Heading into the Abu Dhabi leg, Multan Sultans needed to win nearly every game left in round-robin stage to give them a chance to make the playoffs. And the start to their difficult task was quite decent as they defeated Karachi Kings by 12 runs earlier this week.
Rilee Rossouw and Khushdil Shah were the architects of their victory as they scored 44 each to help Multan post a respectable 177-run target. In the second innings, Imran Khan and Imran Tahir did the demolition, with the former picking three wickets and the latter two. Even an unbeaten 63-ball 85 from Babar Azam were not enough to get Karachi home.
Another win tonight will boost Multan’s points haul to six, and while that may not necessarily be enough to climb up the ladder from their current fifth spot, it will keep them in the hunt.
Peshawar Zalmi have played two matches so far in the Abu Dhabi leg of PSL 2021, losing the first to Lahore Qalandars and dominating Quetta Gladiators in the follow-up game.
Across those two games, most things have gone well for Peshawar except the form of their talented but inconsistent young batsman, Haider Ali. The 20-year-old batter has contributed a six-ball three and a duck in his two outings, both of which were as opener, giving the management a concern if they should change the batting order and demote him to number five where he has done a bit well when on national duty.
Other than that, Peshawar seems like a decent unit and has gotten service from nearly all of their players.