MS vs LAH PSL Prediction 18 Mar 2023
Pakistan Super League
- Date: 2023-03-18
- Start Time: 19:00
- Location: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
- Tournament: Pakistan Super League 2023
- Format: Pakistan Super League
- Prediction By: Malcolm Richards
On Saturday, the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore will host the highly anticipated finale of the eighth season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), where the Multan Sultans and the Lahore Qalandars will battle it out for the coveted title.
- The Lahore Qalandars aim to create history by becoming the first team to win back-to-back PSL titles, while Multan will be looking to clinch their second title.
- The home side will be led by pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi, while wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan will take charge of Multan.
- Multan secured their spot in the final by defeating Lahore in the Qualifier, whereas Lahore qualified for the championship match by overpowering Peshawar Zalmi.
MS vs LAH- PSL Final – Venue Details
Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
Date: March 18th 2023
Time: 19:00 (local)
MS vs LAH – PSL Final – Team Previews
The Lahore Qalandars, led by Shaheen Afridi, will be seeking redemption against the Multan Sultans in the final of the Pakistan Super League. The Qalandars were defeated by Multan in the Qualifier by 84 runs and had to play Eliminator 2 to reach the final.
They enter the final after a four-wicket win over Peshawar Zalmi and finished at the top of the PSL 2023 table with 14 points. During the regular season, the Qalandars won both league matches against the Sultans, including a narrow victory in the opening game of the tournament and a 21-run win earlier this month.
The Qalandars will need to rely on their death bowling duo of Afridi and Haris Rauf to contain the Sultans’ middle-order power hitters, including Pollard, Tim David, and Khushdil Shah. It remains to be seen whether the Qalandars will rotate their squad for their third game in four days or stick with the same lineup that helped them reach their third final in four seasons.
The Mohammad Rizwan-led Multan Sultans have won their past two matches and are currently unbeaten. They secured their spot in the Finals by beating Lahore Qalandars in the Qualifiers. Multan finished second in the league stage and beat the Qalandars in the Qualifier to reach their third final in a row.
In their previous match, Kieron Pollard played a brilliant innings and was named Player of the Match, while Sheldon Cottrell produced an inspired spell, finishing with figures of 3 for 20.
Multan Sultans will be confident heading into the Finals, having already beaten Lahore earlier in the playoffs. Shahnawaz Dahani, who was injured before their first game of the PSL 2023, will be joining the squad. One of the key battles to watch in this game will be between Multan’s West Indies finisher, Kieron Pollard, and Lahore’s skipper, Shaheen Afridi.
MS vs LAH – PSL Final – Probable Playing XI’s
Lahore Qalandars: Mirza Tahir, Fakhar Zaman, S Billings, Abdullah Shafique, Talat, Shaheen Afridi, S Raza, David Weise, Rashid Khan, H Rauf, Zaman Khan
Multan Sultans: Usman Khan, Mohd Rizwan, R Rossouw, Kieron Pollard, T David, Khushdil, Anwar Ali, Usama Mir, Abbas Afridi, S Cottrell, Ishanullah
MS vs LAH – PSL Final – Pitch Report and Toss Prediction
The pitch at Gaddafi Stadium for the PSL final seems to be a batsman-friendly surface, with some potential for the pacers to get assistance during the death overs. Spinners who bowl accurately may also have a chance to take wickets in the middle overs. In the previous match played on this pitch, a total of 347 runs were scored in both innings combined during the game between Lahore and Peshawar.
MS vs LAH – PSL Final – Match Prediction
Lahore are the defending champions but Multan would look to avenge their final defeat a year ago against the same opposition. We expect a win for the Multan Sultans and win their second title.