PSL 08, LAH vs PES: Preview, Pitch Report, Probable XIs, Fantasy Tips & Prediction
Lahore Qalandars have another shot at reaching the final (Twitter)
In an upcoming and highly-anticipated cricket clash, Lahore Qalandars will battle Peshawar Zalmi in Eliminator 2 of the eighth edition of the exciting Pakistan Super League. The match is scheduled to take place on Friday, March 17, at the illustrious Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
The winner of this high-stakes encounter will go on to face the Multan Sultans in the much-awaited final of the tournament. Both teams have shown exceptional performance in the league stage, but only the team with the strongest nerves can ultimately prevail.
The Qalandars, led by the fiery Shaheen Afridi, have proven their mettle by winning seven out of their first ten league matches, securing their spot in the playoffs as one of the top two teams. However, their recent performances have been marred by two back-to-back batting collapses, leaving them with a lot to prove in this upcoming fixture.
Despite their past mistakes, the Qalandars have been granted another opportunity to reach the final, courtesy of their top finish in the league stage. They will be looking to rectify their shortcomings and come out on top against Peshawar Zalmi to keep their chances of defending their title alive.
On the flip side, the Zalmi, under the leadership of the talented Babar Azam, managed to secure their place in the playoffs by finishing fourth in the league stage, winning five out of their ten matches. However, their defense of targets above 240 proved futile on two occasions, highlighting their vulnerability.
Nonetheless, the Zalmi managed to secure a resounding victory over Shadab Khan’s Islamabad United in Eliminator 1 on Thursday, thus securing their place in the upcoming fixture. With momentum on their side, and their key players returning to form, the Zalmi will undoubtedly be looking to defeat Lahore and secure their spot in the PSL 8 final.
Date & Time: March 17, 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
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The playing conditions at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore are inclined towards batting. The average first innings score at this venue during the five league matches played this year has been a commendable 193, indicating that the batsmen can expect favourable conditions for scoring runs, which could result in a high-scoring match.
Probable Playing XIs
Lahore Qalandars: Fakhar Zaman, Mirza Tahir Baig/Kamran Ghulam, Abdullah Shafique, Sam Billings (wk), Hussain Talat, Sikandar Raza, David Wiese, Rashid Khan, Shaheen Afridi (c), Haris Rauf, Zaman Khan
Peshawar Zalmi: Babar Azam (c), Haseebullah Khan (wk), Saim Ayub, Mohammad Haris, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, James Neesham, Aamer Jamal, Azmatullah Omarzai, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Wahab Riaz, Salman Irshad
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Wicketkeeper: Sam Billings, Mohammad Haris
Batters: Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Saim Ayub, Abdullah Shafique
All-Rounders: Sikandar Raza, Aamer Jamal
Bowlers: Zaman Khan, Salman Irshad, Rashid Khan
Captain: Babar Azam
Vice-Captain: Sikandar Raza
Peshawar Zalmi are the favourites going into Eliminator 2, considering their current performances and Lahore’s recent slump in form.