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Lahore Qalandars Preview & Form
The Qalandars will be glad the playoffs were delayed, as the hero of their incredible win against Multan, Chris Lynn, would have been unavailable back in March due to the Covid situation. The continued stay of Lynn’s fellow Aussie Ben Dunk was also in doubt, but now there’s no such issue. As far as local talent goes, though, the Qalandars aren’t that far behind Karachi. Fakhar Zaman and Sohail Akhtar have both had excellent seasons, while Shaheen Afridi has also proven to be effective from time to time, with Dilbar Hossain and Samit Patel also looking decent. After starting the season on an all-too-familiar low and bringing themselves back from the dead, LQ will be pumped about the playoffs and likely bring their A game.
Peshawar Zalmi Preview & Form
If the Qalandars are glad this match didn’t take place in March, Peshawar Zalmi are over the moon. Losing 5 foreign players as well as their coach would have been a killer blow, and now they have some of them back along with the powerful Kamran Akmal, experienced Wahab Riaz, and potent Shoaib Malik. The trio will have to shoulder some big responsibilities if Peshawar - finalists for the last 3 consecutive seasons - are to play the final. Nevertheless, they have a highly potent squad and have added Faf du Plessis to their already solid squad. They will, however, be painfully wary of the fact that this season, they were defeated by the Qalandars in the last match between them.
LQ vs PZ Eliminator Predictions
Lahore will be playing both with the nervousness of being in an unfamiliar situation, but they also have the boon of having no memory of losing a playoff match. Expect Fakhar Zaman and Ben Dunk to light it up, while Shaheen Afridi and Dilbar Hossain strike.
Peshawar have been exceptional at playoff matches over the years, and this should be no different. Expect Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik to bat their hearts out, while Wahab Riaz and Hasan Ali bowl like potential champions.
Can Lahore Qalandars give Peshawar their worst finish yet to improve their own best finish yet? Or will Peshawar Zalmi’s experience prove more important than the former’s spirit? Find out on Saturday!
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|F Zaman/B Dunk (LQ), S Malik/K Akmal (PZ)|