Match 25 of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 has Multan Sultans taking on Quetta Gladiators at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on June 16 (Wednesday).
Quetta Gladiators, are all but out of the reckoning for a playoff spot with just one win in seven PSL 2021 games at the time of writing. Their overseas stars Faf du Plessis and Andre Russell had to be replaced during the games against Peshwar Zalmi and Islamabad United due to concussions, leaving Quetta light on both batting and bowling fronts.
However, they are still a force to be reckoned with under the leadership of Sarfaraz Ahmed, who is in the midst of a stellar PSL season with the bat.
Multan Sultans are arguably one of the teams to beat in the UAE leg of the PSL with two wins in two games. Riding on the exploits of captain Mohammad Rizwan, the Sultans are in the mix for a top-four finish. Despite missing out on Chris Lynn and James Vince from the first phase, Multan Sultans have coped well with the likes of Shahnawaz Dhani and Imran Tahir impressing with the ball.
Match: Multan Sultans vs Quetta Gladiators, Match 25
Date and Time: 16th June 2021, at 9:30 PM IST
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
After a few low-scoring PSL 2021 games in the early part of the UAE leg, the pitch is beginning to show its true colors, with the ball skidding fairly well on to the bat. Although there is some swing on offer for the pacers, the dew factor has gone against the bowlers, making it difficult for them to execute their skills.
Both teams will look to chase upon winning the toss, with 170 being par at the venue.
Predicted Playing XIs
Shan Masood, Mohammad Rizwan (c&wk), Sohaib Maqsood, Rilee Rossouw, Shimron Hetmyer, Khushdil Shah, Sohail Tanvir, Blessing Muzarabani, Shahnawaz Dhani, Imran Tahir and Imran Khan
Usman Khan, Saim Ayub, Jake Weatherald, Cameron Delport, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c&wk), Azam Khan, Jack Wildermuth, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Hasnain, Naseem Shah/Usman Khan Shinwari and Khurram Shahzad
Fantasy Suggestion #1: S Ahmed, A Khan, R Rossouw, J Weatherald, S Masood, S Hetmyer, M Nawaz, S Dhani, I Tahir, M Hasnain and K Shehzad
Captain: S Ahmed. Vice-captain: S Hetmyer
Fantasy Suggestion #2: S Ahmed, A Khan, R Rossouw, U Khan, M Rizwan, S Hetmyer, M Nawaz, B Muzarabani, I Tahir, M Hasnain and K Shehzad
Captain: S Hetmyer. Vice-captain: A Khan