LQ vs PZ Match Prediction & Betting Tips - Mar 17, 2023
We have now reached the fag end of the latest season of the Pakistan Super League, where the Lahore Qalandars will face off against the Peshawar Zalmi to claim the second berth in Saturday’s Finals, where the winners of this match will play against the Multan Sultans.
It has been an even record for both teams in head-to-head encounters this season, as both teams have won 1 game each against each other. However, a look at some of the popular cricket betting sites suggests that Lahore Qalandars have a slight edge in this contest.
LQ vs PZ Team Previews
The Lahore Qalandars were the best team during the group stages where they were the first teams to qualify for the playoffs and finished at the top of the table. They won 6 of their first 7 matches. However, they have faltered a bit during the last couple of weeks, losing 3 of their last 4 matches, including Qualifier 1 against the Multan Sultans.
Fakhar Zaman is in red-hot form for the Qalandars this season and has scored a total of 384 runs, including a century and 2 half-centuries. However, he fell cheaply against the Multan Sultans during Qualifier 1, and the team will be banking on him to put in a better performance here.
The other top-order batsmen, including Mirza Baig, Abdullah Shafique, and Sam Billings have performed well in patches. A good performance from them in this match will take plenty of load off Zaman’s shoulders. The presence of all-rounders like Sikandar Raza, David Weise, and Hussain Talat adds depth to the Qalandars’ batting.
The Qalandars have plenty of strength in their seam attack, as Haris Rauf, Zaman Khan, and skipper Shaheen Afridi, all are in good form. However, the team does lack a bit in the spin department as Rashid Khan is the only specialist spinner in the line-up.
The Qalandars have a well-balanced line-up but will need to put the recent setbacks behind them and take the field with a positive frame of mind here.
Lahore Qalandars Playing 11
Fakhar Zaman, Tahir Baig, Abdullah Shafiq, Sam Billings, Ahsan Bhatti, Sikandar Raza, David Wiese, Rashid Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Zaman Khan.
The journey of Peshawar Zalmi has been quite opposite to that of the Qalandars during the group stage. They have lacked consistency in their performances but have done enough to scrape through and manage a 4th place finish in the end. Peshawar faced Islamabad United in the Eliminator and managed to hold their nerves right till the end, as they won the match by 12 runs.
The batsmen at the top of the order have batted well for Peshawar, with skipper Babar Azam leading from the front. Babar has scored 5 half-centuries and a brilliant century to score a total of 480 runs so far. Saim Ayub too is in good form and together, the duo has put up some excellent opening partnerships.
Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Mohammad Haris have been pretty solid in the middle order. However, the all-rounders lower down the order, James Neesham and Azmatullah Omarzai haven’t been able to get going and failed to lift the team’s total during the death overs.
The bowling has been a weak link for Peshawar this season. Wahab Riaz, their most experienced bowler, has picked up just 9 wickets in 10 matches, while the others, including Omarzai and Aamer Jamal, have been very expensive. Peshawar has conceded more than 150 runs in each of the 11 matches they have played this season and they have given away more than 200 runs in 4 of those matches, which speaks volumes about the lack of quality of bowling.
While the batsmen have performed well, it is the bowlers who will need to step up if Peshawar wants to make it to the finals.
Peshawar Zalmi Playing 11
Saim Ayub, Babar Azam, Mohammad Haris, Tom Kohler Cadmore, Haseebullah Khan, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Aamer Jamal, Azmatullah Omarzai, Wahab Riaz, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Salman Irshad.
LQ vs PZ Toss Prediction
Each of the 7 matches played at the Gaddafi Stadium has been won by teams batting first. Therefore, the winner of the toss will look to bat first here.
Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.
Pitch and Conditions
The surface at Lahore is pretty flat and is excellent to bat on, as demonstrated in most matches this season. While the average first-inning score here is around 180, the team batting first will be looking to get a score of over 200 to give their bowlers some cushion in this high-pressure match. There is little assistance for the bowlers, who will need to be very disciplined with the line and length.
The weather is likely to remain overcast and there is a forecast of some drizzling through the day.
LQ vs PZ Betting Tips
Evaluating the form of both teams throughout the season, we think that the Lahore Qalandars hold an edge here. While both teams have a strong batting line-up, it is the bowling that will be the differentiator here, and the Qalandars hold the aces there.
Bet on the Lahore Qalandars to win.
Bonus Cricket Bets
Babar Azam is in excellent form this season and is second on the list of top scorers. He has scored 5 half-centuries and a century in his 10 innings this season, including a score of 50 in the previous match against Qalandars. Looking at his raging form, we are backing him to be the top batter for Zalmi in this match.