PSL 2020 – Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans taking place? Sunday 8th March, 09:00 (UK)

Where is Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans taking place? Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium

What is the expected weather for Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans? 15c but thunderstorms could cause delays

What channel is Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans on? This match will be televised live on HUM Masala (Sky Channel 720)

Where can I stream Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans? Full match replays and highlights can be streamed on https://www.cricketgateway.com

Where can I get tickets for Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans? Ticket information for all PSL 2020 fixtures can be found here

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Islamabad United beat Multan Sultans by 8 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

ISLAMABAD UNITED

  • Islamabad United were left to rue the weather as their superb effort with the bat proved in vain as they fell to a narrow defeat against Peshawar Zalmi via the D/L method which means they have only won one of their last four matches in which play has been possible.
  • United continued their solid form with the bat as they made 195/5 with Colin Munro carrying in his good form which a second consecutive half-century but he was outshone lower down the order by skipper Shadab Khan who struck a wonderful 77 off just 42 balls.
  • There have been a few concerns regarding the bowling unit so far in this tournament and that was the case again as Zalmi scored 85/2 off nine overs which put them ahead of the DLS score as the teams came off for rain and that proved to be decisive.

MULTAN SULTANS

  • After winning their last three matches, Multan Sultans will be thankful of the rain arriving in their clash against Karachi Kings which forced an abandonment during their innings with the bat.
  • They were struggling to get the ball away and were reduced to 53/5 inside the 11th over but that brought Shahid Afridi to the crease and he took it as an opportunity to entertain the crowd with a brilliant unbeaten 35 from just 17 balls.
  • He was helping the Sultans move towards some kind of total that they could defend as they reached 102/6 with 19 balls remaining but the rain brought an end to that revival and they will now hope for better conditions as they face Islamabad United.

THE PREDICTION

Islamabad will compete in their ninth match of PSL 5 as they face Multan Sultans and it is a game they really cannot afford to lose. With the tournament approaching the latter stages of the round robin phase, United have seven points to their name and failure to win this game could leave them in danger of missing out on the play-offs. Multan have been in great form but were faltering before the rain came to their rescue in the last game, although that reprieve should allow them to refocus and improve here. The Sultans boast the better bowling unit and that is likely to prove to be the difference with both teams capable of scoring big.

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