After a one-sided affair between Karachi King and Quetta Gladiators on opening day, the Nationwide Stadium will host first double-header of the Pakistan Tremendous League (PSL) season six.
Final-year’s runners-up Lahore Qalandars will likely be up towards Peshawar Zalmi at 2.00 pm whereas Multan Sultans begin their PSL 6 marketing campaign towards two-time champions Islamabad United at 7.00 pm.
Lahore Qalandars vs Peshawar Zalmi
Qalandars had an ideal run in PSL 5 as they reached the ultimate for the primary time in match’s historical past after failing to qualify on 4 earlier events.
The facet led by Sohail Akhtar will attempt to push them additional and declare the title as they’ve a balanced squad comprising of youth and expertise.
Qalandars can have the providers of Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan, who’s on his first PSL stint. The 22-year-old Rashid can have the help of three high quality pacers Shaheen Shah, Haris Rauf and Dilbar Hussain who had been key in Qalandars’ success.
In the meantime, it will be fascinating to see who open the innings with Fakhar Zaman.
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Each groups have two veterans in form of Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik who would possibly create a distinction with their toll of T20 expertise.
Zalmi followers might also see Shoaib Malik taking the captaincy duties as common captain Wahab Riaz was quarantined for 3 days after violating PSL’s bio-secure protocols with head coach Peshawar Zalmi.
Zalmi’s top-order will extremely rely upon Kamran Akmal whereas they can even anticipate a blitz from rising star Haider Ali
Multan Sultans vs Islamabad United
It’s a brand new starting for Sultans as they are going to be taking part in underneath a brand new chief Mohammad Rizwan who changed Shan Masood for this season.
In the meantime, Islamabad United will look to reclaim their pleasure as they’d a disastrous season final 12 months, ending on fifth at factors desk. Each groups are equaled at three wins on the head-to-head depend.
United can have the firepower of England’s Alex Hales on the prime who has been in prime type currently whereas Sultans will likely be anticipating the identical with James Vince.
The edges are distinctive in their very own means, Sultans are backing on the expertise of Chris Lynn, Shahid Afridi and Imran Tahir whereas United have energetic lads Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Zfar Gohar, able to pound on giving alternative.
It might be fascinating to see how the chapter of captaincy unfolds between Rizwan [Test vice-captain] and Shadab Khan, [Pakistan’s limited-overs vice-captain].