Lahore Qalandars vs Peshawar Zalmi, June 10, PSL 2021 Match Prediction
Match: Lahore Qalandars vs Peshawar Zalmi
Date: 10 June 2021
Place (venue): Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Tournament: Pakistan Super League 2021
Format: Twenty20 match
Caption: An uphill task for Peshawar Zalmi: Can they deprive the in-form Qalandars of a win?
- Though Peshawar Zalmi won the PSL title once in the past, they haven’t been playing up to the reputation of a former title winner. Lahore Qalandars, runners-up of the previous season, have continued to be in-form and have played excellent cricket until now this season.
- Fakhar Zaman has provided strong batting support for Qalandars, while Shaheen Afridi has taken charge of the bowling department. Saqib Mahmood is the key bowler in Peshawar Zalmi’s squad and is currently the leading wicket-taker of this season.
- In the past 5 matches against each other, Lahore Qalandars have won 3 and Peshawar Zalmi have won 2 matches. In the recent 3 head-to-head contests, Lahore Qalandars have heavily dominated Peshawar Zalmi.
Lahore Qalandars will face Peshawar Zalmi in the 17th match of the Pakistan Super League on 10 June 2021. The venue for this season remains unchanged throughout the tournament, i.e. Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. Lahore Qalandars have played their previous match at the same venue, while Peshawar Zalmi will play in Abu Dhabi for the first time after the break in the tournament.
The bowling form of Saqib Mahmood will be crucial for Peshawar as he has been the key bowler in their squad. Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Hafeez are in-form and have scored well for Qalandars. Lahore Qalandars have a slight edge over Peshawar Zalmi in this contest. It will be interesting to see how Wahab Riaz plans to tackle this challenge.
Lahore Qalandars Preview
Lahore Qalandars has been one of the most consistent teams this season. They have the perfect team combination of experienced and young talent in their playing squad. This has been a successful season for Qalandars until now and they would want to continue this momentum to the end of the season.
The presence of quality batsmen such as Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Hafeez makes this team’s batting unit strong. Both the batsmen have been in excellent form and have regularly scored runs for their team. Captain Sohail Akhtar will have to step up and start scoring runs for his team to reduce the pressure of scoring runs on the other batsmen. Agha Salman, Ben Dunk and Samit Patel form the middle order of this batting unit.
The combination of Rashid Khan and Shaheen Afridi gives the required strength to Qalandars’s bowling unit. Shaheen Afridi has claimed 9 wickets in 4 matches with an economy of 7.06. He is also the second-highest wicket-taker in the tournament so far. Haris Rauf, Ahmed Daniyal and David Wiese have been effective with the bowl and have supported the bowling unit for Qalandars.
Key players for Lahore Qalandars:
Lahore Qalandars’ Probable Playing XI:
Fakhar Zaman, Sohail Akhtar (c), Mohammad Hafeez, Agha Salman, Ben Dunk (wk), Samit Patel, David Wiese, Rashid Khan, Ahmed Daniyal, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf.
Peshawar Zalmi Preview
Peshawar Zalmi will be playing this match after a long break in the tournament. It will be important for the team that the players perform well in this contest. Peshawar has already lost 2 matches out of 5 this season, so they would want to win every single match from here on to secure their position in the playoffs.
Shoaib Malik and Haider Ali are the batsmen for this franchise. The experience of Shoaib Malik in international cricket makes him an important asset for this team. Kamran Akmal will play an important role in this batting unit due to his ability to score runs with a high strike rate. Sherfane Rutherford and Imam-ul-Haq add to the strength of this batting unit.
Saqib Mahmood has been phenomenal with his bowling this season, he is currently the leading wicket-taker of this tournament. The pace attack for Peshawar Zalmi is led by Saqib Mahmood and Wahab Riaz. Mujeeb Ur Rahman leads the spin attack for this team. Mohammad Imran and Mohammad Irfan also contribute to the bowling attack with their economic overs.
Top players for Peshawar Zalmi:
Peshawar Zalmi’s Playing XI:
Imam-ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal (wk), Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Sherfane Rutherford, Shoaib Malik, Haider Ali, Wahab Riaz (c), Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Saqib Mahmood, Mohammad Imran, Mohammad Irfan.
This match will be played at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. This stadium is known for its long boundaries and spinning track. Expect a low-scoring match at this venue as this ground offers an advantage to bowlers.
Whichever team wins the toss might want to choose to bowl first as scoring runs becomes easier in the later stages of a game.
Pitch and Weather Report
Weather forecasts say it will be hot and humid. The ground temperature will be between 33 °C and 29 °C at its highest and lowest points.
Qalandars have been in excellent form and have played impressive cricket until now in this tournament. Peshawar Zalmi will be playing this match after a break and it might be difficult for them to contest against Qalandars since these have already played a match at this venue.
We predict that Lahore Qalandars will defeat Peshawar Zalmi.
Disclaimer: Our match previews are fully researched but as per the nature of the game, anything is possible on the match day. You are advised to decide for yourself when betting on a team. Thanks.