Probuddha Bhattacharjee ∙ Feb 12 2023, 10:06 AM

PSL 2023, Match 1: MUL vs LAH | Fantasy Tips and Teams

image-le17rmg2Multan Sultans (Source: Twitter/@MultanSultans)

The opening match of the Pakistan Super League 2023 will be a repeat of the final of the last edition. The defending champions, Lahore Qalandars will be playing against the runners up Multan Sultans.

The Qalandars will be looking to maintain their reputation as the defending champions and start the tournament on a winning note. Meanwhile, the Sultans will be trying to take a revenge of the last year's finals. The match is all set to be an exciting action. 

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Before the match goes live let us take a look at some important stats, the prime player picks and the best predicted XIs for the fantasy contests of the match. 

Ground Stats: Multan Cricket Stadium, Multan

The pitch at Multan will be good for batting. The spinners will start having an impact on the game mostly in the second inning. 

Numbers at the ground (Last five T20 Matches)

Matches won batting first: 1
Matches won batting second: 4

Average score batting first: 157
Average score batting second: 151

Average runs per over: 8.13
Average runs per wicket: 25

MUL vs LAH, Match 1: Head-to-Head

The two teams have played 13 matches against each other in the history of the tournament. The Sultans are a bit ahead in the competition, however they have been more dominating in  the face-off in the last 10 matches. 

Head-to-head (Overall)

Matches: 13
Lahore Qalandars won: 6
Multan Sultans won: 7

Head-to-head (Last 10 Matches)

Matches: 10
Lahore Qalandars won: 4
Multan Sultans: 6

MUL vs LAH, Match 1: Probable Playing XIs

Multan Sultan Team News

No major updates. 

Multan Sultan Probable Playing XI

Mohammad Rizwan (c and wk), Usman Khan, Kieron Pollard, Shan Masood, Rilee Rossouw, Khushdil Shah, Amad Butt, Anwar Ali, Adil Rashid, Akeal Hosein, and Sahnawaz Dahani.

Lahore Qalandars Team News

No major updates.

Lahore Qalandars Probable Playing XI

Sam Billings (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Kamran Ghulam, Abdullah Shafique, Hussain Talat, Sikandar Raza, David Wiese, Rashid Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi (c), Haris Rauf, Zaman Khan, and Ahmed Daniyal.

MUL vs LAH, Match 1: Top Five Picks

  1. Mohammad Rizwan (MUL): The skipper of the Multan Sultans team is a patron of the T20 format. He enjoys batting in this format and is very consistent. 
  2. Fakhar Zaman (LAH): The Pakistani opener will look to bat long and provide solidity in the top for the defending champions. Fakharwill be a very imporant pick for this match. 
  3. Kieron Pollard (MUL): The West Indian has been in brilliant form in the ILT20 League. He has scored runs consistently and at a good strike rate in the tournament. Pollard will hope that he continues the form in the PSL and helps Multan in winning some important matches. 
  4. Sikandar Raza (LAH): The fact that the Zimbabwean super star can be a match winner with both the bat and the ball, makes Raza a crucial pick for the match.
  5. Adil Rashid (MUL): The English leg-spinner might play a big role in the Pakistani picthes. Rashid's ability to contain runs in the middle overs makes him a great pick for the match. 

MUL vs LAH, Match 1: Must Picks

Multan Sultans

  1. Mohammad Rizwan
  2. Kieron Pollard
  3. Adil Rashid

Lahore Qalandars

  1. Fakhar Zaman
  2. Sikandar Raza
  3. Shaheen Shah Afridi

MUL vs LAH, Match 1: Risky Picks

Multan Sultans: Rilee Rossouw, Usman Khan

Lahore Qalandars: Abdullah Shafique, Hussain Talat

MUL vs LAH, Match 1: Best Captain and Vice-captain choices

  1. Mohammad Rizwan (MUL)
  2. Sikandar Raza (LAH)
  3. Kieron Pollard (MUL)

MUL vs LAH, Match 1: Team for Head-to-Head Contests

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Wicketkeeper: Mohammad Rizwan
Batters: Kieron Pollard, Shan Masood, Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman
All-rounders: Amad Butt, Sikandar Raza
Bowlers: Adil Rashid, Akeal Hosein, Rashid Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi

Captain: Mohammad Rizwan
Vice-captain: Sikandar Raza

MUL: 6 Players; LAH: 5 Players

MUL vs LAH, Match 1: Team for Winner takes all Contests

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Wicketkeeper: Mohammad Rizwan, Sam Billings
Batter: Rilee Rossouw, Usman Khan, Abdullah Shafique
All-rounders: Khushdil Shah, Sikandar Raza
Bowlers: Adil Rashid, Akeal Hosein, Rashid Khan, Shaheen Afridi

Captain: Khushdil Shah
Vice-captain: Rashid Khan

MUL: 6 Players; LAH: 5 Players