Both teams have lost each of their last three matches. While Multan Sultans have been able to win only two matches out of nine, Qalandars have three wins. The last time that the two teams met, Lahore Qalandars were successful in winning the match by six wickets on the back of half-centuries from Fakhar Zaman and AB de Villiers as the team scored in excess of 200.
However, de Villiers has withdrawn himself from the remainder of the tournament due to an injury. Likewise, Mohammad Hafeez, Brendan Taylor and Ryan ten Doeschate have also been ruled out.
Sohail Akhtar is now the highest run-scorer for Lahore Qalandars with 236 runs from eight matches. Fakhar Zaman is at the second spot. Among the bowlers, Haris Rauf has taken 11 wickets while Rahat Ali has 10. Sandeep Lamichhane would be the team's x-factor and has picked up 11 wickets from just six matches.
Multan Sultans made three changes in the last match as Hammad Azam, Chris Green and Mohammad Irfan came in for Tom Moores, Shahid Afridi and Nauman Ali. Johnson Charles, James Vince and Shoaib Malik would be the leading batters while all-rounders Shahid Afridi and Dan Christian would be expected to make a mark in both the departments.
Lahore Qalandars- Fakhar Zaman, Anton Devcich, Haris Sohail, Riki Wessels, Sohail Akhtar, Umair Masood, David Wiese, Sandeep Lamichhane, Haris Rauf, Rahat Ali, Aizaz Cheema
Multan Sultans- Umar Siddiq, James Vince, Johnson Charles, Shoaib Malik, Dan Christian, Shahid Afridi, Chris Green, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Nauman Ali, Mohammad Ilyas
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – Lahore Qalandars
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) –Shoaib Malik (Multan Sultans), Fakhar Zaman (Lahore Qalandars)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Junaid Khan (Multan Sultans), Sandeep Lamichhane (Lahore Qalandars)
Most Sixes – Shoaib Malik (Multan Sultans), Fakhar Zaman (Lahore Qalandars)
Team Scores Batting First – Multan Sultans 150+, Lahore Qalandars 160+
*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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