2021 Pakistan Super League – Lahore Qalandars vs Multan Sultans Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Lahore Qalandars vs Multan Sultans taking place? Friday 26th February, 2021 – 10:00 (UK)

Where is Lahore Qalandars vs Multan Sultans taking place? National Stadium, Karachi, Pakistan

Where can I get tickets for Lahore Qalandars vs Multan Sultans? Visit this website for the latest ticket information

What channel is Lahore Qalandars vs Multan Sultans on? This match will be televised live in the UK on Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream Lahore Qalandars vs Multan Sultans? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match live via the Sky Go app

THE TEAM NEWS

LAHORE QALANDARS

  • The Lahore Qalandars have made an excellent start to PSL 6 having won both of their matches played so far against Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators as their confidence and momentum from last year’s edition is carrying over into this tournament.
  • Their nine-wicket win over Quetta last time out was impressive thanks to the batting of Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Hafeez who smashed 82 runs from 52 balls and 73 from 33 respectively with some sensational hitting.
  • They have been dealt a blow by the early departure of Rashid Khan who has joined up with his national team Afghanistan and they will struggle to replace the star leg-spinner so that will see English duo Joe Denly and Tom Abell competing to replace him while Samit Patel is likely to take on more responsibility with the ball.

MULTAN SULTANS

  • In stark contrast to the Qalandars, the Multan Sultans have lost their opening two matches to Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi so they will be desperate to respond and break their duck at the third attempt of asking.
  • The Sultans will not have been too disappointed with many aspects of their play last time out as they batted well in posting 193/4 thanks to James Vince’s superb knock of 84 but they will have question marks over their bowling attack that struggled to slow Peshawar down.
  • Sohail Tanvir has struggled bowling at the death especially and none of their pace men are looking particularly convincing while Chris Lynn continues to struggle at the top of the order so there are several Sultans’ players under pressure coming into this game.

THE PREDICTION

The form book is clearly in favour of the Lahore Qalandars having won their first two matches but they will feel the loss of Rashid Khan notably. Batting is clearly the strength of both of these teams and this could be another high-scoring thriller. The Qalandars certainly had the better bowling attack with Rashid Khan in it, but they may still have the better unit even without him. The Sultans are not convincing from that perspective and they are relying heavily on Usman Qadir and Shahid Afridi. The greater flexibility and options within the Qalandars side along with their powerful batting line-up gives them the edge and they simply have to be favoured to beat the Sultans.

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