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Cricket Match Predictions: PSL 2020 - Lahore Qalandars vs Peshawar Zalmi - Eliminator 1
The Eliminator 1 of the Pakistan Super League 2020 will be played between Lahore Qalandars and Peshawar Zalmi at the National Stadium in Karachi.
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While Faf du Plessis has been a crucial addition for Peshawar Zalmi, Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal will ply his trade for Lahore Qalandars.
Lahore Qalandars were placed at the 3rd spot in the Pakistan Super League 2020 points table with losses in 5 and wins in 5 of their 10 games before the tournament had to be suspended.
Chis Lynn is the top-scorer for Lahore Qalandars with 284 runs at a strike rate of almost 180. He has the best of 113*. Ben Dunk has also added 266 runs at 53.20.
Shaheen Shah Afridi and Samit Patel have picked up 13 and 9 wickets respectively. Both have bagged a 4-fer each.
They will take on Peshawar Zalmi who were placed just below them with 4 wins and 5 losses from 10 games before the break. Zalmi have 9 points, one less than Lahore.
After his scintillating 101-run knock, Kamran Akmal held strong at the top of the batting charts for Peshawar with 251 runs at an average of 27 and a strike rate of over 160. Shoaib Malik is the next best for the team with 239 runs and the best of 68.
Among the bowlers, Wahab Riaz has picked up 101 wickets while conceding runs at 8.01. Hasan Ali and Rahat Ali have also picked 8 wickets from 9 games.
Let's have a look at the squads of both teams:
Peshawar Zalmi - Aamir Ali, Adil Amin, Carlos Brathwaite (West Indies), Daren Sammy (West Indies), Faf du Plessis (South Africa), Haider Ali Khan, Hardus Viljoen (South Africa), Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal, Khurram Shehzad, Saqib Mahmood (England), Mohammad Mohsin, Rahat Ali, Shoaib Malik, Umar Amin, Wahab Riaz and Yasir Shah
Lahore Qalandars - Abid Ali, Agha Salman, Ben Dunk (Australia), Dane Vilas (South Africa), David Wiese (South Africa), Dilbar Hussain, Fakhar Zaman, Farzan Raja, Haris Rauf, Jaahid Ali, Maaz Khan, Mohammad Faizan, Mohammad Hafeez, Samit Patel (England), Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sohail Akhtar, Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh) and Usman Shinwari
LQ VS PZ MATCH PREDICTION & ANALYSIS
The PSL Eliminator is going to be played between the Lahore Qalandars and Peshawar Zalmi. In some ways, it is a match between the old-guard of the PSL and the teams looking to make a change. It is great for the tournament that teams are competing closer than ever before with each other.
The Lahore Qalandars are perhaps the one team everyone wants to avoid because of their dangerous bowling attack. The Quetta Gladiators, however, not be taken lightly either. The PSL group stage was months ago and any momentum the teams would have built is long gone.
In addition, there are a number of changes that we have to take into account as well.
Lahore Qalandars vs Peshawar Zalmi PSL 2020 is going to be played at the National Stadium, Karachi on the 14th of November 2020.
No one gave the Lahore Qalandars a chance in the PSL before the tournament began and even the few supporters seemed to have deserted them as they lost four out of their first five matches. Since then, though, a remarkable turnaround led by Ben Dunk, Chris Lynn, Haris Rauf, and Shaheen Afridi has put the Lahore Qalandars in a perfect position to reach the PSL final for the first time.
Could we wrap up 2020 with Lahore Qalandars as the team to win the PSL? It would be fitting!
There is no doubt that the Lahore Qalandars have an excellent bowling attack. Haris Rauf and Shaheen Afridi are the first-choice fast bowlers for Pakistan right now.
They have Usman Shinwari and Mohammad Hafeez in there as well to give the bowling some good depth.
The batting is going to be led by Ben Dunk, who has managed to make it over the playoffs. The absence of Chris Lynn is a big loss but Tamim Iqbal could make an impact as his replacement as well.
Fakhar Zaman has not scored too many runs in international cricket and Sohail Akhtar has been deprived of quality match practise which puts a big question mark on the batting. The pressure on Mohammad Hafeez to lead from the front is going to be immense.