Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans Match Preview – Betting Tips, Latest Odds, Team News and Predictions – 22/02/2020
Islamabad United will be looking to bag their first Pakistan Super League win of the season when they take on Multan Sultans in Lahore.
United suffered a three-wicket loss against Quetta Gladiators in the tournament’s opening fixture. They will be keen to bounce back quickly from that and will have been heartened by Dawid Malan’s knock of 64 from 40 balls.
Multan, meanwhile, come into this on the back of their opening game against Lahore Qalandars. The Sultans are the newest team in the PSL and have first-time progression to the play-offs in their sights in 2020.
Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans – Match Preview
Where: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
When: Saturday 22nd February
Pitch conditions: The Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore could favour the team that bats first. While the ground didn’t host PSL 2019 games, it did feature two fixtures in 2018. Both games went in favour of the side that chose to bat first. No team as yet smashed more than 200 runs at the venue in the 12 T20I games played here.
Weather conditions: It will be a sun-baked day in Lahore with no chance of rain and temperatures around the 26c mark.
Start Time: 19:30 (IST), 14:00 (GMT)
Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans – Latest Odds
Islamabad are made slight favourites to pick up their first win of the season. They are available at 1.91 (10/11) with bet365 to take the victory. Multan can be backed at even money to prevail in Lahore.
Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans – Team News
Once again, Islamabad United won’t have fast bowler Dale Steyn available for this match due to his involvement with South Africa.
England’s Dawid Malan or New Zealand’s Colin Munro are again likely to feature at the top of the order along with Luke Ronchi. Munro and Ronchi will be keen to improve on their performances in the opener against Quetta and offer more support to the in-form Malan.
Multan have Moeen Ali, James Vince, Rilee Rossouw and Ravi Bopara in their ranks this season. They also have the option of Windies all-rounder Fabian Allen. The bowling department has the experience of Sohail Tanvir as well as Imran Tahir, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan and Usman Qadir.
Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans – Squads
|Shadab Khan (captain)
||Shan Masood (captain)
Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans – Betting Tips and Prediction
This looks like a big chance for Islamabad to get up and running in PSL 2020. Dawid Malan looked in ominous form despite being on the losing side against Quetta and Multan could find the task a little too hot to handle. However, their top order gives them hope and this one could come down to how each side fairs early on.
Malan to build on first match
Malan top-scored for United in their first clash of the new season and can repeat that showing against the Sultans.
He has had to wait patiently for a chance in the England side but it’s no secret of his talents in T20 across other franchises. He looks in good nick at the moment and will be keen to add to his 64 runs in 40 balls against the Gladiators.
He can be backed at a generous looking 4.33 (10/3) with bet365 to be Islamabad’s best batsman.
Multan to hit the most sixes
Despite United hold favouritism to win the game, Multan could yet overpower them with some big hitting.
A top order of Shan Masood, James Vince, Rilee Rossouw and Moeen Ali mean the Sultans could push Islamabad all the way.
They are currently priced at 2.38 (11/8) with bet365 to hit the most sixes in the match. Their opponents are considered the favourites in this market at 1.80 (4/5) and it could be worth taking that on.
Best Bet: Dawid Malan to top-score for Islamabad at 4.33 (10/3) with bet365