In the third match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2022, Multan Sultans will take on Lahore Qalandars at the National Stadium in Karachi on Saturday. The Sultans got off to a winning start in the competition. They beat Karachi Kings comprehensively in their opening game to grab two points.
Captain Mohammad Rizwan won the toss and opted to bowl first. The Sultans bowled brilliantly, restricting the Kings to 124-5 in their allotted twenty overs. Rizwan then led the charge with the bat. He scored an unbeaten fifty to help his team chase down the total in the penultimate over to win the game by seven wickets.
Lahore Qalandars, meanwhile, will play their opening game of the competition. Speedster Shahin Afridi has been handed the responsibility of leading the team in this edition of the PSL. They have got some experienced players in Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Samit Patel who will look to use their international experience.
Afridi, along with Haris Rauf, will lead their pace-bowling attack. They have been brilliant in recent times, and will look to carry that form into the PSL. The Qalandars will look to kickstart their campaign on a winning note.
MULTAN SULTANS ( MS ) PREVIEWS
Multan Sultans was just outstanding with the bat and ball in their opening match. They leaked 124 runs in their inning of 20 overs while bowling first. Imran Tahir was the most successful and highest run-scorer from their side who picked three wickets in his four overs bowled out against just 16 runs. Khushdil Shah and Shahnawaz Dhani picked one wicket each.
LAHORE QALANDARS ( LQ ) PREVIEWS
Lahore Qalandars had an outstanding start to the previous edition of the Pakistan Super League but soon they lost the momentum and ended the previous edition on the fifth spot. Remember that they had not won the title of PSL so far. They had appointed Shaheen Afridi as their new captain for the 7th edition of PSL. Lahore Qalandars had their key strength in bowling than batting. Shaheen Afridi, Rashid Khan, and Haris Rauf are the bowlers who can destroy any strong batting order of the world.
MULTAN SULTANS VS LAHORE QALANDARS MATCH DETAILS
Match: Multan Sultans vs Lahore Qalandars, Match 3, Pakistan Super League 2022.
Date and Time: January 29th 2022, Saturday, 02:30 PM IST.
Venue: National Stadium, Karachi.
The pitch at the National Stadium is a balanced track. Batters can play their strokes once set. Spinners could play a key role on this surface, as the pitch might get slower as the game progresses.
Clear skies should greet both teams on Saturday. The temperature on matchday is expected to range between 17 and 24 degrees Celsius.
PROBABLE XISMULTAN SULTANS
Imran Tahir starred with the ball in his last game, picking up three wickets, helping his team restrict the Kings to 124. Mohammad Rizwan scored a fifty to help his team across the line.
Shaheen Afridi will be eager to lead his team by example in the tournament over the next few weeks.
PROBABLE TOP PERFORMERS
PROBABLE BEST BATTER OF THE MATCH
MOHAMMAD RIZWAN – MULTAN SULTANS
Mohammad Rizwan oozed class out in the middle in the Sultans’ opening match against the Karachi Kings. The right-hander scored a superb 52* off 47 deliveries, anchored the innings, and helped his side to outclass the opposition.
PROBABLE BEST BOWLER OF THE MATCH
IMRAN TAHIR – MULTAN SULTANS
Imran Tahir not only stemmed the flow of runs, but also scalped 3 wickets in his 4-over spell against the Karachi Kings. Tahir is an experienced campaigner and will once again look to bamboozle the opposition.
The Sultans were impressive in their opening game of the competition, and will look to carry forward their winning momentum. The Qalandars will look to do the same in their tournament opener.
The Sultans have a good balance to their side, so expect them to come out on top on Saturday.
PREDICTION: MULTAN SULTANS TO WIN THIS GAME.