Multan Sultans will lock horns with Quetta Gladiators in match no. 25 of the 2020 Pakistan Super League at the Gaddafi Stadium, in Lahore this Wednesday evening.
While Multan Sultans have almost sealed their berth in the knock-out stages, Quetta Gladiators are lingering at the bottom of the table. But, don’t get deceived, because this will be far from a one-sided encounter. Your added incentive – lucrative odds at your disposal which are bound to make you richer by the end of the game.
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We should consider ourselves very lucky to be offered odds of 2.10 for this deal and I’ll tell you why. Even though Multan Sultans are at the top of the points table at the present moment, they have fallen behind by some distance when it comes to big hitting. Having played a total of seven matches this season, the Sultans’ batsmen have managed to clear the ropes a total of 30 times at an average of just 4.2 per innings. In the above sample space, the PSL side has hit seven or more sixes just once. So, you can imagine which way we are heading to.
Dissecting the matter even further, it was a surprising revelation that no player from the side was a part of the top-five six hitters list. Rilee Rossouw, who is at the 10th spot with eight strikes, has hit six maximums in one game and the rest two in the remaining fixtures. In the two matches they played at the Gaddafi Stadium, the Sultans have struck nine sixes at a rate of 4.5 per innings. I don’t see them hitting more than six in the next match, making it the safest bet in the market.
Both the teams have had mixed fortunes in terms of the opening stand, but we get a clear winner if we scrutinise the past records minutely. In the eight matches they have played so far, the Quetta have been outscored for the opening stand in just three of their matches. Their opening pair has put up a total of 246 runs combined at an average of 30.75 runs per innings and conceded just 181 runs (22.6 runs per innings) in a similar time frame. In the only match they played against the likes of Sultans this season, their opening partnership was 57 compared to the latter’s 23.
On the flip side, Multan Sultans have been outscored three times in the six matches they have played so far. Overall, they have put on 193 runs at an average of 32.16 runs per innings before the fall of the first wicket, but have shipped in 257 runs simultaneously at a rate of almost 43 runs per innings. Moreover, in the two matches, they have played In Lahore this season; they have been outscored by their opponents each time. There’s no stopping us from doubling our investment within hours.
Multan Sultans have owned the tournament so far, sitting at the top of the table with 11 points, winning five, losing one sharing spoils in the remaining one. The only match they conceded was against Islamabad United back on February 22. Following which they are unbeaten for five matches in a row with four wins to their credit. A win in the next match would technically book them a berth in the play-off stages and they would more than eager to pull off the coup. With players like Rilee Rossouw, James Vince and Moeen Ali bolstering their batting line up, while Sohail Tanveer and Junaid Khan shining with the ball, they are the team to beat.
On the other hand, Quetta Gladiators are suffering a four-match losing streak which more or less sums up their disappointing campaign. They are placed at the rock bottom with six points from eight matches. With no realistic chances of making it to the playoffs, the team is unlikely to stage an upset in Lahore this Wednesday evening. Adding to their misery, they are yet to win a match at the Gaddafi Stadium. If you want guaranteed returns, this is the deal for you.
James Vince has been making rounds in the domestic T20 league around the world and there’s no reason to believe that he is incapable of striking just three boundaries. And with odds of 1.80 stacked in his favour, we ought to take advantage of the situation. In the five matches he has played so far in this season of the PSL, he has hit a total of 26 boundaries at a rate of over five per innings. The Englishman has struck more than two in three of those matches. Well, having played a few matches in the PSL so far, checking his stats would be a wise decision.
In the last edition of the Pakistan Super League, the Brit played eight matches and hit and sent the ball to the ropes a total of 26 times (3.25 per innings). Meanwhile, in the last three matches against the Gladiators, the right-hander has hit a total of 12 fours at rate of four per innings. Having tasted the conditions at the Gaddafi Stadium before, where he hit six fours the last time he played, it is unlikely that he is going to settle for anything less than three in the next match. With a return of 1.80 times the investment on offer, everyone should deal in.
The other English top-order batsman, who is featuring for the Gladiators, has been playing with equal authority in the PSL. It’s surprising that the right-hander has been listed with odds of 1.83 to score just 23 runs, which has given us a chance to earn some easy cash. His scores in the last five innings – 6, 45, 12, 30, and 50, racking up 143 runs at an average of 28.4 runs per innings, have scored more than 22 runs in three of those matches. Overall, the right-hander has piled up 233 runs at a rate of 33.29 runs per innings, which proves he has been consistent.
Even though Roy hasn’t played too many domestic leagues in the past few months, the batsman has given a good start for his national side in the away tour to South Africa. In the three matches, he played over there, the opener 117 runs, sporting an average of 39 runs per innings and getting past the 22-run mark twice. He isn’t a player to give away his wicket cheaply, is he? Gifted with his classy strokes, I am convinced that he is going to score at least 23 runs in the upcoming match and win us loads of money.
The South African has played multiple leagues around the world and he’s still delivering at a ripe age of 40. You wouldn’t believe that he is the second-highest wicket-taker this season, with 10 scalps in six games he bowled and Bet 365 has gifted us with odds of 4.0 for him to top the bowling charts. His figures in this season are – 2/13, 2/27, 3/28, 1/23, 0/44, and 2/21. He was the pick of the bowlers in two of the above-mentioned matches and has taken at least a wicket in four of the above-mentioned cases. But, wait there’s more to it.
Overall, Tahir has played 16 matches in the Pakistan Super League in his career and has picked up 21 wickets overall at an average of 8.0. To list some more of his heroics in the shortest format, let me inform you that Tahir has scalped 17 times in the Mzansi Super League a few months ago and bagged 19 wickets in 11 matches during the Vitality Blast last year. He sure knows how to make his presence felt and I hardly doubt he’s going to let us down in the upcoming match. Just go and place your bets, because this is a winning deal.