Pakistan Super League 2023: Peshawar Zalmi vs Lahore Qalandars – 23rd Match Preview and Updates

Peshawar Zalmi are ranked fourth and will be looking to improve their position in the points table with a win here. With four games remaining in their league stage, they have a good chance of finishing in the top two.

Lahore Qalandars will arrive in Rawalpindi riding a five-game winning streak that includes a victory over PSZ in Lahore. There have been no T20Is played on this Rawalpindi ground. Given the last two PSL matches played here, it appears to be a good batting surface.

Lahore’s victories have all come while batting first, even though they were bowled out for 148 runs against Quetta. Peshawar Zalmi defeated Karachi Kings at the Pindi Club Ground after losing to Lahore Qalandars while chasing a massive target of 242.

PSZ posted a 197-run total batting first, thanks to Tom Kohler-second Cadmore’s consecutive fifty in the middle and support from other lower-order batters. In this match, both teams have a strong batting lineup with quality finishers and will be neck and neck.

The 23rd Match between Peshawar Zalmi vs Lahore Qalandars will take place on March 7th, 2023 at Pindi Club Ground, Rawalpindi.

Match Details to Note

Match: Peshawar Zalmi vs Lahore Qalandars, 23rd Match, Pakistan Super League, 2023

Date: March 07, 2023 (Tuesday)                                                 

Time: 2:30 PM IST

Venue: Pindi Club Ground, Rawalpindi

Peshawar Zalmi vs Lahore Qalandars

Peshawar Zalmi vs Lahore Qalandars

Peshawar Zalmi (Match Odds – 2.20):


As they face Lahore Qalandars in their second game at this venue, Peshawar Zalmi are in a good position to settle scores. Though the top order is a source of concern, with Mohammad Haris and Babar Azam failing to deliver on a consistent basis, the lower middle order has come to the rescue.

As Kohler-Cadmore scored another crucial fifty in the middle, he was well supported by Haseebullah Khan at 5 and Rovman Powell at 6. These three batters took PSZ from 2-3 to 197-5.

It had to have given them more confidence, which they’d need a lot of when facing the unstoppable Lahore Qalandars. The bowlers will be the ones scrutinised in this game. In their previous encounter, they let the Lahore Qalandars escape.

Wahab Riaz and Arshad Iqbal will be expected to perform better with the ball by Babar Azam. Riaz is the squad’s senior member, but he hasn’t been at his best recently. Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Azmatullah Omarzai looked sharp in the most recent match and will be important bowlers for PSZ.

Peshawar can post another competitive total if either of the openers manages to get a big score and with the help of the in-form finishers. Only this will give them a fighting chance against the Lahore Qalandars.

Full Squad:

Babar Azam, Rovman Powell, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Mujeeb Ur Rehman, Sherfane Rutherford, Wahab Riaz, Arshad Iqbal, Danish Aziz, Mohammad Haris, Aamer Jamal, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Saim Ayub, Salman Irshad, Usman Qadir, Haseebullah Khan, Sufyan Muqeem, Jimmy Neesham

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Players to watch out for:

Azmatullah Omarzai

After taking three wickets in the previous game, Omarzai will be expected to control the opposition’s scoring rate in the death overs once more.

Babar Azam

After going out on a duck previously, the Pakistan International Captain needs to bring his A-Game. Zalmi needs their marquee batsman to shine after scoring 178 runs in six games.

Tom Kohler Cadmore

This 28-year-old right-handed batsman has shown how dependable he can be with the bat, and he comes into this game having scored 56 runs.

Possible Playing XI:

Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Haris, Saim Ayub, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Haseebullah Khan (wk), Rovman Powell, Aamer Jamal, Wahab Riaz, Azmatullah Omarzai, Arshad Iqbal, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Lahore Qalandars (Match Odds – 1.67):


The Qalandars will be unaffected by Peshawar’s improving batting form. They should be keeping an eye out for those key batters in the PSZ, but the LHQ juggernaut is unconcerned.

In LHQ, Shaheen Afridi leads a world-class bowling attack. Rashid Khan, one of the best leg-break bowlers in T20 cricket, is in great form and will be an asset for the Qalandars when they visit Rawalpindi.

Haris Rauf and David Wiese provide excellent pace, while Sikandar Raza is a versatile all-rounder capable of breaking the game open at crucial moments. However, LHQ isn’t completely unconcerned. Even though they are on a winning streak, the batting order is a major concern.

The top-order has collapsed on two occasions in a row. Fakhar Zaman will be expected to quickly turn things around and return to the top of the scoring charts. This team has a lot of match-winners. Sikandar Raza is one such player who can win games with both his bat and his ball.

