Man of the Match: Misbah-ul-Haq
Can Peshawar Zalmi keep the 2nd position?
Our prediction is Peshawar Zalmi to win!
Lahore Qalandars will be desperate to get back to winning ways when they take on Peshawar Zalmi in the 25th game of Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.
Lahore Qalandars are currently lying fourth in the league table with 6 points to their name. The side will need to win their remaining games in bid to secure their place in the playoffs of the competition. Captain AB De Villiers will be focused to make sure Lahore can get a positive result out of this game.
On the other hand, Peshawar Zalmi will be keen to make a strong comeback after suffering a comprehensive defeat at the hands of Quetta Gladiators. With this result, Zalmi are currently lying second in the league table and will be looking to win this game in order to seal their place in the playoffs of this year’s competition.
The franchise will need to raise their game with bat and ball in order to produce a positive result against Peshawar Zalmi. Captain AB De Villiers will be playing his final game in the PSL game and will be determined to end his campaign on a winning note.
The side will be relying heavily on the likes of Fakhar Zaman, Sohail Akthar and AB De Villiers. Captain AB De Villiers is currently leading run-scorer so far this season with 218 runs in 7 matches at an average of 54.50.
Qalandars will be hoping that De Villiers can deliver something special with the bat. Opener Fakhar Zaman will need to produce runs with the bat at the top of the innings. He has done well so far this season and scored 183 runs in 7 matches. Zaman certainly has the ability to win games of cricket single-handedly.
Sohail Akthar, Haris Sohail and Corey Anderson chipped in with crucial runs for the side in the previous game played against Karachi Kings. Wicket-keeper batsman Gauhar Ali’s promotion to the top hasn’t worked so far in the last three games.
In the bowling department, Leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane was the standout bowler in the previous game. He was picked up two wickets and conceded just fourteen runs from his four overs. Medium-pacer David Wiese, Yasir Shah and Haris Rauf picked one wicket apiece.
AB De Villiers (c), Gauhar Ali (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Sohail Akthar, Corey Anderson, David Wiese, Rahat Ali, Haris Rauf, Yasir Shah, Sandeep Lamichhane, Aizaz Cheema
Sohail Akhtar, Sandeep Lamichhane, Rahat Ali, F Zaman, Haris Sohail, Anton Devcich, RN ten Doeschate, Shaheen Afridi, D Wiese, Umair Masood, Haris Rauf
Darren Sammy and co. will be keen to put in a much improved performance in this game. The side failed to deliver their best against Quetta Gladiators. Zalmi will be keen to win this game in order to take one step closer towards securing their place in the playoffs of the competition.
The franchise will be keen to win their remaining two games in order to finish top of the league in this year’s competition.
The biggest positive for Zalmi was wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal finding form with the bat in the previous game. Akmal certainly looked positive from the outset against Quetta Gladiators. He scored 72 off 50 balls with the help of seven fours and four sixes. He was well supported by Andre Fletcher, who was chipped with 26 off 28 balls with the help of two fours.
Kieron Pollard once again produced a fiery innings for Peshawar in the previous game. He scored unbeaten 44 off 21 balls with help of seven fours and a six.
Umar Amin, Imam-ul-Haq and Liam Dawson have delivered match-winning performances for the side in this year’s competition.
In the bowling department, Hasan Ali bowled well in the previous game. Wahab Riaz and Umaid Asif were expensive in the previous game. Sameen Gul and Liam Dawson also did a decent job for the side against Quetta Gladiators.
Darren Sammy (c), Kamran Akmal (wk), Imam-ul-Haq, Kieron Pollard, Umar Amin, Andre Fletcher, Liam Dawson, Umaid Asif, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Sameen Gul
Hasan Ali, TS Mills, Sameen Gul, Umar Amin, Imam-ul-Haq, Liam Dawson, Wahab Riaz, Kieron Pollard, DJG Sammy, Kamran Akmal, Misbah-ul-Haq
The pitch certainly played well in the previous game. The surface remained the same throughout the course of the game. The weather forecast for the game on Tuesday is going to be sunny.
The surface prepared for the game was excellent for batting. Peshawar Zalmi will certainly have an advantage as they have played their previous game at the venue.
Both the teams would be looking to bowl first on this surface. The previous game was won by side batting second.
Peshawar Zalmi will be favorites to win this game against Lahore Qalandars. Darren Sammy’s side is better placed at the moment and will be hard to dislodge in this game.
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