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

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THE FACTS

When is Multan Sultans vs Lahore Qalandars taking place? Friday 18th June, 2021 – 17:00 (UK)

Where is Multan Sultans vs Lahore Qalandars taking place? Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Where can I get tickets for Multan Sultans vs Lahore Qalandars? No tickets are available as this match will take place without spectators

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

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

THE TEAM NEWS

MULTAN SULTANS

  • Multan Sultans were last in action this past Wednesday, securing a third successive Pakistan Super League triumph after thrashing Quetta Gladiators by 110 runs.
  • Opener Shan Masood starred with the bat, scoring 73, to help his side to 183/5 before the bowlers took over, with an outstanding team performance that saw every bowler utilised take at least one wicket in reducing Quetta to 73 all out.
  • The Sultans are expected to name an unchanged side in the match, although that may change depending on the condition of the pitch.

LAHORE QALANDARS

  • Lahore Qalandars fell to their third successive defeat last time out, after losing by seven runs to fierce rivals Karachi Kings, leaving their place in the top four now not as secure as it was earlier in the competition.
  • Most worrying for Lahore was that despite many of their batters gaining starts, none could go on and secure the big score that would have led them to victory, leading to questions about the state of the dressing room from a mental perspective.
  • The likes of spin-bowler Rashid Khan and Australian James Faulker shone with the ball and if any changes are to be made to the Lahore Qalandars side for this match, they will almost certainly be in the batting rather than the bowling.

THE PREDICTION

With Karachi Kings right behind both of these two sides, this match represents a huge one in terms of qualification to the playoffs of the Pakistan Super League. For Multan Sultans however, the match represents more of a free hit with a game in hand on their opponents. This could see them play with more freedom and far less nerves than Lahore, with the weight of losing their last two games heavily placed on the shoulders of Sohail Akhtar’s side. Multan were absolutely excellent with the ball last time out and provided they can repeat that performance and bat sensibly against Rashid Khan, then the Sultans should win this match.

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