of the previous season, in which they had a bad day in the final. The captain enjoys leading from the front and will do so again in this game. The Sultans have a potent batting lineup and would like to get off to a good start in this game.

Rizwan and Shan Masood had a fantastic tournament last year and will look to pick up where they left off. The team’s middle order is formidable, and they can expect runs from Tim Davod, Rilee Rossouw, and Khushil Shah. Kieron Pollard strengthens the batting and will look to add quick runs alongside Mohammad Sarwar.

Amad Butt is a promising young player for the team, and he must strike early in this game, sharing the ball with Joshua Little, who is in good form. Shahnawaz Dhani has contributed significantly to the team’s success, and he will look to bowl tight spells alongside Sameen Gul. Pollard, Tim David, and Khushdil Shah are also expected to deliver strong supporting performances.

Full Squad:

Shan Masood, Mohammad Rizwan(w/c), Rilee Rossouw, David Miller, Tim David, Adil Rashid, Akeal Hosein, Anwar Ali, Joshua Little, Sameen Gul, Usama Mir, Khushdil Shah, Abbas Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Khan, Ihsanullah, Arafat Minhas, Mohammad Sarwar

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Players to watch out for:

Mohammad Rizwan

Without a doubt, MS’s captain will be their most important batsman in Match 1. Rizwan has been in good form in BPL 2023, having scored 425 runs in his previous ten games.

Shan Masood

A consistent performer, this left-handed batsman will be looking to increase his chances of making the Pakistan squad for the ICC World Cup this year.

Shahnawaz Dahani

While this fast bowler has not been economical in the past, his raw pace can help him get wickets in Match 1 at Multan International Cricket Stadium.

Possible Playing XI:

Mohammad Rizwan (c & wk), Shan Masood, Rilee Rossouw, Khushdil Shah, Kieron Pollard, Shahnawaz Dahani, Mohammad Sarwar, Joshua Little, Sameen Gul, Tim David, Amad Butt

Lahore Qalandars (Match Odds – 2.20):


As the Qalandars defend their title, Shaheen Afridi will look to get off to a good start. They are up against the tournament’s strongest team. In this game, the team will need a strong performance from its players. Afridi wants his bowlers to be accurate because their opponents have a strong batting lineup.

Fakhar Zaman played well last season and will look to form a solid opening batting partnership with Abdullah Shafique. Jordan Cox joins the team and must form middle-order partnerships with Sikandar Raza and Hussain Talat. Down the order, Liam Dawson and Rashid Khan add to the side’s batting strength.

The team has a strong bowling attack, and with the new ball, they can expect good spells from Shaheen Afridi and Ahmed Daniyal. Rashid Khan will have to play an important role here, and the team would like to see him trouble the opposition. In the supporting roles, Zaman Khan, Dawson, and Raza will look to bowl well.

Full Squad:

Fakhar Zaman, Harry Brook, Abdullah Shafique, Jordan Cox(w), Sikandar Raza, Liam Dawson, Rashid Khan, Shaheen Afridi(c), Haris Rauf, Dilbar Hussain, Ahmed Daniyal, Zaman Khan, Mirza Baig, Jalat Khan, Shawaiz Irfan, Kamran Ghulam, Hussain Talat

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Players to watch out for:

Fakhar Zaman

This tournament will be crucial for this left-handed opening batsman as he looks to cement his place in Pakistan’s top batting order for this year’s ICC World Cup.

Rashid Khan

With a wealth of experience from bowling in various T20 leagues around the world, Rashid’s performance with the ball in the middle overs could decide the outcome of this match.

Jordan Cox

This English wicketkeeper/batsman is known for his adaptability and will play an important role in LQ’s batting lineup this season.

Possible Playing XI:

Shaheen Afridi (c), Fakhar Zaman, Abdullah Shafique, Jordan Cox (wk), Rashid Khan, Zaman Khan, Hussain Talat, Sikandar Raza, Ahmed Daniyal, Haris Rauf, Liam Dawson

Multan Sultans vs Lahore Qalandars Top Team Batsmen

The Multan Sultans’ top batting options are Mohammad Rizwan, Shan Masood, and Khushdil Shah. While Rizwan is known for getting them off to a fast start at the top of the order, Khushdil Shah recently had a stellar performance in BPL 2023. Shan Masood has the ability to score consistently, and a strong string of performances will ensure he is one of Pakistan’s top players in the upcoming World Cup in India later this year.

The defending champions’ best batting options, on the other hand, are Fakhar Zaman, Abdullah Shafique, and Jordan Cox. Given that they don’t have the same batting depth as the MS, it’s best to go with solid top-order batsmen.

Multan Sultans vs Lahore Qalandars Top Team Bowlers

Multan Sultans’ best bowling picks for Match 1 are Shahnawaz Dahani, Joshua Little, and Amad Butt. While Joshua and Amad will be tasked with taking early wickets with the new ball, Shahnawaz will be in charge of the bowling attack and will be responsible for not leaking runs at the death.

Rashid Khan, Haris Rauf, and Shaheen Shah Afridi can all tip the scales in LQ’s favour. Given that each of these bowlers will most likely bowl their quota of four overs, their chances of picking up wickets are much higher.

Multan Sultans vs Lahore Qalandars Head to Head

In the previous game, the Lahore Qalandars defeated Multan Sultans by 42 runs to win the PSL title last year. Multan Sultans, on the other hand, have a 3-2 advantage in their last five meetings.

Multan Sultans vs Lahore Qalandars Head to Head Stats in T20s

  Matches Played MUL Won LAH Won Tie NR
Overall 13 7 6 0 0
Last 5 5 3 2 0 0

Multan Sultans vs Lahore Qalandars Toss Prediction

The track at this venue is notoriously slow, making it difficult to set totals. In the past, most teams have won games here by chasing the score. As a result, the team that wins the toss will look to bowl first in this game.

Multan Sultans vs Lahore Qalandars Pitch Report

Multan Cricket Stadium in Multan has a slow surface, so batsmen who can adjust to the pace of the wicket do well. Because the wicket does not provide much for fast bowlers, it is a graveyard for them. Spinners benefit from the surface because the ball occasionally stops on the batsmen.

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It will be a warm and comfortable evening with clear skies over Multan on February 13. The surface will be slow, and batsmen must keep their backs to the wall on this track. The team batting first in this game will be pleased with 170 runs.

Multan Sultans vs Lahore Qalandars Prediction

The Lahore Qalandars have a lot of new players in their batting lineup, and it will be interesting to see how they work together. Their bowling is good, but they must be accurate against a strong batting lineup. Multan Sultans are a batting powerhouse with depth in their bowling. It will be a close game, but the Multan Sultans will start as favourites. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!

Multan Sultans is the favourite to beat Lahore Qalandars at the odds of 1.67.

Multan Sultans vs Lahore Qalandars Most Recommended Player for Bet:

Mohammad Rizwan has performed admirably in the BPL 2023 tournament and will enter Pakistan with full confidence. The MS wicketkeeper/batsman has 1411 runs in 48 games and is expected to lead the team’s batting unit.

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