Multan Sultans will face Peshawar Zalmi within the ultimate of PSL 2021 tonight at Abu Dhabi to cap off an excellent event. Whereas this will likely be Zalmi’s fourth PSL ultimate, Sultans will enter unfamiliar territory having by no means made it to the ultimate of the event.
Sultans had been the group to beat in final yr’s version, ending on the high of the PSL factors desk however misplaced their means within the playoffs as they had been eradicated within the second eliminator. Multan got here out stronger this time round although and blew away their opponents, ending second within the group stage and profitable the all-important qualifier to make it to the ultimate.
They’re anticipated to call an unchanged beginning eleven and can depend on the identical group mixture that has obtained them a lot success all through the event.
Peshawar, however, introduced their ‘A’ recreation within the PSL playoffs, profitable each the primary and the second eliminator to qualify for the PSL 2021 ultimate. Regardless of a shaky begin to their event, Peshawar placed on some medical performances and performed some glorious cricket to be on the largest stage for the fourth time in six seasons. Peshawar will likely be hoping for his or her second title and equal Islamabad United’s file for many PSL titles.
Peshawar will likely be pressured to make at the very least one change to their beginning eleven from the earlier match. Quick bowler, Umaid Asif, is not going to be allowed to participate within the match because of a breach of bio-secure bubble, therefore both quick bowler, Sameen Gul, or spinner, Abrar Ahmed will make their means into the group. The remainder of the line-up is anticipated to be the identical.
The match will start at 9 pm Pakistan Customary Time as each the groups tackle one another. The match will likely be live-streamed right here.
|Date||Thursday, 24 June 2021|
|Time||9:00 pm PST|
|Venue||Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi|
|Reside Stream||LINK 1, LINK 2|
Highway to Remaining
Multan’s journey to PSL 2021 ultimate has been a topsy-turvy one. Multan had been on the point of elimination after registering just one win of their first 5 matches, however after the postponement of PSL and the change in venue, Multan gained 4 out of the remaining 5 matches. Multan beat Lahore Qalandars twice, Peshawar Zalmi as soon as, Karachi Kings as soon as and Quetta Gladiators as soon as to make it to the PSL playoffs.
They completed second within the group stage and went onto face the league leaders, Islamabad United, within the qualifier. Multan had misplaced their earlier encounter in opposition to United however this time round, they got here out on high, recording a 31 run victory and booked their place within the PSL 2021 ultimate.
Peshawar, however, had been inconsistent all through the event. They completed quantity three on the factors desk after registering 5 wins and 5 losses within the first spherical. They beat Karachi Kings as soon as, Islamabad United as soon as, Multan Sultans as soon as and Quetta Gladiators twice to make it to the PSL playoffs.
They went onto face defending champions, Karachi Kings, within the first eliminator, defeating them by 5 wickets to guide a date with Islamabad United within the second eliminator. United had already misplaced to Multan within the qualifier and had been trying to make amends to make it to their third ultimate, however Zalmi had different concepts as they fully outplayed them in all three departments. They gained the match by 8 wickets and confirmed their place within the PSL 6 ultimate.
Zalmi and Sultans have encountered one another eight instances because the starting of PSL. Zalmi, one of the vital profitable PSL groups in historical past, have struggled in opposition to Multan, profitable solely three and shedding 5. Multan is the one group that has crushed Zalmi extra instances than they’ve misplaced and they are going to be trying to ring up another shock and win the all-important encounter.
This season the 2 groups have confronted one another twice already, with each profitable one match every.
Wahab Riaz (c), Kamran Akmal (wk), Hazratullah Zazai, Shoaib Malik, Jonathan Wells, Sherfane Rutherford, Rovman Powell, Amad Butt, Abrar Ahmed, Mohammad Irfan Snr., Mohammad Imran
Mohammad Rizwan (c) (wk), Shan Masood, Rilee Rossouw, Johnson Charles, Sohaib Maqsood, Khushdil Shah, Sohail Tanvir, Shahnawaz Dahani, Imran Khan Snr, Blessing Muzarabani, Imran Tahir
Wahab Riaz has been the stalwart of Peshawar’s bowling unit because the inception of PSL. He’s the main wicket-taker in PSL historical past and is presently the second-highest wicket-taker in PSL 6. Wahab was appointed as captain of the franchise final yr and after a disappointing season final yr, he has managed to rally his troops to their fourth PSL ultimate. Wahab will must be at his greatest with the ball and must lead from the entrance to offer Zalmi with the impetus to win their second PSL title.
Mohammad Rizwan is among the most interesting batsmen within the nation and his management abilities have been influential in Multan’s resurgence. Rizwan was named as Multan’s captain only a few days earlier than the graduation of PSL 6 and has been one of many important causes for Multan’s success on this yr’s event. Multan will likely be hoping that Rizwan is at his regular greatest and leads them to their first-ever PSL title.
Take a look at the up to date PSL factors desk right here.