Usually, a game between a third-placed side and a fifth-placed side is a mid-table clash. But, not if one side is closer to the top and the other has just one more win than the bottom-placed side. With eight points in seven games, Peshawar Zalmi look strong this season. Multan Sultan have four points so far, but they have played only six games. Both sides are coming from a win and will look to carry on.
Ground Details and Team Combination
The last time these two sides met, the world was a different place. It was back in Karachi in March when Peshawar thumped Multan. Tom Kohler-Cadmore was scoring runs for Peshawar while James Vince did the same for the Sultans. None of them have travelled for the resumed season.
Pacers have been absolutely dominant in Abu Dhabi since the resumption of PSL 2021, having picked up 68.5% of the wickets. This is in line with the numbers at this venue in the last three years. Since the tournament has resumed, four of the top five wicket-takers have been pacers.
While you could go for the above team, you also have the option of choosing your own team from Cricket.com’s Fantasy Research Centre. Based on algorithms, we have come up with one team.
Aggressive bet: Fabian Allen
If you are looking for a gamble, Fabian Allen can be the choice for captain given he can contribute with both bat and ball. He has taken three wickets in the last two games since resumption but Rashid Khan foxed him for the duck the only time has batted in the resumed season.
Safe bet: Mohammed Rizwan
If you want to play it safe, look no further than Mohammed Rizwan who is the second-highest run-scorer in PSL 2021. Being a keeper is bound to give extra points as well.
In the pace department, we suggest going ahead with Wahab Riaz. With 11 wickets in six games, he is the second-highest wicket-taker in the tournament. On recent form, both Kamran Akmal and David Miller should make the cut.
Here are the top-10 picks as per criclytics projected points-
If you are short on credits, here are the top value for money picks from among those who are likely to feature in the XI-
Value for money picks
You can check out more in-depth projections and key match-ups for this match here.