LQ vs PZ Match Preview
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.
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.
The weather is likely to remain overcast and there is a forecast of some drizzling through the day.
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.
Saim Ayub’s Explosive Batting
Saim Ayub has batted exceedingly well this season, scoring 331 runs in the last 10 matches. He can score runs at a rapid click and his strike rate in the last 10 outings is phenomenal, at 165.50.
There are no updates regarding injuries from either side.
LQ vs PZ Probable 11
LQ Playing 11
- Fakhar Zaman
- Mirza Baig
- Abdullah Shafique
- Sam Billings (Wk)
- Hussain Talat
- Sikandar Raza
- David Weise
- Rashid Khan
- Zaman Khan
- Shaheen Afridi (C)
- Haris Rauf
PZ Playing 11
- Babar Azam (C)
- Saim Ayub
- Mohammad Haris
- Tom Kohler-Cadmore
- Haseebullah Khan (Wk)
- Aamer Jamal
- James Neesham
- Azmatullah Omarzai
- Mujeeb ur Rahman
- Wahab Riaz
- Salman Irshad
We are backing the Lahore Qalandars to win this match. They have played consistently well during the league stage to finish at the top of the points table. They have a well-balanced squad that can dominate any opposition, especially on a pitch like Lahore.
Fakhar Zaman: Fakhar Zaman is the top-scorer for the Lahore Qalandars this season and has batted brilliantly so far. In his last 10 innings, Fakhar has scored 318 runs at an impressive strike rate of 170.96.
Rashid Khan: Rashid Khan is ranked 2nd on the list of top bowlers in the T20s according to the latest ICC rankings. He has been pretty effective this season, picking up 16 wickets in 9 matches, and has a miserly economy rate of 6.08.
Tom Kohler-Cadmore: Tom Kohler-Cadmore can be a devastating batsman on the flat pitch at the Gaddafi Stadium. He has scored 325 runs this season at a strike rate of 161.69.
LQ vs PZ Dream11 Team 1
Keeper: S Billings, M Haris
Batters: B Azam (C), T Kohler Cadmore, F Zaman (VC), S Ayub
All-rounders: D Wiese, S Raza
Bowlers: Rashid-Khan, S Afridi, H Rauf