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PSL 2023 Predictions: Eliminator 2, Lahore Qalandars vs Peshawar Zalmi



Get ready for an electrifying showdown as Lahore Qalandars take on Peshawar Zalmi in Eliminator 2 of the Pakistan Super League 2023!

The battle is set to take place on Friday, March 17, at the iconic Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, Pakistan.

This match promises to be a thriller, with two top teams going head-to-head in a do-or-die situation.

Led by the fearless Shaheen Shah Afridi, the Qalandars have had a strong season so far, winning seven out of their first ten matches and securing their spot in the playoffs.

However, they have faced some recent setbacks, suffering two batting collapses in a row.

Will they be able to bounce back and prove their mettle in this crucial encounter?

On the other hand, the Zalmi have had a bumpy ride to the playoffs, finishing fourth in the league stage with five wins out of ten games.

Despite failing to defend targets of over 240 on two occasions, they managed to clinch a thrilling victory against Islamabad United in Eliminator 1, thanks to the heroics of Aamer Jamal, who picked up the crucial wickets of Sohaib Maqsood and Alex Hales.

.Can they maintain their winning momentum and book a spot in the final?

With a capacity of 27,000, the Gaddafi Stadium is the perfect setting for this high-stakes clash.

The venue has a reputation for producing exciting matches, and the pitch is known to favor the team batting first.

Therefore, both sides will have to be at their best if they want to put runs on the board and restrict their opponents.

The weather forecast suggests a chance of rain during the match, adding an extra element of unpredictability to the proceedings.

However, the temperature is expected to be around 19-degree Celsius, ensuring comfortable playing conditions for the players.

The lineups of both teams are brimming with talent, and fans can expect some scintillating performances from star players like Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Rashid Khan, and Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

It’s going to be an exciting battle of wits and skills as these two teams go all out to claim victory and move one step closer to the coveted PSL trophy.

In the head-to-head stats, the Zalmi hold a slight advantage, having won ten out of the 17 matches they have played against the Qalandars.

Lahore Qalandars Stats

Total Match Played = 85
Won = 41
Loss = 44
No Result = 0

Peshawar Zalmi Stats

Total Match Played = 92
Won = 49
Loss = 41
No Result = 2

However, history counts for little in a knockout game, and both teams will be focused on delivering their best performance on the day.

7 out of 7 matches at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore have been won by the team batting first. Chasing will, hence, not be the preferred option for either team.

So, gear up for an unforgettable night of cricket as Lahore Qalandars and Peshawar Zalmi lock horns in a battle for supremacy.

With everything to play for, expect an epic showdown as these two giants of the PSL fight it out to stay in the hunt for the championship title!

Lahore Qalandars Playing XI

Fakhar Zaman, Mirza Tahir Baig, Abdullah Shafique, Sam Billings (wk), Hussain Talat, Sikandar Raza, David Wiese, Rashid Khan, Shaheen Afridi(c), Haris Rauf, Zaman Khan

Peshawar Zalmi Playing XI

Babar Azam(c), Saim Ayub, Mohammad Haris, Haseebullah Khan (wk), Tom Kohler-Cadmore, James Neesham, Aamer Jamal, Azmatullah Omarzai, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Wahab Riaz, Salman Irshad

Who will win

T20 tournament cricket is all about peaking at the right time.

Peshawar is brimming with confidence after putting Islamabad to sword.

However Lahore is packed with batting and bowling firepower other teams can only dream of.

A lot depends on who wins the toss. If Lahore win the toss and bat first, they will win.

If Lahore bat second, they can still win provided the target is less than 160.

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Smriti Mandhana and Ellyse Perry star in RCB women’s comeback win against UP Warriorz in WPL 2024




Smriti Mandhana and Alyssa Healy (Source - X)

RCB women overcame UP Warriorz by 23 runs to clinch their third win of the season. The home side outperformed Warriorz in all the facets of the game and emerged victorious. A collective team effort, particularly with the bat, helped RCB women to beat Warriorz for the second time in the season. They now have three wins in their five matches in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy won the toss and opted to field first. Given how things have panned out in the league so far, it needed a great batting performance from RCB to challenge the chasing side. The home side did exactly that. They were full of intent which was lacking in the last few games. Right from the start, S Meghana and Smriti Mandhana smashed the bowlers.

