PSL Playoff 1: Multan Sultans vs Islamabad United
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Cricket fans are eagerly waiting for another Multan Sultans vs Islamabad United show in the first playoff of the sixth edition of the Pakistan Super League.

When is Multan Sultans vs Islamabad United?

The showdown between Multan and Islamabad will commence at 6 pm (PST).

Where will Multan Sultans vs Islamabad United take place?

The first playoff will be held at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.

Probable Playing XI

Islamabad United

Usman Khawaja (C), Colin Munro, Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Brandon King, Muhammad Akhlaq (wk), Iftikhar Ahmed, Hussain Talat, Hasan Ali, Fawad Ahmed, Akif Javed.

Multan Sultans

Shan Masood, Mohammad Rizwan (C and WK), Sohaib Maqsood, Johnson Charles, Rilee Rossouw, Khushdil Shah, Sohail Tanvir, Blessing Muzarabani, Shahnawaz Dhani, Imran Khan, Imran Tahir.

Match prediction

The two-time PSL winners are likely to make it 3-0 against Multan Sultans and progress to the final of the competition yet again.

Shadab Khan’s men won the first encounter in Pakistan against Multan by 3 wickets and bagged the second one in Dubai on Saturday night by four wickets.

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United have looked head and shoulders above every team in 2021, not just Multan Sultans. Shadab Khan has led the troops from the front as they continue to outplay the opponents in all departments.

Multan Sultans have heavily relied on Muhammad Rizwan and Shan Masood to set the tone. Shoaib Maqsood has been in an incredible touch as well, but they need others to step up on the big night to have a chance.

In case they get to bowl first, the only way the Sultans can upset the odds is by pushing in-form Usman Khawaja and Colin Munro on the backfoot in the powerplay. Both lefties have been piling on a chunk of runs and their stoppage will ease the tension for the Rizwan-led unit.

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On paper, United are the probable winners.

Key players

Muhammad Rizwan

Rizwan is the second-highest run-getter of the tournament (470 runs) and that ultimately makes him the potent issue for Islamabad. If they claim his scalp early in the game, the battle is half won.

Rizwan needs to set the tone early like he had been doing in the Karachi and Lahore games before the league got suspended. He is likely to dent United’s economy with the bat.

Shahnawaz Dhani

Larkana-born Shahnawaz Dhani is the leading wicket-taker of the competition, playing one game less than the second-placed Shaheen Shah Afridi. Dhani has bagged a staggering 20 wickets in only nine games.

He is known to trouble the batsmen with his good length deliveries that nip extremely well off the surface to surprise the batters with extra bounce.

The 22-year-old doesn’t need to do anything extraordinary moving into the next phase of the league.

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All he needs to do is to bowl in the right channels and find breakthroughs to hamper Islamabad’s chances with the bat.

He is another player to watch out for, especially for Shadab Khan and co on Monday night.

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