Multan Sultans vs Peshawar Zalmi – 17/3/2020

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Multan Sultans vs Peshawar Zalmi Match Preview – Betting Tips, Latest Odds, Team News and Predictions – 17/3/2020

*Please note that since this preview was written, the Pakistan Super League has taken the decision to postpone all remaining matches in the 2020 season. They have suggested that the semi-finals and final will be rescheduled although when that will happen is unclear at the time of writing*

The 2020 Pakistan Super League has reached its business end, with the Multan Sultans and Peshawar Zalmi among the final four cricket betting favourites for the tournament. They will contest the first semi-final, with the winner set to play the Karachi Kings or Lahore Qalandars in the final.

Our match preview has the latest team news, some free PSL betting tips and more, as the newest franchise to the PSL take on Zalmi team that have frequently made the play-offs, but never won a title. Cricket predictions are nicely primed ahead of this key clash.

Multan Sultans vs Peshawar Zalmi – Match Preview

Where: Gaddaffi Stadium, Lahore

When: Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Pitch conditions: The last three PSL matches at this ground have produced first-innings scores in the high 180s, but have all been won by the team batting second. This, indeed, is a good venue for chasing – and the toss-winning captain will likely opt to bowl first.

Weather conditions: The wet weathered that limited some of the matches earlier in the tournament won’t likely be around on Tuesday in Lahore, where a high of 27 degrees Celsius and humidity levels of 50 percent are expected.

Start Time: 18:30 (IST), 13:00 (GMT)

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Multan Sultans vs Peshawar Zalmi – Latest Odds

The Multan Sultans and Peshawar Zalmi are priced at 1.66 and 2.20, respectively, in the latest PSL odds from bet365 to win this match. They also have some good match handicap, top batsman and top bowler markets for this first semi-final.

Multan Sultans vs Peshawar Zalmi – Team News

Zalmi lost their last two matches of the group stage, but qualified for the semi-finals anyway. They won’t want to leave anything to chance again, so will probably make a change or two to their XI.  They’ve been the hardest hit by several players’ decisions to leave the tournament due to the threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic. They won’t have Tom Banton, Carlos Brathwaite, Liam Dawson, Lewis Gregory and Liam Livingstone, which puts a lore more onus on their remaining overseas players and local contingent to perform. Zimbabwe all-rounder Sikandar Raza, meanwhile, has joined the Zalmi squad.

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The Sultans won’t have batsmen James Vince an Rilee Rossouw for the same reason. Moeen Ali and Ravi Bopara have stayed, though. Junaid Khan and Usman Qadir have joined the XI belatedly, with the left-arm seamer and leg-spinner needing strong showings if selected for this semi-final. Importantly, the Sultans didn’t have an over-reliance on their overseas stars during the round-robin, like some other franchises. They are still one of the popular cricket betting favourites for the title despite the loss of a couple of big assets from overseas.

Multan Sultans vs Peshawar Zalmi – Squads

Multan Sultans Peshawar Zalmi
Shan Masood (captain) Wahab Riaz (captain)
Imran Tahir Mohammad Amir Khan
Moeen Ali Aamir Ali
Bilawal Bhatti Umar Amin
Shahid Afridi Rahat Ali
Sohail Tanvir Darren Sammy
Junaid Khan Hasan Ali
Mohammad Irfan Kamran Akmal
Ali Shafiq Mohammad Mohsin
Mohammad Faizan Haider Ali
Mohammad Ilyas Imam-ul-Haq
Fabian Allen Shoaib Malik
Zeeshan Ashraf Sikandar Raza
Rohail Nazir
Usman Qadir
Ravi Bopara

Multan Sultans vs Peshawar Zalmi – Betting Tips and Prediction

Multan beat Peshawar on both occasions during the round-robin stage of the PSL 2020 and are favourites in the PSL betting for the semi-finals to do this again. Alternatively, those keen on Zalmi in the cricket predictions could turn to 2019’s record, when Peshawar beat Multan twice, for inspiration.

Shan Masood to be top batsman for Multan

Masood has captained Multan and been their best batsman through an excellent campaign, so far. If ever there was a time for him to really impress again, it’s this match. Masood hit eight and 28 against Zalmi earlier in the tournament – and is priced at 4.50 to be their top batsman in this match. For longer odds, you can get Shahid Afridi at 13.00 in the same category.

Wahab Riaz to be top bowler for Zalmi

Left-arm seamer Riaz took on the captaincy halfway through Zalmi’s campaign, after former skipper Darren Sammy was named new head coach overnight. Riaz hasn’t let the additional responsibility negatively affect his primary role with the ball and has taken the most wickets for the franchise this season. He is offered at 4.00 to be Zalmi’s top bowler in this match. For slightly shorter odds, Hasan Ali is at 3.60 in the same market.

Best Bet: Wahab Riaz to be the top bowler for Peshawar Zalmi at 4.00 with bet365

Multan Sultans vs Peshawar Zalmi - FAQs

⭐ How can I bet on the PSL?

You can bet on the Pakistan Super League with one or more of the best online cricket bookmakers in India. We have helpful reviews on the best betting bookies for cricket.

⚡ Which teams are in the PSL semi-finals?

Multan and Peshawar are contesting this first semi-final. The second one will be played between the Karachi Kings and Lahore Qalandars at the same venue, on the same day.

⭐ Is the Pakistan Super League going ahead?

The 2020 PSL is still going ahead despite the threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic. Some players have left the tournament due to this, but the semi-finals and final will still be played in Lahore.

⚡ Where are the best odds for the 2020 PSL?

You can find the best cricket betting odds for the PSL and other T20 tournaments via Indian bookies online – for mobile and desktop. There are several different options to consider – and our cricket betting website reviews can help you.

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