Our prediction is Lahore Qalandars will win this Match.
The PSL2019 has started and is gaining fan base with every passing match. Peshawar Zalmi lost their last match against Quetta Gladiators by 6 wickets. Misbah Ul Haq and Kamran Akmal played good knocks with the bat but they missed on their fifties by ending up on a score of 49 runs. They have international all rounder’s Liam Dawson, Kieron Pollard and Skipper Darren Sammy to man the lower order.
A quick fire knock from any of them could boost the team`s total to a great extent. Hasan Ali and Wahab Riaz form the pace bowling duo and their experience could do a lot of favor for the team`s bowling department.
Lahore Qalandars has an enviable batting line up that has enough firepower to dismantle any team`s bowling attack. Fakhar Zaman and Shoiab Akhtar open the batting and are followed T20 superstar AB de Villiers, Experienced Mohammed Hafeez and Kiwi all-rounder Anton Devcich. They have a host of pace bowlers in the team with the likes of Rahat Ali, Hardus Viljoin, Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf.
Yasir Shah and Mohammed Hafeez take care of the spin bowling department. They have a very well experienced bowling and batting line up with players having vast experience in T20 circuit.
Kieron Pollard – Pollard is one of the most experienced players in the T20 circuit. His ability to hit sixes at the end of the innings and bowl some handy overs makes him a good addition to the team.
Hasan Ali – Hasan Ali has made a name for himself in the international circuit with his great control of line and length in his bowling. He would look to keep up to his bowling standards.
Stats from the tournament:
Misbah Ul Haq – 49*(32 balls) (4X4s, 2X6s)
Wahab Riaz – bowling figures of 4-0-18-2
Kamran Akmal (wk), Daren Sammy (c), Misbah-ul-Haq, Kieron Pollard, Wahab Riaz, Andre Fletcher, Liam Dawson, Umaid Asif, Sohaib Maqsood, Sameen Gul,
Umaid Asif, Hasan Ali, Wayne Madsen, Umar Amin, Imam-ul-Haq, Liam Dawson, Wahab Riaz, Kieron Pollard, DJG Sammy, Ibtisam Sheikh, Kamran Akmal
Fakhar Zaman – Fakhar is an explosive opener who has the ability to provide rapid starts . He looked good in both the matches played so far.
Rahat Ali – Rahat Ali has been bowling superbly and has already captured 7 wickets in just two matches played. He will look to trouble the batsmen with his pace and control.
Stats from the tournament:
Fakhar Zaman – 91 runs at strike rate 130 (HS – 65 , 50s-1)
Rahat Ali – 7 wickets at an economy of 6.1 RPO (BB –4/29)
Fakhar Zaman, Sohail Akhtar, AB de Villiers, Anton Devcich, Mohammad Hafeez (c), Brendan Taylor (wk), Hardus Viljoen, Yasir Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Rahat Ali.
Sohail Akhtar, BRM Taylor, Hardus Viljoen, Rahat Ali, F Zaman, Hassan Khan, Anton Devcich, AB de Villiers, Shaheen Afridi, Agha Salman, Haris Rauf
Dubai Pitch has an tinge of grass and it is known to help the fast bowlers with the zipping past the batsmen at a good pace. The average score in this pitch is between 150-170 runs. Dubai is not a high scoring ground and teams will look to put pressure ion opposition with disciplined bowling.
Dubai Ground has almost equal win-loss stats for team`s batting first and second. But, the teams are looking to chase in T20s extensively as it seems a safer option. Both teams will look to chase down the total and dew factor come into play in second essay.
Lahore Qalandars have a strong playing XI than the Peshawar Zalmi on the paper with more experience and more depth in their fast bowling especially. So we expect Lahore to win this contest.
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