PSL - 16
Flashback time for Peshawar Zalmi. And not a good one at that. They walked into the tournament thinking, “we are the defending champions we got this” and “they are debutants”. And they lost by seven whole wickets. Zalmi captain Sammy said they were ten runs short. They were also in excess when it came to confidence probably. Point is, in today’s match they will have learned their lessons hard. Zalmi is third on the points table, one point lower than Multan Sultans (the one point is ‘’cos one of the Sultans match was abandoned. Run rate wise, Zalmi has a better run rate. 0.01 difference but that matters trust me.
Today, Multan Sultans are on top of the table and on top of the world. They probably never thought they’d be here. They are loving it and are facing a team they have defeated before. They should not let that success go to their head. That would be the key.
Both teams are on a winning streak nevertheless and would not want to mess around in this game. The winner gets to the top of the table.
Peshawar Zalmi will need someone really special to stand up to the Sultans tonight. Tamim Iqbal and Sabbir Rahman will not be available anymore as they play for Bangladesh in the Nidahas T20 series. This is a big loss for Zalmi. They will bank on wicket-keeper/batsman Kamran Akmal to take the team forward. Along with Dwayne Smith.
There is another problem. Captain Darren Sammy is confirmed to be out of the game with Harris Sohail. M Hafeez will then don the captain’s cap. Hasan Ali’s form will also be their advantage. So will Liam Dawson. What will Fletcher’s role be?
Imran Tahir will be their biggest weapon yet. Play him right and the team has a very good chance of making it to the next round in style. Captain Kumar Sangakkara brings in with him years of experience, expertise, and good advice to keep the team on the road to victory. He will remain the key even if he fails with the bat. Junaid Khan supports Tahir at the other end with the ball. With the bat, there is Shoaib Malik, K Pollard, and Ahmed Shehzad. The team has struck gold indeed. Keep the head in the game and the Multan Sultans will go all the way.
What do you think?