Time: Feb 18, 3 PM IST
Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
The average first and second innings scores at Lahore read 184 and 164 respectively this season. The team batting first has won 6 of 9 games. That being said, Quetta has managed to chase down a mammoth total of 200.
Probable XI for Multan: Shan Masood, Mohammad Rizwan (c & wk), Rilee Rossouw, Tim David, Khushdil Shah, Aamer Azmat, Asif Afridi, Rumman Raees, Imran Tahir, Blessing Muzarabani, Shahnawaz Dahani
Probable XI for Quetta: Jason Roy, Will Smeed, James Vince, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Iftikhar Ahmed, Umar Akmal, Noor Ahmad, Sohail Tanvir, Naseem Shah, Ghulam Mudassar, Khurram Shahzad
We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
With 396 runs at 49.5, Shan Masood is the highest run-scorer for Multan this season. He has been so consistent that he has only one single-digit score and his second-lowest score is 26. To make things more fascinating for the fantasy players, he was adjudged the Player of the Match in the previous game against Quetta for his knock of 88 off 58.
Will Smeed scored a scintillating 99 after his return from injury. Before that, he had scores of 97, 30, and 30.
Khushdil Shah and Imran Tahir have taken 13 wickets each, giving away runs below 7 RPO.
3 of Mohammad Rizwan’s 4 fifties have come in the second innings. He seems to be more organised while batting second.
Naseem Shah has been an all-or-nothing player this season. His 11 wickets include a four- and five-wicket haul. He has otherwise gone wicketless four times.
After his hundred against Islamabad, Jason Roy has scored 54, 0, and 13. His job is to go all guns blazing right away and hence is likely to misfire on some days.
Ahsan Ali has been excellent at building on his starts, scoring only two single-digit scores in seven innings.
Multan and Quetta engaged in a thrilling contest earlier this season. Quetta fought tooth and nail but fell prey to Multan’s spectacular bowling, eventually losing all 10 wickets and falling short by 6 runs. While Multan sit comfortably at the top of the points table, Quetta are stuttering at the fifth position – the major difference being their bowling attacks.
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