Lahore Qalandars vs Multan Sultans Match Prediction, PSL 2020
Lahore Qalandars and Multan Sultans get their 2020 Pakistan Super League campaigns underway when they meet at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, on February 21. The match is scheduled to get underway at 19:00 local time.
The two teams are looking to improve on missing out on the play-offs last season. They both won just three of their ten matches and finished in fifth and sixth place.
Lahore’s response has been to keep faith with last season’s team, but add a little quality in the form of Chris Lynn. Multan Sultans have torn up their team and started again, however.
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The Gaddafi Stadium tends to be a bat-first wicket, judging by recent results.
The evening is due to get humid but there is only the slimmest chance of rain on an otherwise clear night.
A good pace to the Gaddafi Stadium wicket means it tends to favour fast bowling and big hitting.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for Lahore Qalandars vs Multan Sultans, Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020.
Lahore Qalandars Team News & Playing 11
LHQ Team News
Chris Lynn arrives as a platinum pick but Lahore have kept the bulk of last year’s team together. Lendl Simmons has withdrawn due to personal reasons, with Dane Vilas replacing him.
LHQ Key Players
Haris Rauf: One of the surprise stars of the winter, stepping into the Big Bash League as a late replacement and becoming one of Melbourne Star’ key players – earning international recognition on the back of his performances there.
Chris Lynn: The big-hitting opener adds serious quality at the top of the order, as he closes in on 5,000 T20 runs. He has a strike rate of 142.49 in the format.
Shaheen Afridi: Another player likely to be key for Pakistan at the T20 World Cup later this year, the teenager has already made his mark in T20 cricket with 42 wickets in 33 innings.
LHQ Team Form
Defeat to Multan Sultans in their most recent meeting meant Lahore Qalandars finished bottom of the Pakistan Super League table last season. They won just three of their ten matches in total and lost their last four in a row.
Lahore Qalandars Predicted Playing 11
Fakhar Zaman (c), Chris Lynn, Mohammad Hafeez, Sohail Akhtar, Dane Vilas (wk), David Wiese, Samit Patel, Dilbar Hussain, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Usman Shinwari
Multan Sultans Team News & Playing 11
MS Team News
Suggestions Moeen Ali would miss part of the tournament due to England commitments have proved wide of the mark, with the all-rounder continuing his break from test duty. Moeen and Rilee Rossouw were two platinum picks, while Ravi Bopara and Sohail Tanvir also arrived in this year’s draft. Wayne Madsen fills in for Fabian Allen while the Jamaican is on international duty with the West Indies.
MS Key Players
Moeen Ali: His continued test absence for England is a bonus for the Sultans. He proved his T20 form with a key contribution with the bat as England beat South Africa last week.
Sohail Tanvir: The left-arm paceman is a dangerous customer in this format, and his record of 340 T20 wickets in 321 innings proves his value.
Shahid Afridi: The veteran all-rounder has lost some of his aura as he approaches his 40th birthday but his big-hitting batting and canny leg-spin bowling means he remains as popular as ever on the T20 circuit.
MS Team Form
Victory when these teams last met was just Multan Sultans’ third of the tournament but it was enough for them to finish fifth, ahead of the Qalandars, on net run rate. They had lost six of their previous seven matches, however, and missed out on the play-offs by quite some way as a result.
Multan Sultans Predicted Playing 11
James Vince, Moeen Ali, Rilee Rossouw, Shan Masood (c), Khushdil Shah, Shahid Afridi, Rohail Nazir (wk), Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Imran Tahir
Lahore Qalandars vs Multan Sultans Team Form in Last Five Matches
LHQ : L L L L W
MS : W L L L W
LHQ vs MS Head to Head
Lahore Qalandars and Multan Sultans have each won two of their four previous matches against each other. Most recently, Fakhar Zaman hit 53 as the Qalandars posted 140/8 after Mohammad Abbas (3-22) and Shahid Afridi (2-18) kept the scoring down. In reply, the Sultans needed just 12.3 overs to wrap up a seven-wicket win.
LHQ vs MS Head to Head Stats
Lahore Qalandars vs Multan Sultans Betting Odds
Lahore Qalandars are favourites to start with a win against Multan Sultans.
LHQ Bet365 Odds
LHQ to Win the Match: Lahore Qalandars can be backed at 1.66 to win with Bet365.
LHQ Top Batsman: Big-money signing Chris Lynn is 3.40 favourite to be Lahore Qalandars’ top team batsman with Bet365, while Fakhar Zaman is 3.75 and Mohammad Hafeez can be backed at 4.50. Dane Vilas is 5.50 with Bet365.
LHQ Top Bowler: In-form Haris Rauf is 3.50 favourite to be the Qalandars’ top team bowler, while Usman Shinwari and Shahan Afridi can both be backed at 4.33. Samit Patel and Mohammad Hafeez are both 5.50.
MS Bet365 Odds
MS to Win the Match: Multan Sultans are 2.20 outsiders with Bet365 to beat Lahore Qalandars.
MS Top Batsman: Rilee Rossouw is 4.00 favourite to be Multan Sultans’ top team batsman, while James Vince is 4.33 and Moeen Ali can be backed at 4.50. Shan Masood is 5.50, while young wicket-keeper-batsman Rohail Nazir is 13.00.
MS Top Bowler: Junaid Khan is 4.00 to be Multan Sultans’ top team bowler with Bet365, while Imran Tahir is the same price. Shahid Afridi is 4.33, while Sohail Tanvir and Mohammad Irfan are both 4.50.
Lahore Qalandars vs Multan Sultans Prediction
Lahore Qalandars won the last match between these two teams and are favourites to start with a win this tiem
Back Lahore Qalandars to beat Multan Sultans at 1.66 with Bet365.
With it unclear which of Dane Vilas and Ben Dunk will take the wicket-keeper-batsman spot for Lahore Qalandars, Multan Sultans’ Rohail Nazir – the Pakistan Under-19 captain and Sultans vice-captain – could be a money-saving, safer option at eight credits.
Chris Lynn’s acquisition is big news for Lahore Qalandars up the order and even at 10.5 credits he is worth picking up. For the Sultans, Rilee Rossouw and James Vince are 9.5 credits and nine credits respectively, but both have plenty of T20 previous. Shan Masood is a lower-cost option at 8.5 credits.
Moeen Ali is a key all-rounder and his good form should make his ten-credit pricetag prove worth it. His form is better than Shahid Afridi and, indeed, Mohammad Hafeez could be the better Pakistani all-rounder pick.
Haris Rauf is 9.5 credits but his Big Bash League form justifies that outlay. Dilbar Hussain is the opposite end of the price scale, but he also enjoyed some BBL experience recently. That leaves two bowling spaces and it is a strain to leave out any two of Imran Tahir, Sohail Tanvir, Usman Shinwari and Shaheen Afridi. The two Sultans veterans could be key men with the ball in this match.
Moeen Ali is a dangerous batting option and capable of producing something with the ball too. He is a good option for captain. Haris Rauf’s bowling form makes him stand out as another option, particularly on a quicker wicket.