Pakistan Super League 2021 Match 17
Peshawar Zalmi vs Lahore Qalandars – June 10th
Getting a chance to play first up and then recording a victory would have been a wonderful feeling for the Qalandars. With this latest success over Islamabad United, Lahore Qalandars is now positioned securely at the top of the points table and will be looking to sustain their dominance.
Apart from that, the Qalandars have a respectable team with sufficient experience available in Mohammad Hafeez and Fakhar Zaman. Also, Sohail Akhtar has been in wonderful form for them and will like to maintain scoring runs for his team. Arguably, Rashid Khan is their main performer who will be more than a trickle in UAE’s circumstances. All in all, the Qalandars have a modest side and with the force gained from their previous game, they will not be a simple side to deal with.
Possible playing XI: Fakhar Zaman, Muhammad Zaid Alam, Mohammad Hafeez, Ben Dunk, Shaheen Afridi, James Faulkner, Rashid Khan, Zeeshan Ashraf, Sohail Akhtar, Haris Rauf, Dilbar Hussain.
Peshawar Zalmi won three games in the first phase of the tournament and will want to develop on top of that – rapidly. Right before the tournament was halted, Peshawar Zalmi flopped to score what could have been an inspiring win over Karachi Kings as they could not uphold even a 188-run total.
Peshawar Zalmi includes some of the stalwarts of the T20 in Ravi Bopara, Shoaib Malik, and Wahab Riaz. These players have provided regularly for their respective teams over the years across the world and their experience could come in helpful for the youngsters. Apart from them, they have the likes of Kamran Akmal, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, and Haider Ali at their disposal.
Possible playing XI: Kamran Akmal, Wahab Riaz, Shoaib Malik, Ravi Bopara, Amad Butt, Saqib Mahmood, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Imam-ul-Haq, Haider Ali, Sherfane Rutherford, Mohammad Imran.
The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:
The Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi has yielded some good scores in T20 games played here. While bowlers have also come into play, batsmen have relished the conditions extra. Owing to the smaller boundaries, the batters have exploited these conditions at the cost of bowlers. However, the batsmen will be wary of the early swing and seam movement. Teams have favoured chasing in Abu Dhabi.
While the two sides are paired equally on paper, the Qalandars have the benefit of having already played a match at this venue. Moreover, they won that game and will probably be bursting with confidence.
Lahore Qalandars as expected are the favourites entering this game at the pre-match odds of 1.74, while Peshawari Zalmi trail at 2.10. Contemplating that and the other above-stated elements, we are placing our bets on a Qalandars victory and so should you.