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by Alastair Symondson Monday 25 February 2019
However, they beat Islamabad United when the two teams last met on the back of a half-century from Luke Ronchi.
Islamabad United have had to make a couple changes due to injuries to Ian Bell and Mohammed Sami. Opener Luke Ronchi continued his form in the last match with a 35-ball 67 and now has 166 runs from five matches. Apart from him, Asif Ali and Hussain Talat have made some useful contributions and remain the mainstays of the team's middle order.
The team also has Faheem Ashraf who has impressed with his all-round performances. He last picked up three wickets against Karachi Kings.
Multan Sultans have swapped a few players in order to find the winning combination but have not been successful till now. They brought in Shahid Afridi, Johnson Charles and Chris Green in the last match while Laurie Evans and Andre Russell were benched.
Captain Shoaib Malik has been their leading batsman with 168 runs from five innings. James Vince, Umar Siddiq and Johnson Charles have also shown potential but need to be a bit more consistent. The team would get a lot of balance from all-rounders Shahid Afridi and Dan Christian.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams.
Islamabad United- Luke Ronchi, Sahibzada Farhan, Cameron Delport, Hussain Talat, Wayne Parnell, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Samit Patel, Shadab Khan, Rumman Raees, Muhammad Musa
Multan Sultans- Umar Siddiq, James Vince, Johnson Charles, Shoaib Malik, Andre Russell, Dan Christian, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Ilyas
Who will win? – Islamabad United
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) –Luke Ronchi (Islamabad United), Shoaib Malik (Multan Sultans)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Shadab Khan (Islamabad United), Junaid Khan (Multan Sultans)
Most Sixes – Asif Ali (Islamabad United), Shoaib Malik (Multan Sultans)
Team Scores Batting First – Islamabad United 165+, Multan Sultans 150+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.
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