PSL 5 Match 29th: The caravan of the 2020 variant of this Pakistan Super League has attained its company end and we’re into the last three league-stage fixtures. The 29th game will observe table-toppers Multan Sultans lock horns from Lahore Qalandars. In what’s a do-or-die experience for the latter. So much as qualifying for your semi-finals is concerned.
On account of this ever-escalating danger of the pandemic that’s the novel coronavirus. The PCB rejigged the program, substituting the playoffs with conventional semi-finals, each of which is played March 17th. Table-toppers Multan Sultans have sealed their place in the semi-finals.
They’ll come in their closing group-stage experience against Qalanders, riding on the rear of a three-run win against Peshawar Zalmi after dazzling charms from Sohail Tanvir [3-26] and Ali Shafiq [2-31] assisted them shield 6-154.
Lahore Qalandars, on the other hand, will encounter this match, knowing pretty well that they will need to acquire it if they are to make their way to the top-4. Qalandars had an abysmal start to their campaign four of the first five matches. Including a five-wicket defeat Multan Sultans from the championship.
However, the Sohail Akhtar-led device was able to receive their campaign back on course courtesy a three-match winning series. Which was finally broken thanks to some whirlwind 151-run opening stand between Babar Azam and Sharjeel Khan in their final fixture.
Pitch & Weather Conditions
A sunny and bright day is likely in Lahore on Sunday. According to the weather report, the temperatures will vary between a minimum of 12 to a maximum of 24 degrees celsius.
The previous two finished games in Lahore are high scoring fittings where the pursuing side readily overhauled the goals of 188. However, those were D/N fittings and dew played a significant part throughout the run-chase. With Sunday’s game set for a day rug, either side – particularly Lahore Qalandars- will seem to bat and use the choke on the resistance later.
In the lack of international players such as James Vince and Rilee Rossouw– both of whom have returned for their own various nations – that the onus of spearheading the batting-unit would probably be on openers Rohail Nazir and Zeeshan Ashraf, who are now off by a whirlwind half-century [52 off 39 balls] against Zalmi from the previous game.
Moeen Ali and Ravi Bopara didn’t have a fantastic outing with the bat in the previous match. And at the lack of Rossouw, the onus will be on the duo to bring their expertise to the table with both ball and bat. Khushdil Shah’s overdue blitz [30* off 20 balls] proven to be the gap in the previous match and Multan will probably be hoping for an encore in the all-rounder.
So far as bowling is concerned, Sohai Tanvir will once more direct the fast-bowling unit combined with Ali Shafiq. Both of whom were instrumental in Multan protecting their complete in the previous match – whereas the spin section is going to be lead by experienced campaigners at Imran Tahir and Shahid Afridi.
Probable XI: Zeeshan Ashraf (WK), Rohail Nazir, Moeen Ali, Shan Masood (C), Ravi Bopara, Khushdil Shah, Shahid Afridi, Imran Tahir, Ali Shafiq, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Irfan
All those Qalandars top-4- Fakhar Zaman, Sohail Akhtar, Chris Lynn, and Ben Dunk. Have notched a 50+ dent in their previous three fixtures. The quartet will once more act as the bedrock of the batting unit.
Mohammad Hafeez and Samt Patel are going to be crucial from the middle-overs together with the bat in addition to using the ball. So far as bowling is concerned, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, and Dilbar Hussain can direct the pacers department.
Probable XI: Chris Lynn, Fakhar Zaman, Ben Dunk (wk), Mohammad Hafeez, Sohail Akhtar (c), David Wiese. Samit Patel, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Dilbar Hussain, Maaz Khan
Zeeshan Ashraf- Multan Sultans | Ben Dunk- Lahore Qalandars
Live Streaming: Cricket GateWay
Match Timings: 14:30 IST, 14:00 neighborhood
The forecast is for Multan Sultans to acquire the game
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