It is a big final of the PSL 2021, where two deserving teams, Multan Sultans will be up against Peshawar Zalmi. The two teams will play at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi on 24th June.
The Multan Sultans had a mix season of both ups and downs as they won 5 matches out of 10 matches in the group stages and lost 5 other matches. They ended at second spot with 10 points but with a healthy net run rate of +1.050. Peshawar Zalmi too had a similar type of season as they won 5 matches out of 10 matches and lost other 5 in group stage. Their net run rate is just a little lower than Sultans which was +0.586.
In the playoffs Sultans defeated the table toppers Islamabad United and progressed to the final whereas in the eliminator Zalmi defeated Karachi Kings and in the second qualifiers defeated the Islamabad United who got a second opportunity.
Multan Sultans vs Peshawar Zalmi: MUL vs PES Dream11 Team Predictions: Wicket keeper
Mohammad Rizwan will lead his side Multan Sultans as a Wicket Keeper batsman. He is the second highest run scorer in the tournament so far and would be aiming to secure the top spot for which he needs 85 runs. His average in this season is 47.00 which is phenomenal. Not only with the bat, he has also been their safest man with the gloves behind the wickets.
Peshawar Zalmi will probably choose the experienced Kamran Akmal over the youngsters as their Wicket keeper batsman. He has been in a decent form but surely preforming below average. He played an important 53 run innings off just 32 balls against the Islamabad United. But due to his international experience he is expected to put on a last show in the finals.
Multan Sultans vs Peshawar Zalmi: MUL vs PES Dream11 Team Predictions: Batsmen
Looking at all the batsmen performances it is safe to assume that Multan Sultans will go unchanged in the finals. Shoaib Maqsood is their biggest find as he has been tremendous with the bat, he also played a very important innings of 59 of 41 balls against the Islamabad United. He had shaped the top order in many occasions.
Maqsood is also expected to open the inning with captain Rizwan, he has had a season of ups and down but he needs to forget everything and focus on the final.
In the middle order Johnson Charles has been a good pick. He was in a fine touch against the United as he scored a fire inning of 41 off just 21 balls.
Rilee Rossouw will also have the responsibility to take the team through the middle overs and make sure they have plenty of runs in the board.
Peshawar Zalmi has the most experienced and explosive Pakistani batsman in their side, Shoaib Malik. He is a typical match winner and has shown his batting abilities wherever he performs. Against the Islamabad United he got to face only 10 balls and he scored a blistering 32 run.
Apart from Malik they got a fine opener, Hazratullah Zazai who against the United played a crucial 66 run knock in just 44 balls, and he will be hoping to continue the momentum in the final.
J. Wells also looked in form against United with a score of 55 off 43. So overall the batting has come together at the right time.
Multan Sultans vs Peshawar Zalmi: MUL vs PES Dream11 Team Predictions: All rounders
As for the all-rounder options Umaid Asif would be a choice for the Zalmi because they do not have much options on their squads and that's one criteria they are lagging.
But Shoaib Malik could bowl some tight spin overs whenever required but the team might not depend upon him too much because he already has batting pressure.
Multan Sultans has Sohail Tanvir, though he is seen as a pure bowler but at times could play some small cameos whenever required but again the team will not rely on him because of his duties as a pure bowler.
Multan Sultans vs Peshawar Zalmi: MUL vs PES Dream11 Team Predictions: Bowling
Wahab Riaz will lead the bowling attack for Zalmi into the finals. He has been one of the players with experience and has also been in a good form. He has one of the best bowling figures in this tournament with 4/17 with an economy of 4.25. He also took 2 wickets against the Islamabad United in the first qualifiers.
He will have support from another premium bowler in M. Irfan. He hasn't been among the wicket takers but very economical. In his last 5 matches his average economy rate is below 6 i.e., 5.7 and has 7 wickets to his name.
Multan Sultan has one of the best bowlers this season in Shahnawaz Dhani. He is the highest wicket taker with 20 wickets in 10 matches. His best bowling figures in his tournament was 4/5. All the eyes will be on Dhani in this mega final.
He will be supported by Imran Tahir in the spin department who has 8 wickets in the last 5 matches. He also has a good bowling figure of 3/7 and has also been very economical.
Looking at recent form of players from both the teams, the ideal Dream11 team for this match should have 2 Wicket Keeper, 4 Batsman, 2 All rounders and 3 Bowlers.
Wicket keeper - M. Rizwan and K Akmal
Batsmen - Maqsood, S. Malik, Zazai, J. Charles
All Rounders - U. Asif and S. Tanvir.
Bowlers - W. Riaz, S. Dhani, Tahir, M. Irfan