The yellow army led by Wahab Riaz is up for an exciting last league stage encounter against the Multan Sultans. The Sultans have already qualified for the next round and they won’t feel a lot of pressure when they face the Zalmis in their next match.
However, the PSL 2017 champions will have to take their game to the next level when they face the Shan Masood led Sultans tomorrow at the National Stadium Karachi. However, much to the disappointment of the fans, the match will be played without a single spectator in the crowd.
The decision has been taken by the PCB after they received formal advise from the Government of Sindh. According to the PCB CEO Wasim Khan, the decision has been taken to safeguard the health of the public, players and the media personnel as well.
The Multan Sultans are having a dream run so far in the tournament as they have gained 12 points and are sitting comfortably at the top and they are likely to test their bench strength before the play-offs.
The Zalmis have also done well as they’re currently sitting at no.3 with 9 points to their name. They must secure a victory against Multan in order to confirm their place in the playoffs. The Sultans will have a psychological advantage over the Zalmis as they had beaten the Yellow army in the first leg of the tournament.
In the previous five matches, the team from South Punjab has emerged successful on three occasions whilst the Zalmis have also won two matches. The weather of Karachi was pretty pleasant during the previous match between the Qalandars and the hosts.
There’s no real chance of precipitation tomorrow and the surface of Karachi is expected to provide steep bounce to the pace bowlers. Also, the batters can hit through the line as we saw in the previous Karachi vs Lahore clash.
The pacers did quite well in yesterday's game restricting Qalandars to 150 as all 5 wickets were taken by fast bowlers.
The Zalmis have been performing well throughout the PSL history and they would fancy themselves to have a successful last shot at the playoffs.
However, Zalmi are going to be hit by some withdrawals of their players as most of their players are returning home as a safety measure for COVID-19. Sultans will also be without a few of their players as Rossouw, Vince, Moeen Ali are returning back to their countries amid the virus that is spreading all over the world.