Lahore Qalandars (LQ), the reigning champions, have again advanced to the Pakistan Super League finals, which are scheduled to take place on March 18 at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, after an outstanding run chase against Peshawar Zalmi in the second eliminator of the campaign. It is noteworthy that they will be competing against Multan Sultans (MS) in the important game, making it a repeat of last year’s championship.
The Sultans totally destroyed Lahore in the previous game, winning by a score of 84 runs. The Shaheen Shah Afridi-led team will face serious danger from veteran all-rounder Kieron Pollard, who is in excellent form with the bat and is capable of turning the tide of the match in the span of a few overs. But, captain Mohammad Rizwan is also playing some outstanding cricket and will be a serious danger in the championship game.
Sheldon Cottrell and Usama Mir both took three wickets with the ball in the previous game. While Abbas Afridi, a young bowler, has been outstanding thus far, the Qalandars batsmen must take good care of him since he has the capacity to dismantle any batting lineup.
Despite being one of the most dominant teams at this point in the season, Qalandars appeared to have lost their momentum. Despite their outstanding performance against Peshawar in the most recent game, the squad still has a lot of things to improve. Their middle order, for instance, has to be strengthened since even though Sikandar Raza and David Wiese have extensive experience, they have yet to demonstrate their superior batting ability. Even in the most recent game, even though the squad was successful in winning, opener Mirza Tahir Baig was the only player to struggle with the bat.
About their bowlers, Shaheen Afridi and Rashid Khan had a great start to the season but lost steam in the middle. But, Haris Rauf has been outstanding and will be crucial on the finals night, while Afridi and Rashid’s expertise will also be helpful.
Lahore Qalandars Vs Multan Sultans, Final, 34th Match, PSL 2023
Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
Date & Time: March 18, 2023, 7:00 PM PST
Telecast & Live Streaming: Daraz App, Tapmad TV, Jazz Tamasha
The Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore has so far provided a batter-friendly surface, but there are also opportunities for bowlers. Therefore, as it’s a pressure game, teams may choose to bat first but bowling first will be optimal in these situations. On this wicket, a decent score is anything above 175.
Probable Playing XI:
Lahore Qalandars (LQ):
Mirza Tahir Baig, Fakhar Zaman, Abdullah Shafique, Sam Billings (WK), Ahsan Bhatti, Sikandar Raza, David Wiese, Rashid Khan, Shaheen Afridi (C), Haris Rauf, Zaman Khan
Multan Sultans (MS):
Mohammad Rizwan (WK & C), Usman Khan, Rilee Rossouw, Kieron Pollard, Tim David, Khushdil Shah, Anwar Ali, Usama Mir, Abbas Afridi, Sheldon Cottrell, Ihsanullah
Probable Best Performers:
Probable best batter:
Mohammad Rizwan, the team’s captain, wants to take the lead and steal the show at Gaddafi Stadium in order to plan the ideal act of vengeance for their loss from the previous year. With 516 runs scored in 11 matches, he has played outstandingly thus far in the competition, moving him into second place overall for runs scored. On the night of the final, Multan Sultans will be hoping that he can eliminate the opponents from the game.
Probable Best Bowler:
Abbas Afridi is unquestionably the tournament’s best find. The 21-year-old has taken 23 wickets in his first 10 matches, making him the tournament’s best wicket-taker at the moment. Multan’s management is hoping that the young player may help them win their second championship in history because he is one of the factors contributing to their success this season.
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