Time: 24 Feb, 8.00PM IST
Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
Out of the last seven matches played at Lahore, the team defending a total has emerged victorious on five occasions. The captain winning the toss is likely to insert the opposition.
Probable XI for Peshawar: Hazratullah Zazai, Kamran Akmal (wk), Mohammad Haris, Shoaib Malik, Hussain Talat, Haider Ali, Wahab Riaz (c), Amad Butt, Khalid Usman, Mohammad Umar, Arshad Iqbal
Shadab Khan is back to training after missing out on the last three games. He is expected to take the field for the playoffs.
Probable XI for Islamabad: Nasir Nawaz, Mohammad Huraira, Liam Dawson, Azam Khan (wk), Asif Ali (c), Shadab Khan, Zafar Gohar, Marchant de Lange, Athar Mahmood/Faheem Ashraf, Zahid Mahmood, Muhammad Musa
We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
With 346 runs at 43.25, Shoaib Malik has been the chief architect of Peshawar’s batting. He has also picked three wickets by bowling at various stages of the game.
17 wickets with the ball and 232 runs with the bat: Shadab Khan has been the go-to man for Islamabad. If passed fit, he is the best bet as a captain in fantasy leagues.
Peshawar will be aware of Azam Khan’s exploits with the bat. Last week, his 85 off 45 almost won the game single-handedly for Islamabad.
Wahab Riaz recently became the first bowler to take 100 wickets in the tournament. After going wicketless initially, he has turned things around in the last few games. Talk about peaking at the right time.
When the two teams met recently, Mohammad Harris won the Player of the Match award for his fastest fifty of the season. He will also be donning the gloves – there’s some useful fantasy points for dismissals.
Although Liam Dawson’s primary role is to dent the opposition with his spin bowling, he was promoted to bat at No.3 in the last match.
Asif Ali hasn’t fired with the bat yet. But let’s not forget what he did against New Zealand in the T20 World Cup. He has a reputation of using the long handle to devastating effect.
Hazratullah Zazai can blow hot and cold. That said, his compulsive stroke play in the powerplay helps fantasy players nudge ahead.
Peshawar are riding on a four-match winning streak and will be the favourites coming into this clash. Meanwhile, Islamabad have lost three consecutive games, and will be keen on reversing the trend.
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