Lahore Qalandars will play Peshawar Zalmi at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Dubai at 11 pm (Pakistan Time) after beating Islamabad United last night.
The Peshawar vs Lahore showdowns are often high-scoring games, courtesy of their batting firepower. As for this match-up, Sohail’s Akhter men will be full of confidence, coming on the back of a five-wicket over United.
The Abu Dhabi track is well known for being a batsman’s paradise. The Indian Premier League which took place last year in the UAE showed how high-scoring games can get on the Abu Dhabi tracks.
In the later part of the inning though, the pitch gets tough to bat on. As per the 22 matches of the IPL 2020 held at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, the average first innings score is 162. On 13 occasions, teams batting second won.
Rashid Khan, who bagged the Man of the Match award in the last game, is likely to replicate his performance tonight as well. The Afghanistan leg-spinner is in top form with the ball. While he keeps the economy extremely tight from his end, other bowlers make hay and pick important scalps. He is an essential addition to Sohail Akhter’s team and has proved his worth over time.