The Multan Sultans are going to take on the defending champions Quetta Gladiators in their next encounter at the Gaddafi Stadium Lahore. The Pakistan Super League (PSL) has truly come alive as the champions of last year are at the bottom of the table right now. Also, the Multan Sultans are flying high in confidence so far as they’re sitting comfortably at the top of the points chart.

Both of these teams had a contrasting journey so far in the tournament as the Sultans have been performing up to the expectations of the people from South Punjab whilst the Gladiators have been missing the kind of form they had enjoyed in the earlier editions of the PSL.

The Gaddafi Stadium of Lahore is all set to host these two teams in the 25th match of the tournament and it is a do-or-die game for the defending champions. The Purple Army led by Sarfaraz Ahmed has six points to their name and they have to win their remaining two matches in order to qualify for the playoffs.

Failure is not an option for the men in purple right now. However, the Shan Masood led Sultans have got breathing space as a single loss at this stage of the tournament won’t hurt them. However, in case of Quetta’s victory, it can make things difficult for the Lahore Qalandars and Islamabad United, who are also in the race for the knockouts.

After suffering four consecutive losses, the Gladiators would certainly try and get back to winning ways and keep their chances alive in the competition. They have been depending a lot on the duo of Shane Watson and Jason Roy whilst the absence of Umar Akmal is clearly hurting the champion team.

The batting power of the Sultans will be led by the likes of James Vince, who in the previous match hit a brilliant knock of 61 unbeaten, putting the strong bowling unit of Islamabad United to the swords.

The Gladiators have the upper hand in terms of head to head contests as they have emerged victorious on three occasions compared to Sultans’ two. Rilee Rossouw smacked a fantastic ton against his previous franchise Quetta Gladiators in the last encounter between these two teams.

We’re in for an exciting game provided rain stays away as it is expected the showers will fall in the night.

As for the lineups, we might not see a lot of changes in the Quetta’s side but the Sultans will definitely try to experiment a bit with their combination before the playoffs.

Multan Sultans Probable Playing XI:
Zeeshan Ashraf (WK), James Vince, Moeen Ali, Shan Masood (c), Rilee Rossouw, Khushdil Shah, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Ilyas/Usman Qadir, Imran Tahir, Sohail Tanvir, Junaid Khan.

Quetta Gladiators Probable Playing XI:
Jason Roy, Shane Watson, Ahmed Shehzad/Ahsan Ali, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Mohammad Nawaz, Azam Khan, Ben Cutting, Sohail Khan, Fawad Ahmed, Zahid Mehmood, Mohammad Hasnain.