PSL 2018: Match 25 - Multan Sultans v Islamabad United - Preview

Luke Ronchi has been in prolific form for Islamabad
Luke Ronchi has been in prolific form for Islamabad

Game: 25th match, Multan Sultans v Islamabad United
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium
Timings: 04:00 PM GMT / 08:00 PM Local

Both Islamabad United and Multan Sultans will be hoping to make it to the play-off when they lock horns with each other in the 25th game of the Pakistan Super League at Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium on Tuesday.

Multan started their debut season with a lot of promise but things have gone off track for the newest franchise in the tournament as they are currently on a three-game losing streak and are now languishing at the fourth position with nine points from as many games. However, their success early in the tournament meant, they still control their own fate and beat Islamabad United and seal a place in the play-off. A defeat too can take them to the next round provided Peshawar Zalmi lose one of their remaining two games. Their over dependency on Kumar Sangakkara and Shoaib Malik was evident as the tournament progressed while the likes of Ahmed Shehzad and Kieron Pollard haven't quite lived up to their expectation. Despite, possessing one of the strongest bowling attack in the tournament with Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan and Imran Tahir, they conceded 188 runs in the game against Karachi and it will be an area they will be keen to work on.

Islamabad are the most comfortably placed side and they need just one win from the remaining three games to reach the play-off but they will be having the top two finish in mind that will provide them two shots to reach the final. The winner of the inaugural edition. Their revival had much to do with the form of Luke Ronchi and JP Duminy. Ronchi has been in scintillating form scoring 71 and 77 in two out of his last three games while Duminy has been solid helping in providing a solid platform. Faheem Ashraf, Samit Patel and Mohammad Sami have been quite consistent with the ball but they will be desperately hoping for their ace spinner Shadab Khan to make an impact. However, they will miss the services of Rumman Raees, who is out injured.

Head to Head Record:

The last time these two teams met was in the 6th game of the tournament in which Raees led from a front with figures of 13 for three in restricting Multan to 113 and Islamabad chased down the target with ease with five wickets in hand.


Multan Sultans: Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Ahmed Shehzad, Darren Bravo, Sohaib Maqsood, Shoaib Malik (captain), Kieron Pollard, Saif Badar, Sohail Tanvir, Imran Tahir, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Abdullah Shafique, Kashif Bhatti, Nicholas Pooran, Shan Masood, Thisara Perera, Mohammad Abbas, Umar Gul, Umar Siddiq, Hardus Viljoen, Ross Whiteley

Islamabad United: Jean-Paul Duminy, Luke Ronchi (wk), Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Sahibzada Farhan, Hussain Talat, Samit Patel, Faheem Ashraf, Steven Finn, Mohammad Sami, Amad Butt, Sam Billings, Mohammad Hasan, Chadwick Walton, Samuel Badree, Rohail Nazir, Rumman Raees, Zafar Gohar, Iftikhar Ahmed

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