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PSL 2023, Eliminator 2: LAH vs PES | Cricket Exchange Fantasy Teams, Probable XIs and Pitch Report

image-lfbhcaagLAH vs PES, Cricket Exchange Fantasy Predictions: PSL 2023, Eliminator 2

The Eliminator 2 (LAH vs PES) of the ongoing eighth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) will see defending champions Lahore Qalandars (LAH) play against Peshawar Zalmi (PES). 

The clash is scheduled to take place at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Friday, March 17, 2023, at 7.30 PM IST. Before the game begins, let us take a look at some of the important stats, the prime player picks, and the best-predicted XIs for the fantasy contests of the match.

The Lahore Qalandars have performed like the defending champions throughout the tournament, barring the Qualifier 1. They won seven of their 10 league stage games and finished at the top of the points table. 

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It was Multan Sultans, they had to face in the Qualifier 1 of the tournament. After a commanding performance in the league stage, the Qalandars faced a heavy defeat against the Sultans by 84 runs. But being the table toppers has it own pros. Shaheen Afridi and company wil get a second shot at qualifying for the finals and defending their title. They will have to face the Peshawar Zalmis in the Eliminator 2. 

Meanwhile, it has been a rocky ride for the Peshwar Zalmis in this tournament. They managed to win five of their 10 matches and finished at number four in the points table. But Babar Azam's men delivered their best preformance when it was required the most. Against Islamabad United in the Eliminator 1, they held their nerves at a crucial juncutre and managed to prevail in the contest by 12 runs. 

The Zalmis will now be playing Lahore Qalandars in the Eliminator 2 and the winner of the contest will book their berth in the grand finale of the tournament.

LAH vs PES, Eliminator 2: Pitch Report- Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

The pitch at the Gaddafi Stadium has been good for batting throughout the tournament. The last two matches have presneted us with two contrasting encounters. While in Qualifier 1, the team batting second showed no resilience, in Eliminator 1, both teams went past the 170 mark. However, a batting favourable deck shoudl be expected and a high scoring contest is definitely on the cards.

Numbers at the ground (This Tournament)

Total matches: 7
Matches won batting first: 7
Matches won batting second: 0

Average score batting first: 187
Average score batting second: 134

Highest Total: 241/3 (20 Overs) by Lahore Qalandars
Lowest Total: 76/10 (14.3 Overs) by Lahore Qalandars

LAH vs PES, Eliminator 2: Head-to-Head

The two teams have played 17 times against each other in the history of the tournament. The balance is slightly in favor of the Peshawar Zalmis. However, in the two matches that has been played by them, the laurels have been shared.

Head-to-Head (Overall)

Total Matches: 17
Lahore Qalandars won: 7
Peshawar Zalmis won: 10

Head-to-Head (This Season)

Total Matches: 2
Lahore Qalandars won: 1
Peshawar Zalmis won: 1

LAH vs PES Eliminator 2: Probable Playing XIs

Lahore Qalandars Team News

No major updates.

Lahore Qalandars Probable Playing XI

Mirza Baig, Fakhar Zaman, Abdullah Shafique, Sam Billings (wk), Hussain Talat, Sikandar Raza, David Wiese, Rashid Khan, Shaheen Afridi (c), Haris Rauf, and Zaman Khan.

Peshawar Zalmis Team News

No major updates.

Peshawar Zalmis Probable Playing XI

Saim Ayub, Babar Azam (c), Haseebullah (wk), Mohammad Haris, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Jimmy Neesham, Aamer Jamal, Azmatullah Omarzai, Wahab Riaz, Mujeeb ur Rehman, and Salman Irshad.

LAH vs Eliminator 2: Top Five Picks

  1. Fakhar Zaman (LAH): After scoring a century (115) against Islamabad United in Match no.26, Fakhar Zaman has managed to score 13 and 6 in the last two games. He is Lahore Qalandar's highest run-getter with one hundred and two half-centuries as he looks to take his side into the second straight final by perfoming in a big way at the top of the order.
  2. Sam Billings (LAH): Wicketkeeper batter Sam Billings has struck the third-most runs for the Qalandars this season. In the last 3 matches, he has got starts but hasnt quite been able to convert those into a good score. Batting at no.4, he looks a worthy pick for this eliminator clash.
  3. Haris Rauf (LAH): Right arm fast bowler Haris Rauf is the leading wicket-taker for the Qalandars in PSL 8. Overall, he has picked the third-most wickets this campaign and is the most in-form bowler. Rauf also snared 3 wickets for 34 runs in the last Qualifier encounter against Multan Sultans. 
  4. Babar Azam (PES): The Zalmis skipper has been in good batting form in this tournament. Babar Azam played a vital knock even in the Eliminator 1 and will look to continue his form in this clash. 
  5. Saim Ayub (PES): The middle-order batter has been in decent touch in this tournament. Saim Ayub will be an important cog in Peshawar's batting machinery in the all important match. 

LAH vs PES Eliminator 2: Must picks for the match

Lahore Qalandars

  1. Fakhar Zaman - 384 runs in 11 innings
  2. Sam Billings - 198 runs in 8 innings
  3. Haris Rauf - 17 wickets in 11 innings

Peshawar Zalmi

  1. Babar Azam - 480 runs in 10 matches
  2. Saim Ayub - 332 runs in 11 matches
  3. Tom Kohler-Cadmore - 325 runs in 11 matches

LAH vs PES, Eliminator 2: Risky Picks

Lahore Qalandars: Hussain Talat, David Wiese

Peshawar Zalmi: Mohammed Haris, Wahab Riaz

LAH vs PES, Eliminator 2: Best Captain and Vice-captain choices

  1.  Babar Azam (PES)
  2. Fakhar Zaman (LAH)
  3. Rashid Khan (LAH)

LAH vs Eliminator 2: Team for Head-to-Head Contests

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Wicketkeeper: Sam Billings
Batters: Babar Azam, Saim Ayub, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Fakhar Zaman
All-rounders: Aamer Jamal, David Wiese, Sikandar Raza
Bowlers: Wahab Riaz, Haris Rauf, Rashid Khan

Captain: Babar Azam
Vice-captain: Fakhar Zaman

LAH: 5 Players; PES: 6 Players

LAH vs Eliminator 2: Team for Winner Takes All Contests

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Wicketkeepers: Mohammad Haris, Sam billings
Batters: Babar Azam, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Saim Ayub, Fakhar Zaman
All-rounders: David Wiese, Sikandar Raza
Bowlers: Haris Rauf, Rashid Khan, Shaheen Afridi

Captain: Saim Ayub
Vice-captain: Sikandar Raza

LAH: 7 Players: PES: 4 Players