Multan hope to turn around fortunes, Islamabad look to continue momentum

DUBAI: Pakistan Super League (PSL) action returns to Dubai after a short breather, with Multan Sultans taking on Islamabad United at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium tonight. If the Sultans want to have a real shot at making it to the qualifiers, tonight’s encounter against United will be all about getting those precious two points. At the moment, Sultans sit at the bottom of the points table with only one win from five games so far. United have fared much better and sit at third position, with six points from five games. Sultans won their lone match of the tournament against United, beating them by five wickets at the same venue. They will look to repeat the feat when they face the Mohammad Sami-led side tonight. On the other hand, two-time champions United kicked off their PSL campaign with a win against Lahore Qalandars by five wickets. This was followed by a loss at the hands of Sultans and Quetta Gladiators by seven wickets. However, they turned things around for themselves and beat Peshawar Zalmi by 12 runs and Karachi Kings by seven wickets. Despite the Shoaib Malik led-Sultans boasting major names in their squad, no Sultans player has made an impact in the tournament so far. For United, there have been plenty of contributions to the team. New Zealand’s Luke Ronchi has been leading from the front with Faheem Ashraf and Shadab Khan chipping in. Captain Mohammad Sami and teen sensation Mohammad Musa have also been instrumental in their team's wins. The match between Islamabad United and Multan Sultans will start at 9pm Pakistan Standard Time.

Squads

Multan Sultans

Shoaib Malik (c), Andre Russell, Shahid Afridi, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, James Vince, Shan Masood, Qais Ahmed, Nicolas Pooran, Mohammad Abbas, Irfan Khan, Umar Siddiq, Laurie Evans, Nauman Ali, Mohammad Illyas, M Junaid, Daniel Christian, Tom Moores, Ali Shafiq, Shakil Ansar, Hammad Azam, Chris Green

Islamabad United

Mohammad Sami (c), Luke Ronchi, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Rumman Raees, Samit Patel, Phil Salt, Hussain Talat, Waqas Masood, Sahibzada Farhan, Zafar Gohar, Cameron Delport, Nasir Nawaz, Mohammad Musa, Wayne Parnell, Zahir Khan, Ammad Butt, Rizwan Hussain
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