ISLAMABAD UNITED RECENT FORM
Islamabad were the best team in the group stages last year, winning 8/10 matches. But they failed when it mattered in the knockout games.
They have won the PSL twice but it is now four years since they last made the final in 2018.
United made another good start to this year’s tournament. They won their first match against Peshawar by 9 wickets – with 25 balls to spare.
Islamabad’s international batsmen did very well in their opening game. Opener Alex Hales top scored with a 54-ball 82*.
United’s experienced bowlers also played well. Captain Shadab Khan took 1-28 with his leg-spin. Pacemen Faheem Ashraf and Hasan Ali opened the bowling and both took two wickets.
South African quick Marchant de Lange – who first played in the Indian Premier League 10 years ago – will be keen to join the party.
PLAYER TO WATCH: PAUL STIRLING
I chose Alex Hales for Islamabad’s first game. This time I’m going for his opening partner.
As a young man, Paul Stirling hit two ODI centuries for Ireland against Pakistan. Since then, he has become a formidable force in T20 cricket around the world.
Now 31, he is a powerful hitter. He showed this when he smashed 57 off just 25 balls against Peshawar on Sunday.
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MULTAN SULTANS RECENT FORM
Multan are the reigning PSL champions and they have made a good start to the 2022 tournament. The Sultans have won all three of their matches so far.
In their first game, the bowlers were the stars. Imran Tahir took 3/16 as the Sultans restricted Karachi Kings to 124/5 and won by 7 wickets.
In their second game, the batsman smashed 209/5 to beat Lahore by 5 wickets. Openers Mohammad Rizwan and Shan Masood both hit 50s.
In the third game, Imran Tahir made the difference again – he took another three wickets to destroy Quetta’s middle-order.
Team news is crucial when you consider the Islamabad vs Multan odds. The Sultans should be at full strength for this match.
Mohammad Rizwan and Shan Masood look set to continue their opening partnership. Rilee Rossouw, Sohaib Maqsood and Rilee Rossouw could all feature in a dangerous middle order.
South African spinner Imran Tahir is the man to watch with the ball. But look out for Shahnawaz Dahani as well – the fast bowler took 20 wickets in PSL 2021 but hasn’t quite found his form this year.
PLAYER TO WATCH: SHAN MASOOD
Mohammad Rizwan is the big name at the top of the Sultans batting order. But his opening partner Shan Masood has also been seriously impressive in the early stages of the 2022 PSL.
Masood is a classical batsman who allows his more explosive teammates to play around him. He has made two 80s in three innings so far – including his highest ever PSL score yesterday (88).
Masood has never played a T20I for Pakistan – if he keeps playing this well in the PSL that will surely change.
ISLAMABAD UNITED VS MULTAN SULTANS MATCH DETAILS
Match Islamabad United Vs Multan Sultans, Pakistan Super League
Date 01 February 2022 (GMT)
Time 14:00 (GMT)
Venue National Stadium, Karachi
VENUE & CONDITIONS
The team bowling first has won six of the first seven matches in this year’s PSL.
In all PSL matches at Karachi last year, the team also won an incredible 13 out of 14. This amazing trend suggests pitches here tend to hold up well for the team batting second.
The weather is expected to be dry for this night match.
ISLAMABAD UNITED VS MULTAN SULTANS HEAD-TO-HEAD
Since Multan Sultans joined the PSL in 2018, the Islamabad vs Multan head-to-head record is: five wins for the United; four wins for the Sultans. These two have met in Karachi once before. In the 2021 PSL, Islamabad won by 3 wickets.
ISLAMABAD UNITED VS MULTAN SULTANS TOSS PREDICTION
The Karachi vs Multan toss winner statistics are interesting because the team that has won the toss has gone on to win 8/9 previous matches. Multan have won 5/9 previous tosses. I am backing the Sultans to win the toss in this match.
ISLAMABAD UNITED VS MULTAN SULTANS TOSS PREDICTION PSL 2022
TEAMS TOSS WIN %
Islamabad United 4 44.44%
Multan Sultans 5 55.56%
ISLAMABAD UNITED VS MULTAN SULTANS WINNER PREDICTION
Recommended Bet: Back Multan with Pure Win
United and the Sultans have both made promising starts to the 2022 PSL. I also expect them both to be strong playoff contenders this year.
But Multan have looked good in three games recently. Islamabad have only played one so far.
Multan are also the only team that has batted first and won a match in the 2022 PSL. The win probability of Islamabad vs Multan is in favour of the Sultans.
Our betting prediction is for Multan to be the match-winner and take the two points.