Two of the hottest and most in-form teams of PSL 2021 meet in the blockbuster qualifier of PSL 2021. It’s one of those games where pundits do not have to assume and presume too much about how these sides will fare against each other because they played each other just this past Saturday, which was the final day of round-robin matches.
Islamabad triumphed during that meeting, just as they had in their earlier clash in the season back on February 21.
On Saturday, both sides were missing a bit of their usual intensity as they gave chances to several fringe players on account of them having already sealed their qualification.
For Islamabad, names such as Umar Amin, Muhamamd Akhlaq and Brandon King got rare opportunities as regulars such as Usman Khawaja, Colin Munro and Hasan Ali got rested.
The regulars will be back for the qualifier, which means that Islamabad will be looking to secure a third straight win of PSL 2021 over Multan.
Multan Sultans were undefeated during the Abu Dhabi leg of PSL 2021 until they met Islamabad United on Saturday. In their defense though, they would point towards Hammad Azam, Sohail Khan, Usman Qadir and Mohammad Umar to claim that they were far below their full strength.
In the qualifier though, the big guns will return, giving fans another opportunity to find out what happens when the best two teams of PSL 2021 square off.
Multan do not have a winning record against Islamabad and that should be a cause of concern for them. Of the eight matches played between these sides, Islamabad have won five and Multan just three. Thus, a bit of record correction should also be in the minds of Multan players.
One small dilemma for Multan will be the performance of Usman Qadir against Islamabad on Saturday. Qadir has been Imran Tahir’s understudy since the league resumed but he was brilliant in the loss to Islamabad, giving up just 22 runs in his four overs as he also picked up two wickets. Captain Mohammad Rizwan now has a good headache of picking between two superb leggies.