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Lahore Qalandars vs Peshawar Zalmi, Pakistan Super League 2020, Today Match Prediction

14 Nov 2020 | 20:30 | National Stadium, Karachi
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Lahore Qalandars’ big fight against Peshawar Zalmi

  • Lahore Qalandars’ batting is strong with Fakhar Zaman, Tamim Iqbal and Mohammad Hafeez in the side
  • Lahore Qalandars’ bowlers Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf did well for Pakistan in recent series against Zimbabwe
  • Peshawar Zalmi’s bowling attack hasn’t done well this season and this tilts the balance against them

Lahore Qalandars to win

  • Tournament: Pakistan Super League 2020
  • Format: T20
  • Venue: National Stadium, Karachi
  • Toss: To Bat

Pakistan Super League 2020

Name M Won Lost Tied NR PTs NRR
Multan Sultans 10 6 2 0 2 14 1.031
Karachi Kings 10 5 4 0 1 11 -0.19
Lahore Qalandars 10 5 5 0 0 10 -0.072
Peshawar Zalmi 10 4 5 0 1 9 -0.055
Quetta Gladiators 10 4 5 0 1 9 -0.722
Islamabad United 10 3 6 0 1 7 0.185
PTs NRR M Won Lost Tied NR
14 1.031 10 6 2 0 2
11 -0.19 10 5 4 0 1
10 -0.072 10 5 5 0 0
9 -0.055 10 4 5 0 1
9 -0.722 10 4 5 0 1
7 0.185 10 3 6 0 1

lhq vs psz Match Prediction & Analysis

Lahore Qalandars would be taking on the Peshawar Zalmi in the 1st Eliminator game of the Pakistan Super League 2020. The tournament is resuming after 7 months when the Covid-19 pandemic resulted in the postponement into the playoff stage. Both the sides would be rusty and have to get their playing XI right with some overseas players missing as they go into this do-or-die contest. 

Lahore Qalandars did well in the final stages of the tournament to finish within the Top 4, the first time the side has managed to get into the final stages of the tournament. They will be looking to win this one and proceed further. Peshawar Zalmi lost form in the final stages but they have experience of playing at this stage and this will count a lot in this game. 

Teams Preview

Lahore Qalandars Preview

Sohail Akhtar would be looking for the same spirit from his sides as they had shown in the final stages of the league games. They had won the last four out of five games to earn themselves a place in the playoffs after a slow start. Akhtar would look for a good show from his strong batting line-up in this game. 

Batting is the side’s strength and they will expect a good start from Fakhar Zaman and Tamim Iqbal in this game. The side will miss the services of Chris Lynn at the top. In the middle order the side has good players in Ben Dunk, Akhtar and Mohammad Hafeez and they add strength to the side. With David Wiese and Samit Patel down the order the side has good firepower in its batting.

Shaheen Afridi and Hafeez will have to grab wickets with the new ball as they have been the best performers for the side. In Wiese and Haris Rauf they have bowlers who can stop the flow of runs in the middle overs. Dilbar Hussain and Patel will need to focus on bowling tingt lines in this game. 

Lahore Qalandars Predicted Playing XI:

Sohail Akhtar (c), Fakhar Zaman, Tamim Iqbal, Ben Dunk (wk), Mohammad Hafeez, Samit Patel, David Wiese, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Raja Farzan, Dilbar Hussain

Peshawar Zalmi Preview

Daren Sammy’s side struggled in the last phase of the league games but the most successful team in this tournament’s history would be looking to turn it around here. They have players who have done well when the going has gone tough and Sammy would pin his hopes on the big guns of the side to deliver in this game. 

Kamran Akmal shall look to provide a good start in this game along with Imam-ul Haq. Akmal had been in great form in the league stages. In the middle order the side packs good experience with Liam Livingstone and Shoaib Malik having done well. Faf du Plessis who did well in the IPL is a good addition to the middle order. Carlo Brathwaite and Sammy will be looking to use the long handle in this game. 

Their bowlers would have to do well as this is one of the weak areas for the side. Wahab Riaz and Hasan Ali need to work their magic with the new ball as Lahore has a strong batting line-up. In Sohaib Malik and Yasir Shah they have lot of experience for the middle overs. The side would expect tight line and length from Brathwaite in this game. 

Peshawar Zalmi Predicted Playing XI:

Darren Sammy (c), Kamran Akmal (wk), Imam-ul-Haq, Carlo Brathwaite, Laim Livingstone, Faf du Plessis, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Yasir Shah, Shoaib Malik, Rahat Ali

Pitch And Weather Conditions

Hr Temp Rain W. speed W. direction Clouds
00h 20 0 mm. 1.96 k/h From: N 0%
03h 23 0 mm. 1.12 k/h From: NNE 0%
06h 29 0 mm. 1.04 k/h From: SW 0%
09h 31 0 mm. 4.47 k/h From: SW 0%
12h 29 0 mm. 5.19 k/h From: WSW 0%
15h 25 0 mm. 4.21 k/h From: W 0%
18h 25 0 mm. 5.05 k/h From: WNW 0%
21h 24 0 mm. 4.43 k/h From: WSW 0%

Weather Conditions

The skies over Karachi would be clear on November 14 and it would be a cool evening with the temperatures dropping as the game progresses. We expect to see a flat surface here where there isn’t likely to be much for the bowlers. The side batting first in this game would be eying a score near the 200 run mark to feel comfortable.

Venue Details

National Stadium Karachi is a great surface to bat on and batsmen can play the ball on the up with not much of bounce available to the fast bowlers. Fast bowlers have struggled here at thus venue in the past as there is hardly anything in the surface for them. Spinners have enjoyed good success given the turn that is on offer.

Toss: To Bat

The conditions aren’t likely to change much in this game as it is a late evening start. The pitch here has always been a good one to bat on and we have seen big scores being put up here. We expect the captain winning the toss to bat first in this game.

LHQ vs PSZ Winning Prediction

It will be an interesting contest as the performances of the two sides in the league stage would count little given the long break we have seen in this tournament. Lahore Qalandars have a very strong batting line-up and their bowlers have done well as well. Peshawar Zalmi is good with the bat but their bowlers have struggled. While there is little to choose between the two sides at the moment Lahore Qalandars would start slightly ahead in this game.

Lahore Qalandars to win

Author: S. Bhatarjee