Multan Sultans Vs Peshawar Zalmi, Match no. 5, PSL 2023
Peshawar Zalmi will be looking to claim the number 1 spot in the points table as they take on the Multan Sultans on Friday in the latest season of the Pakistan Super League.
It was a brilliant bowling effort by the Sultans as they bowled out the Gladiators with just 110 runs on the board. Young Ihsanullah, who is playing his second season in the PSL bowled a superb spell, picking up 5 wickets for 12 runs in his 4 overs. During the chase, Mohammad Rizwan continued with his excellent form and scored an unbeaten 28. But it was Rilee Rossouw who stole the limelight by scoring 78 of 42 deliveries as the Sultans sailed through by 9 wickets, greatly improving their NRR. With the likes of Kieron Pollard, David Miller, and Khushdil Shah batting lower down the order, the Multan Sultans have one of the strongest batting line-ups in the PSL.
Peshawar Zalmi had a perfect start to the season as they defeated the Karachi Kings in the opening match. Babar Azam and Tom Kohler-Cadmore put up a 139-run partnership to help their team reach a mammoth 199 runs in 20 overs. The bowling effort was a bit underwhelming despite having such a huge total to defend and the match went down to the very last over. Peshawar did manage to hold their nerve and in the end, won the game by 2 runs. In addition to Babar Azam and Kohler-Cadmore, Peshawar Zalmi will depend on Mohammad Haris and Bhanuka Rajapaksa to score some runs here. Wahab Riaz will lead the pace attack and will be aided by Khurram Shahzad and Salman Irshad, while Shakib and Sufiyan Muqeem are the two spinners on the team.
PITCH AND CONDITIONS
The Multan Cricket Stadium has a good surface to bat on but it also does offer assistance to the bowlers, especially early on in the game. The average first-inning score here is around 165. However, the team batting first will be looking to score over 180 to feel safe. The weather is expected to be clear with temperatures ranging from 19-25 degrees Celsius.
MS VS PZ TOSS PREDICTION
The team winning the toss will likely opt to bowl first here.
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