Run-making is relatively easier in the first innings, owing to which the team defending a score has won the last four games at Lahore.
Probable XI for Multan: Mohammad Rizwan (c & wk), Shan Masood, Tim David, Khushdil Shah, Rilee Rossouw, Asif Afridi, Imran Tahir, Shahnawaz Dahani, Rumman Raees, David Willey, Aamer Azmat
Probable XI for Islamabad: Mubasir Khan, Danish Aziz, Muhammad Akhlaq, Asif Ali (c), Azam Khan (wk), Faheem Ashraf, Liam Dawson, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Zahir Khan, Waqas Maqsood, Marchant de Lange
We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
In nine matches, Shan Masood has been dismissed for a single-digit score only once. With 4 fifties to his credit, he is the second-highest run-getter (453) in the tournament.
Not only did Mohammad Rizwan remain unbeaten on 83 in his previous outing, but he has also piled on 428 runs at 61.14. His wicket-keeping skills too have helped fantasy players.
Khushdil Shah has been a surprise package in this edition. He has taken the most wickets (15) for Multan. Although Khushdil hasn’t fired with the willow, he is still expected to bat in the top-order, which helps in fantasy leagues.
With 19 sixes for the tournament, Tim David is not the one to be ignored. There are bonus fantasy points available for every shot that clears the rope.
After going wicketless for six consecutive games, Faheem Ashraf has finally responded with consecutive, three-wicket hauls. He is also known for his big-hitting down the order.
Rilee Rossouw’s match-winning knock of 71 from 26 balls in the last game is inarguably one of the highlights of this season. His brutal hitting comprised of 9 fours and 4 sixes.
Wicket-keeper batter Azam Khan can blow hot and cold. That said, we saw what he did against Peshawar a few nights ago. He has also inflicted 8 dismissals with the gloves.
Waqas Maqsood continues to impress with the ball. He has been the best bowler for his side by a distance. With 11 wickets in six appearances, Maqsood has proved his worth.
Multan have dominated the league stages with eight wins in nine outings. On the other hand, Islamabad have lost two games in a row and were also beaten by Multan earlier in the tournament.
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