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Do Multan Sultans have the firepower to be successful in PSL 6?

The postponed Pakistan Super League 6 saw Multan Sultans claiming the fifth spot on the points table after grabbing just one win in 5 games. Although Multan was neither too bad nor too good and was involved in some nail-biting thrillers.

The last year semi-finalists suffered their most heartbreaking defeat against Peshawar Zalmi in a thriller when a target of 194 by Multan looked unachievable at one stage for Zalmi. However, it was Haider Ali’s blitz in the end which took Multan over the line and denied Sultans their second win. Multan Sultans bagged their only win against Lahore Qalandars in the Punjab derby.

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Multan Sultans will be led by Mohammad Rizwan who has scored the most international runs in 2021. He hammered 827 runs at an average of 82.70 especially in the shortest format of the game. Having scored 297 runs in the Karachi leg at an incredible average of 59.4, the elite wicket-keeper batsman will be the most important player for Multan Sultans in the Abu Dhabi leg.

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Shan Masood who was impressive in PSL 5 can be handy as an opener or can be used as a number 3 batsman. Meanwhile, the powerful middle-order batsman Sohaib Maqsood will be looking forward to showing strong performances with the bat to make a comeback in the national squad before the T20I World Cup.

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The T20 specialist Sohail Tanveer, experienced Sohail Khan and skiddy Imran Khan SR, form a fiery pace attack. The spin wizard Usman Qadir will be looking forward to maintaining his good performances and further cementing his place in Pakistan’s T20I squad.

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The Multan Sultans have made some formidable foreign picks. The PSL 5 centurion Rilee Rossouw can strengthen the middle order. While West Indian hard hitter Shimron Hetymer can be a dangerous player for the opposition teams who could turn matches in Multan’s favour single-handedly.

Afghanistan youngster Rahmanullah Gurbaz, who has smashed 446 runs in just 13 T20Is, will be available for Multan Sultans. The muscular opener Johnson Charles will be bringing his powerful shots and effortless maximums.

The spin king Imran Tahir will strengthen the spin attack. His presence will be a blessing for the management and the captain on spin-friendly Abu Dhabi tracks. The spearhead of Zimbabwe’s pace attack Blessing Muzarbani has also signed for Multan Sultans. He came into the limelight by dismissing premium batsman Babar Azam 5 times in international cricket.

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Multan Sultans have chosen quality local players. Hard-hitter batsman Khushdil Shah will be hoping to find form and make his case stronger through consistent performances for his reconsideration in the national team. Left-arm fast bowler Sohaibullah and 21-year old Muhammad Umer are some exciting fast bowlers with having huge potentials.

The 21-year old fast bowler Shahnawaz Dhani who amazed everyone with his bowling will be raring to perform in the Abu Dhabi leg. He is currently the third-highest wicket-taker with 9 wickets in 4 games. He will again be the one to watch out for in the Abu Dhabi leg.

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Multan Sultans have a very experienced T20 lineup and contain all the firepower to lift the glamorous trophy, however, the age factor can be one disadvantage for Multan Sultans in the long run.

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