Quetta Gladiators take on Multan Sultans in the seventh match of the 2022 edition of PSL on Monday at National Stadium in Karachi. Both sides would be pretty happy with how they have performed thus far in the tournament.
Multan Sultans have won both the games they have played this season, while the Gladiators have one win in two matches. Ahead of a highly anticipated clash between the two sides, here’s a look at how these two teams stack up.
QUE vs MUL: Match Preview, PSL 2022- Quetta Gladiators vs Multan Sultans, Pakistan Super League 2022 Match 07
The defending champions have carried on from where they left last year. They won the tournament last year and might win this year as well, given how they are playing. Multan Sultans are coming into the encounter on the back of two consecutive wins. They are yet to lose a game and would be eying their third consecutive win on Monday.
The top three comprising of Mohammed Rizwan, Shan Masood, and Sohaib Maqsood have scored the bulk of the runs scored in the first two matches. They chased a 200-plus target in the last game, which tells you how well the team is batting at the moment.
All three players will, once again, have the onus of scoring the bulk of the runs. Besides, these three, one player to watch out for would be Khushdil Shah. He played a massive role in helping the team win the last game. Needing 16 runs in the final over, Khushdil Shah finished the game in just 4 balls. Besides, he picked one wicket for 14 runs in 2 overs.
The bowlers, however, went for plenty of runs and need to show a bit more disciplined with their line and lengths.
Much like Multan, batting remains the strength of Quetta Gladiators. They have managed to post formidable totals on the board in both the games they have played. The bulk of the runs has been scored by the opening pair of Ahsan Ali and Will Smeed. Both are in top form and are likely to come good on Monday as well.
The middle-0rder hasn’t been tested yet and they might not get to bat on Monday as well because Multan Sultans aren’t bowling too well. Ben Duckett is yet to play a good knock with the bat. He, unfortunately, got run out cheaply in the last game and would be desperate to contribute significantly in what will be his third outing this season.
With the ball, Naseem Shah picked a five-wicket haul, while giving away only 20 runs in 3.3 overs. He would be riding high on confidence. Sohail Tanvir found swing early on and finished with returns of 2 for 29 in 4 overs.