At number 7, the Zimbabwean all-rounder scored an unbeaten 71 off 34 balls, leading the team to a 148-run total against Quetta. Shafique and Sam Billings will be key players in the middle order, with Hussain Talat serving as the finisher.

Full Squad:

Fakhar Zaman, Rashid Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Dawid Wiese, Hussain Talat, Haris Rauf, Abdullah Shafique, Liam Dawson, Sikander Raza, Ahmad Daniyal, Dilbar Hussain, Harry Brook, Kamran Ghulam, Mirza Tahir Baig, Shawaiz Irfan, Zaman Khan, Jalat Khan, Jordan Cox

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Players to watch out for:

Sam Billings

The English maestro enters Match 23 with a team score of 180 after scoring 54 runs off 35 balls.

Rashid Khan

The magnificent Afghani spinner took three wickets with an economy rate of 3.75 in Qalandar’s recent win over Multan Sultans. Khan will be expected to replicate his form after containing arguably the best batting lineup of the tournament in the middle overs.

Shaheen Afridi

The left-arm pacer is the competition’s second leading wicket-taker, with 10 wickets in six games.

Possible 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 vs Lahore Qalandars Top Team Batsmen

The obvious batting choices from Peshawar Zalmi are Babar Azam, Tom Kohler Cadmore, and Haseebullah Khan. While Cadmore and Khan are both coming off half-centuries, Azam is without a doubt one of the best batsmen to emerge from the modern era of cricket.

Lahore Qalandars batting options include Abdullah Shafiq, Fakhar Zaman, and Sam Billings. Shafiq scored 48 runs in the previous game, while Billings has been their most consistent player since his debut in the 2023 edition.

Peshawar Zalmi vs Lahore Qalandars Top Team Bowlers

Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Azmatullah Omarzai, and Aamer Jamal are the best Peshawar Zalmi bowling picks. In the previous game, Omarzai and Jamal each took three wickets, while Rahman took two wickets while conceding only 28 runs in four overs.

We recommend that you select Rashid Khan, Shaheen Afridi, and Haris Rauf from the Lahore Qalandars’ bowling department. While Rashid took three wickets in the previous game for Qalandars, both Afridi and Rauf can be dangerous with the new ball on this track.

Peshawar Zalmi vs Lahore Qalandars Head to Head

The Lahore Qalandars have not lost in their last five meetings with the Peshawar Zalmi (except in the Super over contest). Furthermore, they defeated PZ by 40 runs in their most recent game.

Peshawar Zalmi vs Lahore Qalandars Head to Head Stats in T20s

  Matches Played PES Won LAH Won Tie NR
Overall 16 8 7 1 0
Last 5 5 0 4 1 0

Peshawar Zalmi vs Lahore Qalandars Toss Prediction

This ground had not previously hosted any T20 international or PSL matches. The only data available is from recent games, which show that neither team has a significant advantage. ISU easily chased down 204 runs, while PSZ defended 197 runs. LHQ will feel at ease batting first, as they have in the past, because they can rely on their bowlers to defend a total. And chasing against the Qalandars’ bowling attack might not be the best idea for PSZ.

Peshawar Zalmi vs Lahore Qalandars Pitch Report

This game will take place at the Pindi Club Ground in Rawalpindi. This season, it has hosted two PSL matches, with an average first innings score of 199 runs. It will be difficult to determine what is a good enough score for the team batting first here. If the teams bat first, they must aim for more than 210 to have a good chance of winning.

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The Pindi Club Ground in Rawalpindi appears to have an excellent batting surface. Batting becomes easier on this surface as the match progresses, and the finishers are likely to have a great outing. Rawalpindi will have a sunny day with a high temperature of 29 degrees Celsius.

Peshawar Zalmi vs Lahore Qalandars Prediction

In terms of their current bat struggles, both teams are somewhat similar. Peshawar will be confident after their middle order resurrected their innings and propelled them to a winning total in the previous game. Lahore Qalandars have a stronger bowling attack, which can make chasing a total difficult even on a batting-friendly surface. We believe LHQ has an advantage in this contest and will begin as favourites in our match prediction. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!

Lahore Qalandars is the favourite to beat Peshawar Zalmi at the odds of 1.67.

Peshawar Zalmi vs Lahore Qalandars Most Recommended Player for Bet:

Rashid Khan made life difficult for the Multan Sultans’ batting lineup in Match 20 by taking three wickets and conceding only 15 runs; we expect him to be the team’s leading wicket-taker again in Match 23 for the Lahore Qalandars.

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