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Toss Winner - Peshawar Zalmi won the toss and chose to bowl first
Lahore Qalandars beat Peshawar Zalmi by 29 runs
Lahore Qalandars search 5th consecutive win against Zalmi
Lahore Qalandars to win
Tournament: Pakistan Super League 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: National Stadium, Karachi, Pakistan | Toss: To BowlBet Now
We are into the 9th game of the Pakistan Super League, 2022 and we shall have an interesting contest between the Peshawar Zalmi and the Lahore Qalandars. Both sides have won a game each so far. Peshawar Zalmi went down against Islamabad United in their previous game while the Qalandars come here with a win against the Karachi Kings.
It is interesting to note that both sides have struggled with their bowling so far especially the Peshawar Zalmi. It was a massive win for the Qalandars in their last game and they would look to make use of the momentum. The two sides match well in terms of team strengths, and we expect to see a close contest in this game.
Wahab Riaz returned as captain, and it was a terrible show from their bowlers in the last game against Islamabad United. The side put up 168 runs on the board but went down by 9 wickets. Riaz was injured in the last game and the side would want him on the side. They will have to bowl well as a unit to win this game given the batting strength they are up against.
Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Yasir Khan failed in the last game and the side would need them to deliver the goods here. In the middle order runs Shoaib Malik would have to guide the youngsters and add runs with Haider Ali and Hussain Talat. In Ben Cutting and Sherfane Rutherford, they have powerful strikers of the ball and runs would be expected from their bats.
Sohail Khan has been expensive with the new ball, and he would have to get early wickets along with Wahab Riaz. Usman Qadir and Patrick Brown haven’t got their lines right and the side would expect a better show from them in this game. Talat did well with the ball in the last game and he would aim to bowl tight lines with Cutting and Malik in this game.
Wahab Riaz (c), Tom Kohler-Cadmore (wk), Yasir Khan, Haider Ali, Hussain Talat, Shoaib Malik, Sherfane Rutherford, Ben Cutting, Sohail Khan, Usman Qadir, Patrick Brown
Usman Qadir, Hazratullah Zazai, Arish Ali Khan, Kamran Akmal, Salman Irshad, Wahab Riaz, Ben Cutting, Hussain Talat, Sherfane Rutherford, Shoaib Malik, Haider Ali
The Qalandars come here with a comprehensive win. Shaheen Afridi’s side defeated the Karachi Kings in their last game by 6 wickets. Their batsmen have looked in good form in both the games the side has played but it is the bowling attack that is giving them a headache. Afridi shall have to lead from the front and expect a better show from his bowlers here.
Fakhar Zaman has looked in tremendous form and he would aim to provide the side with a good start opening with Abdullah Shafique. The side has good strength in the middle order with Mohammad Hafeez, Kamran Ghulam, and David Weise in the side. They would also want to see fast run-scoring towards the end from Ben Dunk, Samit Patel, and Rashid Khan in this game.
Afridi and Zaman Khan must bowl tight lines in this game with the new ball as Peshawar Zalmi have good firepower with the bat. Rashid Khan has been the pick of the bowlers and he would need to do well in the middle overs with Haris Rauf. Weise, Patel, and Hafeez are experienced bowlers, and the side would like to see strong performances from them in this game.
Shaheen Afridi (c), Fakhar Zaman, Abdullah Shafique, Mohammad Hafeez, Kamran Ghulam, Samit Patel, Ben Dunk (wk), David Wiese, Rashid Khan, Haris Rauf, Zaman Khan
Abdullah Shafiq, Zeeshan Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Kamran Ghulam, Zaman Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Rashid Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Dean Foxcroft, David Wiese, Haris Rauf
The skies over Karachi would be clear on February 2. The surface would be flat as well have seen in all the games that have been played here and perfect for batting during the game. Bowlers are likely to struggle and side batting first would need 180 runs on this track to feel safe.
National Stadium Karachi has one of the best batting surfaces in Pakistan with a flat track and fast outfield. It is a tough venue for the fast bowlers in this format of the game with no assistance for them. Spinners get good rewards from the surface as the ball grips the surface and turns sharply.
Six games have been played in the tournament and all six have been won by the sides that have chased the scores. The wicket is perfect for batting, and we have seen big scores being chased relatively easily. The side winning the toss here should have no hesitation in bowling first.
Peshawar Zalmi comes onto this game after a massive loss. Their bowling attack was destroyed in the last game, and they would have to make massive improvements in this department to win the game here. The Lahore Qalandars have a very strong batting line-up and they have enjoyed an excellent record against Zalmi. This would make them favorites to win this game.
Lahore Qalandars to win
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