Pakistan Super League’s newest franchise Multan Sultans look to get a one step closer to the play-offs with a win against twice runners-up Quetta Gladiators in the only match in Dubai on Wednesday.
The 5.2 million dollars per year franchise, Multan Sultans have won four of their six matches with one rained off. If they win again against Sarfraz Ahmed’s led team, then they will be almost through to the playoffs considering Lahore can only go to ten points if they win all their remaining five matches and cannot catch the Sultans sitting pretty at the top with nine points.
Karachi Kings are placed second with seven points in five games.
Multan has been showing a lot of balance in both batting and bowling departments. In their last outing, they smashed the highest total of PSL 3 so far of 183-3 against title holders Peshawar Zalmi on Tuesday night.
Pakistan’s discarded Sohaib Maqsood smashed this season’s highest individual score of 85 off just 42 balls with seven sixes and four boundaries while Sohail Tanvir and Kieron Pollard shared six wickets to lead an impressive 19-run win.
On the other hand, Quetta have just four points from their five matches and will not afford any hiccups against Sultans, against whom they lost their first match by a nine-wicket margin in Sharjah.
Quetta will welcome the return of Kevin Pietersen who had gone to India and on his return missed the last game due to tiredness. Asad Shafiq’s axing also does not suit Quetta who fell for 102 against Multan where leg spinner Imran tahir achieved a hat-trick.
Toss will again be crucial as dew in the evening makes life tough for bowlers, despite the fact that Multan bowled superbly against Peshawar.