Islamabad United will take on Multan Sultans in the Qualifier of the Pakistan Super League 2021 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi on Monday (June 21). The winner of this encounter will cement their place in the final, while the loser will take on the winner of Eliminator 1 - either Peshawar Zalmi or Karachi Kings. The final will be played on Thursday.
Overall: 7 | Multan - 3 | Islamabad - 5
Last five matches: Multan - 2 | Islamabad - 3
Stats updated until June 20, 2021.
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GROUND DETAILS AND TEAM COMBINATION
The Sheikh Zayed Stadium has so far hosted 16 encounters this season and the batsmen here have scored runs at an average of 24.2 and have lost a wicket every 17.3 balls. The fast bowlers have taken more wickets and have a slightly better average and strike rate than the spinners. The seamers here have an average of 24.6 and a strike rate of 17.8, while the corresponding numbers for the spinners are 27.1 and 20.7 respectively.
Mohammad Rizwan hasn't got that big score in the last three innings but it's still difficult to look past this wicketkeeper-batsman when it comes to selecting your captain. The right-hander has managed scores of 26, 15 and 21 in his last three innings but is still averaging over 50 this season. Rizwan has so far slammed 470 runs in 10 innings and will be eager to make an impact in the Qualifier.
Our Criclytics Player Projector predicts Rizwan will score 22-34 runs in this match.
Colin Munro is the second-highest run scorer in the Abu Dhabi leg of PSL 2021. The left-hander from New Zealand has smashed 241 runs in five innings at a stunning average of 80.33 and a strike rate of 174.6. Munro has scored 74.6 percent of his runs via boundaries and one could expect more fireworks against Multan.
Our Criclytics Player Projector predicts Munro will score 42-64 runs in this match.
Shahnawaz Dhani has been the find of PSL 2021. The right-arm paceman has so far picked up 20 wickets in nine games and is currently the leading wicket-taker this season. Dhani has a bowling strike rate of 10 and has gone wicketless only once in 10 innings. In his last four games, Dhani has taken 11 wickets.
Our Criclytics Player Projector predicts Dhani will pick up 1-2 wickets in this match.
Hasan Ali has taken the most number of wickets for Islamabad in this edition. The right-arm fast bowler has claimed 12 wickets at a strike rate of 16 and has picked up at least one wicket in every game this season. The pacer has been in terrific form of late and could once again be amongst wickets in the Qualifier.
Our Criclytics Player Projector predicts Hasan Ali will pick up 1-2 wickets in this match.