Multan Sultans vs Peshawar Zalmi 1st Semi Final Match Prediction
- After topping the table, Multan Sultans will hope the re-jigged play-off format does not cost them a place in the final.
- They are favourites for this match, having lost just twice in the group stage - one of which came after they had already sealed top spot with a victory against Peshawar Zalmi.
- That match was Zalmi's final group game as Sohail Tanvir's 3-26 bowled the Sultans to a three-run win but results elsewhere ensured they claimed the fourth semi-final spot anyway.
Multan Sultans vs Peshawar Zalmi 1st SF Match Prediction, PSL 2020
Group winners Multan Sultans take on fourth-placed Peshawar Zalmi in the first semi-final of this slightly reduced 2020 Pakistan Super League. A rejig of the play-off format means the PSL now has straight semi-finals rather than the original play-off structure, and the first game takes place at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, on March 17. The live action starts at 14:00 local time.
The Sultans won six of their eight group games to comfortably finish top of the table – their second defeat was after they had already secured top spot. They did that by beating Peshawar Zalmi in their most recent meeting – Sohail Tanvir’s 3-26 proving vital as they won by just three runs, defending 154/6.
That result left Peshawar Zalmi – who won four and lost five of their completed group games – relying on other results to go through. Their net run rate proved sufficient in the end, however, as they just about claimed the fourth semi-final spot.
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Peshawar Zalmi won the toss and elected to field first last time out, and Multan Sultans might elect to do the same if they win the toss this time.
Lahore will be clear, hot and sunny through the afternoon.
A fast wicket at the Gaddafi Stadium has produced plenty of runs so far.
Multan Sultans Team News & Playing 11
MS Team News
Rohail Nazir and Ravi Bopara have come into the team following the early departures of James Vince and Rilee Rossouw due to the coronavirus pandemic. After a couple of changes for their final PSL 2020 group game, they may revert to the team which beat Peshawar Zalmi when they last met.
MS Key Players
Shan Masood: With Rilee Rossouw having left early, the captain will be the man expected to provide runs and he has scored 253 of them so far.
Sohail Tanvir: Bowled brilliantly when these teams last met, recording figures of 3-26 to move past 350 wickets in T20 cricket.
Imran Tahir: The veteran leggie has starred in multiple T20 tournaments recently and this one has been no different – he has ten wickets so far, like Tanvir.
MS Team Form
Multan Sultans’ winning streak ended in their most recent game – though it had no bearing on their table-topping finish. The Sultans secured top spot when Sohail Tanvir bowled them to victory against Peshawar Zalmi, but they could not defend 186/6 after Khushdil Shah’s 70* from 29 balls last time out. Lahore Qalandars won by nine wickets with seven balls to spare – only Usman Qadir took a wicket as the Sultans rotated their bowling attack.
Multan Sultans Predicted Playing 11
Rohail Nazir, Zeeshan Ashraf (wk), Moeen Ali, Shan Masood (c), Ravi Bopara, Khushdil Shah, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Ali Shafiq, Imran Tahir, Mohammad Irfan
Peshawar Zalmi Team News & Playing 11
PSZ Team News
Peshawar Zalmi have been hit particularly hard by the early withdrawal of several players due to coronavirus fears. Tom Banton, Carlos Brathwaite, Liam Dawson, Liam Livingstone and Lewis Gregory all headed home, leaving them without an overseas player last time out. Wahab Riaz moved up to number three with the bat, while Mohammad Amir Khan, Adil Amin, Hammad Azam and Umar Amin all came into the team too, while Imam-ul-Haq returned and hit a half-century. They have little option but to field a similar team this time.
PSZ Key Players
Kamran Akmal: With none of the firepower provided by their overseas stars, Zalmi need their opener back to the form he showed at the start of the tournament, which he opened with scores of 43 and 101.
Shoaib Malik: Returned to top T20 form recently, having scored 68, 54, 62 and 30 in his last three innings. He is now just 108 runs short of 10,000 in his T20 career.
Wahab Riaz: A key bowler, and took 1-20 when these teams last met to move to 11 in the tournament so far, as well as now a pinch-hitting stand-in with the bat.
PSZ Team Form
Peshawar Zalmi had won two rain-affected matches against Quetta Gladiators and Islamabad United but lost to Lahore Qalandars and then suffered a three-run defeat to Multan Sultans in their most recent game. After their overseas stars flew home, Zalmi restricted the league leaders to 154/6 as Rahat Ali took 3-24. In reply, Imam-ul-Haq hit a half-century but they fell just short – finishing on 151/8.
Peshawar Zalmi Predicted Playing 11
Kamran Akmal (wk), Imam-ul-Haq, Haider Ali, Wahab Riaz (c), Shoaib Malik, Hammad Azam, Umar Amin, Mohammad Amir Khan, Hasan Ali, Rahat Ali, Yasir Shah
MS vs PSZ Head to Head
Victory last time out was Multan Sultans’ fourth in six games against Peshawar Zalmi and their second of the season. Sohail Tanvir was key to both wins, taking 4-13 as they bowled Zalmi out for 123 in their first meeting – the Sultans winning by six wickets – before he took 3-26 as they defended 154/6 to win by three runs last time.
MS vs PSZ Head to Head Stats
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