Today on 19th February, PSL 2023 will have its first doubleheader and the first match to be played in day time which is exciting to see how the pitch behaves and whether the home team Multan Sultans will continue their dominance at their home venue. Last night, we saw another competitive game in PSL 2023 which went down the wire till the last over between KK vs QG Match 6 which eventually QG won due to good death bowling by Naseem & Hasnain. The first match today will be played between MS vs IU which is again expected to be a highly competitive match between two equally good teams on paper.
MS vs IU Match Details
Both teams are in good form and have winning momentum so it will be exciting to see how they play against each other. It is a 1st-day game in PSL 2023 so the dew factor won’t come into play.
Match: Multan Sultans vs Islamabad United, Match 7
Competition: Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2023
Date: 19th February 2023
Time: 02:00 PST or 2:30 PM IST
Ground: Multan International Cricket Stadium
MS vs IU Match Live Streaming
All cricket fans in Pakistan can enjoy PSL 2023 live streaming for free on the Daraz application which is available on both Android & iOS. My personal favorite is watching it on Tapmad TV which got no advertisements and you get to enjoy the match without annoying repetitive ads bothering you after every over. If you can pay 100 to 200 PKR then watching PSL 2023 on Tapmad is the best way to go.
There will be a bit of cloud cover during the game with temperatures expected to stay in the range of 30 to 19 degrees with humidity around 60%. The dew factor can come into play in the 2nd game while the day game is expected to be played in good normal conditions equally good for both teams.
As the pitches in Multan are getting used up so they are now getting a bit difficult to score big on a consistent basis with a little bit of seam movement available for pacers. Average 1st innings score on this venue is around 159 and we expect the team winning the toss to opt to bowl 1st to utilize any moisture it has on offer as we have seen last time when Ihsanullah completely destroyed Quetta Gladiators through his high-pace wicket-to-wicket bowling.
MS vs IU Probable Playing XIs
The momentum is with Multan Sultans as they won 2 back to back matches on the same ground, especially after a thumping victory against Quetta in the last game. Both teams will look to field the same team they played in their last match because of the winning combination psychology.
Below are the probable team XIs for MS vs IU match 7 of PSL 2023.
Multan Sultans: DA Miller, Shan Masood, RR Rossouw, Khushdil Shah, Kieron Pollard, CR Brathwaite, Mohammad Rizwan(C), Usama Mir, Sameen Gul, Abbas Afridi, Ihsanullah
Islamabad United: Asif Ali, Hassan Nawaz, C Munro, PR Stirling, HE van der Dussen, Faheem Ashraf, SH Khan(C), Azam Khan, Mohammad Wasim, Rumman Raees, TK Curran
MS vs IU Fantasy Team
Batting firepower in both teams is definitely the strongest point in this game so it will be interesting to see how many runs are scored in this game. Ihsanullah is the young star who everyone will look to see more of due to his high pace wicket to wicket probing line bowling.
Islamabad United’s strength is going hard from ball one till the last delivery so it will be a test of nerves for Multan’s inexperienced bowling line up how they cope with this added pressure that IU batters impose on every team.
Fantasy XI: Mohammad Rizwan (wk & c), Azam Khan, Shan Masood, RR Rossouw, Colin Munro, HE van der Dussen, Khushdil Shah, Shadab Khan (vc), Usama Mir, Ihsanullah, Mohammad Wasim
We have selected two wicket-keepers in our fantasy XI team because both of them are in super red-hot form with Rizwan as our preferred choice keeper with Azam as a batter. Shadab & Rizwan are our top options for captaincy as both are match-winners and have the ability to get you the maximum fantasy points. Because the pitches are now getting slower we expect Khusdhil Shah to continue his bowling heroics as he did in PSL 2022.
MS vs IU Head-to-Head PSL Record
In the last three games they played against each other, Sultans got the upper hand against United as they won all three of them which is surprising for many cricket fans as Islamabad is often considered the strongest team on paper in each edition of PSL.
Below is the overall record of MS vs IU in PSL all seasons.
MS vs IU Match Prediction
Experienced bookmakers predict Multan Sultans as favorites for this match with a winning probability of around 58 percent while Islamabad United have only 42% chances of winning it. To turn the tables around, IU will need to make sure they don’t lose too many wickets in the powerplay and have the platform set to go hard in the last 7 to 8 overs whether they are batting 1st or going for the chase.
The top batters you can bet on are Mohammad Rizwan, Shan Masood, Rilee Rossouw, Azam Khan, Rassie van der Dussen, and Colin Munro while in the bowling department, our go-to options to place bets on will be Ihsanullah, Shadab Khan & Usama Mir.
Share your thoughts below that you think will win this 7th match in PSL 2023.