PSL 2019: Peshawar Zalmi’s Imam-ul-Haq impresses with brilliantly crafted fifty in opposition to Karachi Kings


With Quetta Gladiators rising because the staff to beat after the early levels of the 2019 Pakistan Tremendous League (PSL), Lahore Qalandars and Multan Sultans will look to get their campaigns again on monitor after they conflict in Sharjah on Friday.

Each groups discover themselves in the identical boat after taking part in three matches every with only one win on board. It’s the Qalandars who’re worse off although heading into the conflict with their abysmal web run-rate leaving them on the backside of the league desk.

Having began their marketing campaign with a detailed defeat to Islamabad United, Qalandars bounced again with a formidable win in opposition to Karachi Kings earlier than being decimated by Peshawar Zalmi.

They have been bowled out for simply 78 by Peshawar and have misplaced the providers of skipper Mohammad Hafeez for the rest of the event on account of a finger damage. AB de Villiers has been handed the reins and the South African has his job lower out in making an attempt to revive Lahore’s floundering marketing campaign and rating some runs himself.

ABD is but to dazzle the PSL since his arrival with a excessive rating of simply 24 to this point and he might want to lead from the entrance if Lahore are to keep away from a fourth consecutive bottom-place end. Fortuitously for the Qalandars, they’ve Sandeep Lamichhane again within the fray after the Nepal leg-spinner returned from his Huge Bash League commitments and he will definitely bolster their bowling unit.

Lamichhane isn’t the one BBL contracted stars to return with Multan additionally welcoming again Australia all-rounder Dan Christian of their most up-to-date conflict. The veteran T20 stalwart was in a position to rating solely a 19-ball 18 in his first 2019 PSL outing however rather more can be anticipated of him going ahead.

Multan’s slender seven-run loss to Karachi Kings was offset by a formidable win in opposition to defending champions Islamabad United however a complete eight-wicket loss to Quetta has derailed the momentum generated by Shoaib Malik and his males.

Whereas the facet is suffering from all-rounders together with veteran Shahid Afridi, star man Andre Russell has but to seek out his greatest. Bar one entertaining cameo in opposition to Islamabad, the West Indies all-rounder has been principally subdued and extracting probably the most out of his skills can be key for Multan.

England batsman James Vince appeared good in his quick keep in opposition to Quetta whereas Malik is in glorious type after registering two half-centuries. What Multan will desperately need within the conflict in opposition to Lahore is for his or her top-order to fireside and arrange a wonderful base for large hitters like Malik, Russell and Christian on the loss of life.

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With Hafeez dominated out of the event, Lahore have roped in former Pakistan skipper Salman Butt as a alternative. The left-hander ought to take the sector in opposition to the Sultans. Lamichhane is available in for seamer Hardus Viljoen.

LIKELY XIs

Lahore Qalandars: Fakhar Zaman, Sohail Akhtar, Anton Devcich, AB de Villiers (c), Brendan Taylor (wk), Salman Butt, Sandeep Lamichhane, Hassan Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Rahat Ali

Multan Sultans: Shan Masood, James Vince, Laurie Evans, Shoaib Malik (c), Andre Russell, Daniel Christian, Shahid Afridi, Shakeel Ansar (wk), Nauman Ali, Ali Shafiq, Mohammad Irfan

Match begins at 15:30 UAE time

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