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PSL 2018: Match 16 - Peshawar Zalmi v Multan Sultans - Preview

Hasan Ali picked three wickets on his first game in PSL 2018
Hasan Ali picked three wickets on his first game in PSL 2018
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Game: 16th Match: Peshawar Zalmi vs Multan Sultans
Venue: Peshawar Zalmi vs Multan Sultans
Timings: 04:00 PM GMT / 08:00 PM Local

The battle for the top place is on the cards when Peshawar Zalmi and Multan Sultans lock horns with each other in the 16th game of the Pakistan Super League at Dubai International Stadium on Tuesday.

Both the teams are coming off with massive wins in their previous game with Multan with their stunning bowling display that includes three-wicket hauls for Sohail Tanvir and Imran Tahir, with the latter even going on to claim a hat-trick to bowl out Quetta Gladiators for 102. The batting though was a step even better with Kumar Sangakkara notching his third half-century in four innings and with Ahmed Shehzad, Sohaib Maqsood, Shoaib Malik and Kieron Pollard they look a fairly settled unit. They are one of the few PSL teams to remain unaffected by players leaving for international duty as they hardly have Bangladesh and Sri Lanka contingent.

Liam Dawson replaced injured Darren Sammy for the Zalmis and in his first outing he went on to claim a man of the match award and was instrumental along with Hasan Ali in dismissing Lahore Qalandars for just 100. Tamim Iqbal and Sabbir Rahman will have to head to Sri Lanka for the Nidahas Trophy which might present an opportunity for someone like Ross Whiteley or Nicholas Pooran to make an impact. The form of Wahab Riaz in the tournament has also been a pleasing factor for the Zalmis though an area of lacking will be an all-rounder role which has gone missing since Shahid Afridi was traded to Karachi Kings.

Head to Head Record:

Both the teams met in the opening game of the tournament in which Multan emerged victorious riding on fluent knocks from Sangakkara and Malik.

Squads:

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

Peshawar Zalmi: Tamim Iqbal, Kamran Akmal (wk), Dwayne Smith, Mohammad Hafeez (captain), Sabbir Rahman, Liam Dawson, Khalid Usman, Wahab Riaz, Umaid Asif, Hasan Ali, Sameen Gul, Hammad Azam, Haris Sohail, Andre Fletcher, Khushdil Shah, Saad Nasim, Ibtisam Sheikh

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