Multan Sultans vs Quetta Gladiators Match Preview – Betting Tips, Latest Odds, Team News and Predictions – 29/2/2020
The 12th fixture of the 2020 Pakistan Super League brings an intriguing clash between the newest franchise of the tournament and the defending champions.
The Multan Sultans have not beaten the Quetta Gladiators in their last three attempts, so this is a good opportunity for the underdogs to oblige cricket predictions of them winning.
The Gladiators beat Islamabad United on the back of a high-scoring chase recently, keeping their status among the PSL title favourites. The Sultans, meanwhile, have a quick turnaround after Friday’s win over the Karachi Kings.
Multan Sultans vs Quetta Gladiators – Match Preview
Where: Multan Cricket Stadium
When: Saturday, 29 February 2020
Pitch conditions: This will be just the third time the Multan Cricket Stadium has been used in the history of the PSL. It produced first-innings scores of 123 all out and 186 – for an early average of 155. On both occasions, the captain who won the toss opted to bowl first.
Weather conditions: Multan, on average, has cooler weather than Karachi, Lahore and Rawalpindi. The forecast for Saturday is a maximum of 24 degrees Celsius and no interruption due to rain. The conditions are typical of the sub-continent – dry and slow – but perhaps not as sluggish as at other venues.
Start Time: 14:30 (IST), 9:00 (GMT)
Multan Sultans vs Quetta Gladiators – Latest Odds
Despite being outsiders for the tournament before it got underway, Multan Sultans are the bookies’ favourites for this one. bet365 make the home side 1.80 (4/5) to complete two wins in 24 hours. Quetta are available at 2.0 (Evens) to come out on top. As well as the match-winner, there are dozens of other markets available on this clash.
Multan Sultans vs Quetta Gladiators – Team News
The Multan Sultans selected Ravi Bopara ahead of James Vince for Friday’s match with Karachi in an attempt to boost the bowling a bit – and might stick with this against the Gladiators. Otherwise, they boast the services of another recruit from England in Moeen Ali, who is an early contender for the Player of the Series accolade. Ali will come into this fixture on the back of a half-century and the ability to all but close down an end with his wily left-arm spin. The Sultans have leg-spinner Imran Tahir as well. He starred in Friday’s win over Karachi.
The Quetta Gladiators team is spoiled for choice, with a top order spearheaded by international opening batsmen Shane Watson and Jason Roy. Seamers Sohail Khan and Naseem Shah could open the bowling again, unless spinn Mohammad Nawaz is preferred. The Gladiators will continue to be without batsman Umar Akmal, who was suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board shortly before the start of this year’s PSL. His replacement in the squad, Anwar Ali, could get more game time as the tournament progresses.
Multan Sultans vs Quetta Gladiators – Squads
|Shan Masood (captain)
||Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain)
|| Aarish Ali
Multan Sultans vs Quetta Gladiators – Betting Tips and Prediction
The Multan Sultans have the home ground advantage, which is part of the reason they are favoured them in this match. However, the Gladiators are very capable of recording a big score, especially given their star-studded batting line-up. The bowlers will also have to do their jobs, of course, across a contest expected to keep the match prediction in the balance until the very end. As such, it could be wise to look beyond the main match market in search of a good betting tip.
Moeen to keep going for Multan
Ali won’t be touring Sri Lanka with England, so can devote all his time and preparation to the Multan Sultans for the next couple of weeks. He’s the quintessential T20 all-rounder at the moment, delivering runs at the right time and tight economy with the ball almost on cue. As a genuine all-rounder of fantastic quality, he can play a big part in both innings. Because of this, he looks a great selection at 9.0 (8/1) to be Man of the Match with bet365.
Cutting getting it right for the Gladiators
All-rounder Cutting was impressive for the Brisbane Heat in the recent Big Bash League in Australia – and has transferred that fine form to the Gladiators’ PSL campaign. He is another really good T20 cricketer able to perform well when his team needs it most. Cutting is key with the bat if Roy and Watson don’t come off, while his role with the ball is important in conditions that demand plenty of cutters and slower deliveries.
Best Bet: Moeen Ali to be Man of the Match at 9.0 with bet365