PSL 2020 – Multan Sultans vs Peshawar Zalmi Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Multan Sultans vs Peshawar Zalmi taking place? Tuesday 17th March, 09:00 (UK)

Where is Multan Sultans vs Peshawar Zalmi taking place? Gaddafi Stadium

What is the expected weather for Multan Sultans vs Peshawar Zalmi? 26c in sunny skies

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

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

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

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Multan Sultans beat Peshawar Zalmi by 3 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

MULTAN SULTANS

  • Multan Sultans lost for just the second time in PSL 5 as their final game of the round robin stage ended in defeat against Lahore Qalandars but they are unlikely to be too deterred by that after they tinkered with their line-up.
  • Moeen Ali opened the batting but that decision backfired as he was removed for just one run and despite a superb 70* from Khushdil Shah, that he achieved off just 29 balls, the Sultans’ total of 186 for the loss of six wickets did not prove to be enough.
  • The bowling unit failed to handle the quality of Chris Lynn who whacked an unbeaten 113 and that knock proved decisive as the Sultans fell to a nine-wicket loss with Multan likely to adjust their batting line-up once again as they look to fill the void left by James Vince.

PESHAWAR ZALMI

  • Peshawar Zalmi lost to Multan Sultans in their last game but it did not prevent them from progressing to the semi-finals of the Pakistan Super League as they edged Quetta Gladiators into the final spot thanks to a superior net run-rate.
  • Zalmi did a relatively good job with the ball as they restricted the Sultans to 154/6 but with their batting line-up severely weakened, Peshawar were unable to muster enough runs to complete the job as they fell agonisingly short by just 3 runs.
  • In the absence of head coach James Foster as well as a host of overseas players following their exit because of the coronavirus outbreak, Zalmi will have it all to do against a team that they have lost two on both occasions so far in this tournament.

THE PREDICTION

Multan Sultans have long looked like the best side in this competition but that will count for nothing if they fail to overcome Peshawar Zalmi in this semi-final. The Sultans defeated Zalmi on both occasions during the round robin stage and will believe they have enough to come out on top. Peshawar have been disrupted more than any other team by the coronavirus after losing no less than five of their players along with their head coach and their absence is likely to prove crucial. Even with some of their better players in the line-up, they would have found it tough going against the Sultans but missing so much firepower with both bat and ball should see them fall short with Multan able to progress to their maiden final.

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