Multan Sultans have been having a tough time of late in the Pakistan Super League, losing three straight games, but will go into their next match against Islamabad knowing they can get the victory.
The Sultans’ poor form has seen them slide to the foot of the table having won only one of their opening five matches. That one win, however, came against their next opponents Islamabad United.
In the previous meeting between the two teams, debutant Ali Shafiq took 2-11 as Sultans won by five wickets. The 22-year-old has not featured for the side since limping out of their next match against Quetta Gladiators.
Multan’s bowling attack has been weaker in his absence, and was outshone by a Hasan Ali-inspired Peshawar Zalmi who showed just why he’s the leading tournament wicket-taker with figures of 4-17. The Sultans were beaten by five wickets.
Despite the defeat, Multan will take heart from another strong performance from Junaid Khan, who has taken five wickets in their last two matches and Dan Christian picking up his first two wickets of the competition against Zalmi.
Islamabad United have bounced back from their early defeat to Multan and are on a two-match winning streak. Beating both Peshawar and Karachi Kings, they now sit in third with 2018 PSL player of the tournament Luke Ronchi looking in particularly fine form.
The Kiwi scored 67 not out off 35 balls as they beat the Kings by seven wickets, and the Sultans’ bowlers will need to put in a similar performance in their first match if they are to end their losing streak.