PSL Match 17: LQ vs MS Preview

PSL Match 17: LQ vs MS Preview
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PSL Match 17: LQ vs MS Preview

The 17th game of PSL 2022 will be played between the Lahore Qalandars and Multan Sultans at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.

Multan Sultans are the best team of PSL 2022 after 16 games. They have played 6 and are yet to lose a game in the tournament. Their squad is very well balanced and everyone is sticking to their strengths and that's the main reason for their unbeaten performance. Shan Masood is the second highest run scorer of PSL 2022 and he alongside the ever consistent Mohammad Rizwan, gives them a great start in almost every game. Then they have the likes of Tim David, Rilee Roussouw, Sohaib Maqsood, etc who can just take the momentum forward and score plenty of runs in the death overs.

Shahnawaz Dahani, Imran Tahir, Blessing Muzarabani, David Willey, etc have been exceptional with the ball assisting the batters well. Tahir is the second highest wicket-taker at the moment in PSL 2022. Multan are on a winning streak and they'll look to keep it going. 

Lahore Qalandars, meanwhile, are one of the best teams of the tournament. They too have a very balanced squad and are playing really good cricket as well. Fakhar Zaman and Abdullah Shafique open for them. Zaman, currently, is the highest run scorer in PSL 2022 while Shafique has been in good form as well. The likes of Phil Salt and Harry Brook have strengthened the middle-order. Brook in particular has played two excellent cameos in the death overs.

Their bowling is one of the best in the competition with Rashid Khan, Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf form the core of their bowling. Zaman Khan and David Wiese have assisted them really well. Lahore lost their last game and will be eyeing a return on the winning track. 


Probable Playing XI

Lahore Qalandars: Fakhar Zaman, Abdullah Shafique, Kamran Ghulam, Mohammad Hafeez, Philip Salt (wk), Harry Brook, David Wiese, Rashid Khan, Shaheen Afridi (c), Haris Rauf, Zaman Khan

Multan Sultans: Shan Masood, Mohammad Rizwan (c & wk), Sohaib Maqsood, Rilee Rossouw, Tim David, Khushdil Shah, Abbas Afridi, Anwar Ali, Imran Tahir, Blessing Muzarabani


Pitch Report

The wicket at Lahore wasn't the same as Karachi but it is really good for batting as well. The batters played their shots on this wicket. Spinners got some purchase off the pitch and it's expected to be the same in this game as well. 
Teams will look to chase but teams batting 1st have won 9 out of the last 10 games in PSL 2022. Chasing sides have won 8 out of 14 games played here. 


Head to Head
Overall: Multan leads 6-4
Last 5 matches: Multan leads 3-2
Average Team score: MS 166, LQ 156


Match Ups

Multan Sultans
Rizwan vs Haris: 50 runs off 32 balls with 2 dismissals 
Masood vs Haris : 40 runs off 27 balls with no dismissals
Rossouw vs Haris : 20 runs off 15 balls with 3 dismissals
Rizwan vs Shaheen: 36 runs off 31 balls with 2 dismissals

Lahore Qalandars
Fakhar vs Tahir : 44 runs off 32 balls with 1 dismissal
Hafeez vs Tahir : 38 runs at SR 97 with 1 dismissal
Hafeez vs Dahani : 18 runs off 6 balls with no dismissals
Fakhar vs Muzabarani : 44 runs off 39 balls with 2 dismissals
Hafeez vs Muzabarani : 7 runs off 9 balls with 2 dismissals


Key Players

Lahore Qalandars

●    Fakhar Zaman: Fakhar is averaging 71.20 with a strike rate of 173.65 and is the highest run scorer in the league with 356 runs in 5 games. He is in sublime form and will look to continue the same. 
●    Harry Brook: Harry Brook has played only two innings but has scored 78 runs at a strike rate of 181.39. He has helped them to score 15-20 extra runs with his late hitting down the order. 
●    Shaheen Afridi: Skipper Shaheen Afridi is one of the best pacers in world cricket at the moment. He swings the ball in the power play and bowls yorkers and slower balls in the death overs. Afridi has 7 wickets in 5 games.
●    Rashid Khan: Rashid has been an excellent utility player for Lahore. He can tonk the ball at number 7 and is the best leg spinner in the shortest format.

Multan Sultans

●    Shan Masood: Masood is the second highest run scorer with 343 runs at an average of 57.16 and a 148.48 strike-rate to go with that. He has been the aggressor in the power play for Multan.  
●    Mohammad Rizwan: Rizwan is one of the best keeper batters in the shortest format and amongst the best openers as well. He has 3 half-centuries to his name with 249 runs at an average of 49.80 and striking at 131.74. 
●    Khushdil Shah: Khushdil Shah has proved to be an excellent all-rounder for Multan. He has 12 wickets in 6 games with an economy of 6.11 and bowling strike-rate of just 8.7. He is only behind Shadab Khan in the most wickets race. 
●    Tim David: Tim David is at his destructive best in PSL 2022. He has scored 197 runs at an average of 65.66 and his strike rate is 207.36. David has already hit 18 sixes i.e. 3 sixes per match.  He is the main reason for Multans big scores this season. 


Fantasy Tips

●    Fakhar Zaman
●    Shan Masood
●    Tim David
●    Rashid Khan
●    Shaeen Afridi
●    Mohammad Rizwan

Dream 11 Team

Disclaimer:  These teams are based on the writer's understanding of the game and do not guarantee to win in fantasy cricket. Users are advised to create their own teams with the information provided.

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