Pakistan T20 League 2023, Final: MUL vs LAH Preview and Fantasy Prediction
Pakistan T20 League 2023
Final: MUL vs LAH
The Final match of the thrilling PAK T20 League will occur between MUL vs LAH on Saturday, 18th March 2023, at 07:30 PM IST in Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium.
The champions from 2021 are unbeaten. They turned their fortunes from three defeats in a run to three victories in a row, thanks to some excellent performances.
At Rawalpindi, MUL recorded a 262-run total when batting first before holding on to a total of 243 in the Qualifier.
Although Rizwan will always be the lineup's star hitter, a few other players have recently performed standout. Against PES, Rilee Rossouw scored 121 runs off 51 balls. In the next game, Usman Khan, the opening batsman, performed a 120-run knock of only 43 balls.
Currently, the MUL are ordered in ascending order. However, the fact that MUL's middle order constantly performs well makes them even more dangerous. As was predicted, Rilee Rossouw, Kieron Pollard, and Tim David are hitting the ball at excellent strike rates.
Chasing totals has been a challenging pitch here in Lahore. However, the MUL will have a difficult task if they are assigned to bowl first after losing the toss. They would need their batters to put up yet another outstanding effort. Partnerships will be crucial, and Rizwan will be the batting lineup's backbone.
Before playing PES in the second elimination round of the playoffs, LAH had lost their previous two games. These defeats, by margins of 84 and 86 runs, were severe.
And it's a huge thing to recover from that with a successful run chase on a field where no other team has done it this season.
Despite the batting order's lack of standout performances, Mirza Tahir Baig's fifty at the top has given them hope. However, Fakhar Zaman struggled at the top as Sam Billings and Sikandar Raza played a good knock in the middle.
For the fourth wicket, Baig and Billings scored 50 runs in only 26 balls during the middle overs. It was important for the run chase. Rashid Khan and David Wiese are also among the lower-ranking hitters for them. These two can provide a useful knock and aid in the conclusion with the bat.
The bowling attack has much quality, with players like Rashid Khan, Haris Rauf, and captain Shaheen Afridi. However, this squad has a lot of alternatives for grabbing wickets, and it will take more work for the opposition to handle.
In terms of batting, there is still an opportunity for development. At the top and middle, several important players struggled to get going, and LAH wanted something else in the championship game.
Match: MUL vs LAH, Final, Pakistan T20 League, 2023
Date: Saturday, March 18, 2023
Time: 07:30 PM
Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
Pitch and Weather Report
This season, no team has been able to chase the target in Lahore effectively. Given the circumstances, the decision is rather clear-cut. Gain the toss, and choose to bat first.
On this field, the average first-inning score in domestic T20 matches is 175 runs. Teams batting first have triumphed in 26 of the 39 games played here.
This pitch requires some finesse. It facilitates hitters using their strokes freely in the first inning but becomes much more challenging in the second. A high temperature of 24℃ and partly cloudy weather are forecast.
LAH vs MUL Squads
MUL: Usman Khan, Usama Mir, Shan Masood, Sameen Gul, Rilee Rossouw, Adil Rashid, Mohammad Rizwan (c), David Miller, Khushdil Shah, Ihsanullah, Akeal Hosein, Anwar Ali, Abbas Afridi, Arafat Minhas, Mohammad Sarwar, Kieron Pollard, Mohammad Ilyas, Carlos Brathwaite, Tim David, Sheldon Cottrell, Izharulhaq Naveed
LAH: Zaman Khan, David Wiese, Sikandar Raza, Rashid Khan, Kamran Ghulam, Hussain Talat, Haris Rauf, Fakhar Zaman, Dilbar Hussain, Liam Dawson, Jordan Cox, Ahmed Daniyal, Abdullah Shafique, Shaheen Afridi (c), Mirza Tahir Baig, Jalat Khan, Shawaiz Irfan, Shai Hope, Sam Billings, Ahsan Bhatti
MUL vs LAH Probable Playing XIs
MUL: Mohammad Rizwan (c & wk), Usman Khan, Rilee Rossouw, Kieron Pollard, Tim David, Khushdil Shah, Anwar Ali, Usama Mir, Abbas Afridi, Sheldon Cottrell, Ihsanullah
LAH: Mirza Tahir Baig, Fakhar Zaman, Abdullah Shafique, Sam Billings (wk), Ahsan Bhatti, Sikandar Raza, David Wiese, Rashid Khan, Shaheen Afridi (c), Haris Rauf, Zaman Khan
MUL is on a song here with back-to-back victories. In contrast, LAH will be on a roll after their spectacular comeback in the last game. MUL came out on top in our team study regarding potential and present performance. The game's toss might be quite substantial. The side batting first will be in a better position. MUL will start as the match's favorites with a stronger squad and better form.
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