Multan Sultans Squad Preview PSL 7: Can They Go Back-to-Back?

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Multan Sultans were the latest to get their hands on the prize in PSL 6. It wasn’t a smooth ride to the top, though. They struggled in the first half of the tournament, winning just one of their first five games. However, they staged an epic comeback in the second half to make the playoffs and then delivered in the knockouts to clinch the title. The Multan Sultans will now aim to be the first side to successfully defend their title.

Multan Sultans have also been fans of continuity in terms of their team management, and that has remained the case ahead of PSL 7. Andy Flower reprises his role as the Head Coach of the franchise, but they have made some significant moves ahead of the draft; they reluctantly let go of James Vince and Shahid Afridi. The duo moved to Quetta Gladiators in exchange for favourable draft picks. They then opted to retain seven players: Mohammad Rizwan, Rilee Rossouw, Sohaib Maqsood, Imran Tahir, Shan Masood, Khushdil Shah, and Shahnawaz Dahani.

Strengths

Strong Batting Line-up: With captain Rizwan to lead from the front, likely to be partnered by Shan, with Sohaib Maqsood at #3. Last season, Multan’s top three produced a good mixture of stability and aggression, producing the second-highest average alongside the second-highest strike rate. The Sultans didn’t have the strongest lower middle-order last season on paper, but they found a way to get to defendable totals. However, they have compiled an explosive middle-order this time around with the addition of Tim David, with all their batters well capable of taking advantage of the death overs. Alongside their middle-order, Rizwan boasts a strike-rate of 200+ at the death.

Variety in Bowling department: The pace and bounce of Shahnawaz Dahani, the experience of Rumman Raees and Imran Khan, the height of Blessing Muzarabani, the left-arm angle of David Willey, the guile of Tahir with support from Asif Afridi, and the spin of left-armer Khushdil and off-spinner Tim David.

Weaknesses

No explosive power at the top: They are likely to opt for the stable combination of Rizwan and Shan up top, which may leave them a bit short of firepower in the powerplay without any designated powerplay hitters. Both batters tend to be more comfortable attacking spin early on rather than pace. However, they have the experience to be able to overcome this weakness through smart batting, while Maqsood at number three will also be crucial in enabling the Multan Sultans to build momentum.

Death Bowling concerns: While they were the best bowling side at the death in the UAE, that was primarily due to their potent attack, ensuring that the match was in their grasp by then. However, on flatter pitches in Pakistan, they conceded more than 11 run’s per over last season. Shahnawaz Dahani struggled at the death in PSL 6, conceding 10+ RPO but has shown signs of improvement; Rumman Raees may prove crucial in this regard if he bowls as well as he did in the National T20 Cup (death econ 6.8).

Likely Playing XI

  1. Mohammad Rizwan (c, wk)
  2. Shan Masood
  3. Sohaib Maqsood
  4. Rilee Rossouw (O)
  5. Khushdil Shah
  6. Tim David (O)
  7. David Willey (O)
  8. Abbas Afridi (E)
  9. Shahnawaz Dahani
  10. Imran Tahir (O)
  11. Imran Khan

Prediction – Playoffs

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