It was the night of the RCB skipper. The Southpaw scored 80(50) in her stay. S Meghana perished after a valuable 28(21). Ellyse Perry batted well and registered her first fifty of the WPL 2024. She was aided well towards the end by Richa Ghosh whose 21(10) propelled RCB to a score of 198 on the board. It was the highest team total in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy’s efforts go in vain

Chasing the daunting total, UP Warriorz were off to a flier. The opening duo of Healy and Kiran Navgire gave a fiery start to the visiting side. When the two were batting in the PP overs, it seemed like the Warriorz could pull off an insane chase. However, Sophie Devine brought RCB back into the game with crucial wickets. At Bengaluru, the home crowd was literally behind the RCB women.

It helped the home side to stay calm and do their job with ease. Sophie Molineux and Asha Sobhana were the pick of the bowlers, who claimed 2/29 each in their spell of four overs. While Healy scored a fifty and Deepti tried her best in the death overs, ten daunting targets could not be chased down. Despite the early hiccups, RCB managed to restrict UP Warriorz to a score of 175 and won by 23 runs.

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WATCH: Ellyse Perry in disbelief as her six breaks car’s window




Ellyse Perry smashed a six in the match against UP Warriorz in the WPL 2024. It was an interesting six as the ball travelled towards the boundary ropes and fell exactly on the window of the car. As a result, the glass of the window was broken. The car is set to be provided as a reward for the player of the tournament.

It was the over of Deepti Sharma towards the last few moments of RCB’s innings. Before Perry struck, the home side was in a great position in the match, thanks to a great start provided by Smriti Mandhana. The star batter scored 80 (50) and shined in front of the home crowd. Her form helped RCB to have a good momentum towards the death overs.

Watch the viral video here –

Perry, who was struggling till that point, opened up and smashed the bowlers for fun. She went hard against the spinners like Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Deepti Sharma who were asked to bowl at the death. The right-handed batter smashed back-to-back sixes in the over of Sharma. One of those travelled towards the mid-wicket region where the car was stationed. The video of her shot has gone viral on X.

RCB teammates laugh, Ellyse Perry in disbelief

As the ball fell on the car and damaged the window, the fans erupted. There was no end to the joy of the fans who started chanting “Perry.. Perry..” and lit the atmosphere of the stadium. However, Perry was in disbelief. As she saw the impact of the ball damaging the car’s window, the Australian batter could not believe her eyes and thought about what she had just done.

On the other hand, the RCB teammates of Perry were in awe of the shot. They looked at the replays and appreciated the shot of Perry. At the same time, players like Sophie Molineux and Sophie Devine had a laugh about the car’s window getting damaged. Ellyse scored a fifty and helped her team score 198 runs with her batting in front of the home crowd.

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Praveen Kumar addresses Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer’s negligence of taking part in Ranji Trophy




Praveen Kumar

Praveen Kumar has given his opinion on the preferences of Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer in recent times. The duo did not take part in the Ranji Trophy matches for their respective teams despite being fit. It did not go well with the Indian Cricket Board which landed the duo without a ventral contract which was announced a few days back.

Praveen Kumar has reacted to the issue recently. The former India pacer claimed that he has been of an opinion on the issue for a long time. Praveen felt that one should definitely earn money but not at the cost of neglecting to play for domestic and national teams. The right-arm pacer felt that players today are having a certain mentality which is not good.

The former pacer claimed that the players have a mindset that they can rest for a month before taking part in the IPL, thereby bypassing playing for their national team or the domestic teams. Praveen felt that the players could not resist letting go of money which they could earn by taking part in the IPL and other T20 leagues (For foreign players).

‘Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun’ – Praveen Kumar

“This thing is now firmly in the mind of players. Mai ek mahine pehle rest kar lunga, fir IPL khel lunga. Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun,” said Praveen in the interview. He claimed that youngsters these days are spoilt and are behind money. The former RCB pacer felt that it is not fair on the part of the young players to neglect the country over the IPL.

Kumar felt that a player needs to maintain a balance between playing for the IPL team and for the country. He felt that money is an important factor, but not at the cost of playing for the national team. “But this is not fair at all. A player needs to balance things. Money is important, but this (giving franchise cricket the priority) is wrong,” said the former Indian bowler in the interview.

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