Time: 16th Feb, 8 PM IST
Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
After six games at Lahore, it is fair to assume that run-making is easier in the first innings. In fact, the team defending a score has won four out of six games.
Probable 11 for Multan: Mohammad Rizwan (c & wk), Shan Masood, Sohaib Maqsood, Tim David, Khushdil Shah, Johnson Charles/Rilee Rossouw, Anwar Ali, Abbas Afridi, Imran Tahir, Shahnawaz Dahani, Blessing Muzarabani/David Willey
Probable 11 for Karachi: Babar Azam (c), Sharjeel Khan, Imad Wasim, Qasim Akram, Mohammad Nabi, Joe Clarke (wk), Chris Jordan, Jordan Thompson, Mir Hamza, Umaid Asif, Sahibzada Farhan
We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
Mohammad Rizwan is the third-highest run-getter (269) this season, with the highest score of 82. He also remained unbeaten on 52 against Karachi earlier in the tournament.
Babar Azam has been the best batter for Karachi. His scores this season read 23, 32, 41, 90*, 8, 59, 13.
Imran Tahir and Khushdil Shah are leading the wickets column for Multan. They have each taken 12 wickets each in seven games.
Shan Masood has impressed one and all with his matured batting. He is the second-highest run-getter (351) in the tournament.
Chris Jordan has proved to be expensive, but he has been a strike bowler for his side. Jordan has bagged 6 wickets in three games.
Although Karachi lost their previous game by a run, Imad Wasim stood tall with his all-round performance. Besides picking two wickets, Imad also smashed 55 off 28 deliveries.
Sharjeel Khan is known for his inconsistency. That said, he got a brisk 44 in the last game. Not to be forgotten, he also scored 43 against Multan earlier in the league.
Karachi are languishing at the bottom of the points table with seven defeats in as many games. They have no chance of qualifying for the playoffs. On the other hand, Multan have only lost one out of seven matches and are sitting pretty at the top.