Peshawar Zalmi vs Lahore Qalandars Match Preview: November 14, 2020
Ahead of the PZ vs LQ PSL eliminator in Karachi on 14 November, PZ enjoy an 8-2 head-to-head advantage over LQ.
The two sides last met in their second league meeting in Lahore on March 10. PZ batted first and scored 187/7 in their allotted overs. LQ chased it down with five wickets and one ball to spare.
After PZ lost early wickets, they were rescued by Shoaib Malik (62 off 43 balls) and Haider Ali (69 off 43 balls) to help them to a competitive score. For LQ, Shaheen Afridi was the most successful bowler taking 3/28. When LQ batted, their opening batsmen gave them a good start, but the middle order’s wobble had them struggling before a rearguard action in which Chris Lynn scored 59 off 32. Fakhar Zaman was the top scorer with 63 off 46. Brathwaite (3/27) and Wahab Riaz (1/27) shone among the PZ bowlers.
Overall, Lahore Qalandars have a balanced squad with great depth in batting despite the absence of Lynn and Wiese. In their absence, Ben Dunk who has scored 266 runs at 53.20 in 8 matches with a strike rate of 186.01 could be key to LQ’s fortunes. Tamim Iqbal could help compensate for Chris Lynn’s absence in LQ’s lineup. While Wiese’s absence does leave a vacuum in their bowling, LQ still have the likes of in-form Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf leading their attack with spinners Samit Patel and Md Faizan adding variety.
PZ may have to rely heavily on their domestic players such as Akmal, Malik, Haider Ali and Wahab Riaz, as there are a few question marks over the form of their overseas players. Though Faf du Plessis did have a few good innings in the recently concluded IPL, he did not set the stands on fire. Liam Livingstone, Daren Sammy and Carlos Brathwaite have been less than impressive in recent matches played by them.
Here are our Peshawar Zalmi vs Lahore Qalandars predictions and betting tips for the PSL eliminator on 14 November 2020:
- Who will win the match? – Lahore Qalandars
- Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Ben Dunk (LQ), Kamran Akmal (PZ)
- Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Shaheen Afridi (LQ), Wahab Riaz (PZ)
- Most Sixes – Ben Dunk (LQ), Shoaib Malik (PZ)
- Man of the Match – Ben Dunk
- Team Scores Batting First – LQ 180+, PZ 170+
Lahore Qalandars: Fakhar Zaman, Tamim Iqbal, Sohail Akhtar (capt), Ben Dunk, Mohammad Hafeez, Dane Vilas (wk), Samit Patel, Mohammad Faizan, Usman Shinwari, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf;
Lahore Qalandars – Pros
- Batting depth
- Good form of main bowlers
- High motivation from the first-time qualification for playoffs
Lahore Qalandars – Cons
- Will miss Chris Lynn and David Wiese
Peshawar Zalmi – Pros
- Opportunity for domestic players, Akmal, Malik and Ali to shine
- Wahab Riaz in good form after Zimbabwe series
Peshawar Zalmi – Cons
- Poor form of overseas players
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