PSL 2018: Match 14 - Peshawar Zalmi v Lahore Qalandars
Lahore Qalandars' ongoing campaign in the Pakistan Super League has been further dented by their heart-breaking defeat in the Super Over contest against Islamabad United and will desperate for a turnaround when they lock horns with Peshawar Zalmi in the 14th game in Sharjah.
Brendon McCullum has been consistent throughout but the lack of support from the other batsmen especially Umar Akmal and Fakhar Zaman have let them down considerably. McCullum played an uncharacteristic 34 run knock off 49 deliveries and had a chance to seal his team's first win of the season with them needing just seven against Islamabad United but could not help them cross the line. Denesh Ramdin though played a handy knock. The decision to bowl Mustafizur Rahman in the Super Over backfired as they failed to defend 16 runs which meant their losing streak continued in the ongoing season.
Darren Sammy has been an inspiration for Peshawar Zalmi and he guided his team through a sensational chase against Quetta where despite coming on to bat with a knee injury, he struck 16 off four deliveries to go with his two wickets early on. His fitness though is a matter of concern, and they will have to also deal with the likes of losing Tamim Iqbal and Sabbir Rahman, who are set to leave for national duty in the tri-series involving Sri Lanka and India. Dwayne Smith has been very consistent and so does Umaid Asif with the ball. The bowling looks well taken care of with Umar Gul and Wahab Riaz also present in the bowling ranks.
Head to Head Record:
Peshawar Zalmi have the upper hand in head to head record having won three out of the four games they have played including two in the previous season.
Peshawar Zalmi: Tamim Iqbal, Kamran Akmal (wk), Dwayne Smith, Mohammad Hafeez, Sabbir Rahman, Khalid Usman, Darren Sammy (captain), Sameen Gul, Umaid Asif, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Asghar, Hammad Azam, Haris Sohail, Andre Fletcher, Dwayne Bravo, Khushdil Shah, Riki Wessels, Saad Nasim, Liam Dawson, Hasan Ali, Chris Jordan, Ibtisam Sheikh
Lahore Qalandars: Brendon McCullum (captain), Sunil Narine, Fakhar Zaman, Umar Akmal, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Sohail Khan, Agha Salman, Sohail Akhtar, Yasir Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Anton Devcich, Aamer Yamin, Bilal Asif, Cameron Delport, Ghulam Mudassar, Bilawal Bhatti, Mitchell McClenaghan, Kyle Abbott, Raza Hasan, Gulraiz Sadaf
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