MUL vs PES Preview:
Multan Sultan and Peshawar Zalmi will face each other in the first semi-final of the 5th edition of PSL. The format of the tournament took a hit, and the playoff formats were changed into the less prevalent semi-finals. The Multan team must the most severely affected side due to the change as they will get only once chance to qualify to the final instead of the proposed two chances. The Sultans teamed the most stable team in the league stage and ended at the top of the table with 14 points. The team lost just two games in ten and will take the field as favourites against Peshawar Zalmi who could manage only nine points in ten games. The game, however, will be affected and the teams could look complete different outfits due to departure of a few star players.
Match: MUL vs PES
1st Semi-Final, Pakistan Super League
Date: Monday, 17th March 2020
Time: 2:30 PM
Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.
Multan Sultan and Peshawar Zalmi have met twice in the group stage. Sultans won both the games. The first game saw them coming out victorious with six wickets while chasing a modest total of 123 runs whereas the second game saw them winning by a narrow margin of three runs.
Strength: The fanfare of the tournament has significantly reduced due to the departure of various star players. However, if there is one team least affected by Exodus, it is Multan Sultans. Luckily, they have not lost any big names and have a steady domestic batting order. However, their real strength lies in their bowling and the wicket-taking abilities possessed by these bowlers. The strength of Peshawar lies in a completely different domain than the Multan Sultans. The team has a few heroes in Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal and Wahab Riaz and these players are capable of taking the game away at any instance of time.
Weaknesses: The biggest weakness of Multan Sultan is an evident one. The team clearly lacks a match-winner in the batting department, and this makes them vulnerable. No player other than Shan Masood has managed to score even 200 runs throughout the season and this makes it their biggest weakness and especially in big games like these. Apart from the Exodus of various foreign players, they now have a very weak middle order, and it can create problems for the team.
The live prediction for the 1st semi-final between Multan Sultans and Peshawar Zalmi have heavily favoured the Multan Sultan side. The Peshawar Zalmi has seen a lot of players leaving Pakistan towards their own mother's den due to the ever-increasing danger caused by Covid-19. This Exodus has reacted to the team negatively and hence has made the Multan Sultans the favourites. The past result of both the team has also heavily tilted today match prediction in favour of Multan Sultans.
Bet365: Multan Sultan: 1.61, Peshawar Zalmi: 2.30
Betway: Multan Sultan: 1.61, Peshawar Zalmi: 2.15
Shan Masood: 253 runs in eight innings.
Sohail Tanvir: 10 wickets in eight matches including a 4-for against the Peshawar outfit.
Imran Tahir: 10 wickets eight matches.
Shoaib Malik: 239 runs in seven innings at an average of 34.14.
Haider Ali: 239 runs in nine innings at an average of 29.87.
Kamran Malik: 251 runs in nine wickets.
Wahab Riaz: 11 wickets in nine matches
The fantasy cricket side will definitely create a commanding place for Karman Akmal. Whereas, the batsmen will be made by the Shan Masood and Haider Ali. The likes of Darren Sammy, Shoaib Malik etc. will create the all-rounders in your fantasy team whereas biggest competition will surface in the bowling department. The fantasy team could be bowling heavy which a place for all four Sohail Tanvir, Wahab Riaz, Imran Tahir and Hasan Ali.