Karachi Kings vs Islamabad United

They are meeting again and this time I hope D/L method will not be coming in between as Islamabad United was the victim of the controversial method in their last clash. Both the teams are neck to neck on points table and one loss for any team can put other at one of the top positions.

Inclusion of Talented Hussain Talat proved to be a beneficial for Islamabad but Badree did not do well with the ball and went expensive too. Well Badree is one of the specialists of T20 in the world and one match can’t be a decider of his abilities. Whereas on the other side Karachi Kings are still struggling with their opening combination on the one hand it seems Babar Azam has found his sweet spot as an opener but other slot is still seems to be emptied though dropping Gayle and bringing in Jayawardene did not go down well with the team but again one match can’t be a decider.

Possible Lineup: Sanga (wk), Azam, Talat, D. Smith, Watson, Malik, Usama Mir, Sohail Khan, Rumman Raees, M. Sami, 11th.

Those who are looking to make team more of a balanced then they can fill the 11th spot with all-rounder  Shadab Khan/Pollard/Imad Wasim and those who want to make bowling more strong can include M. Amir at 11th spot.

CAP: Watson/Smith

VC: Malik/Azam

Lahore Qalandars vs Karachi Kings

It’s Lahore vs Karachi again. Last they met Lahore won over Karachi and this time Karachi will be eager to settle its accounts. Hint of a blitzer from none other than Gayle, first time in PSL we saw something is coming but as usual could not stay for long. This time Karachi need their Star Blaster to perform as they have won only 2 matches out of 6.

Lahore is waiting for McCullum to arrive before Gayle and this could be a match to both to outperform each other. Well this we have to see. Men who are in form Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Usama Mir, Tanvir, Aamer Yamin,

Possible Lineup 1: Sanga /Rizwan(wk), Zaman, Azam, U. Akmal, Narine, S. Malik, Delport/Yamin, Sohail Khan, Yasir Shah, Tanvir, Usama Mir.

Yasir Shah has performed well in last two matches, but Fakar Zaman who had shown some class has been a disappointment in last two matches. As Fakar Zaman has failed miserably in last two matches, you can opt for Gayle or McCullum instead. Aamer Yamin has shown some promising performance with bat as well as with the ball so one can opt him in place of Delport.

Cap: Babar Azam/Narine

VC: Malik/Akmal.

Quetta Gladiators vs Islamabad United

They are meeting for the 2nd time in PSL and surely Quetta will be looking to revenge them for their loss.

In Last Match some beautiful performances by A. Shafiq, A. Shehzad, Mahmudullah and Anwar Ali put Quetta to taste a win against Star Pack of Karachi Kings and we expect the same performance from them this time as well.

Same did not go well with Islamabad United as they lost against Lahore Qalandars in their last match even after putting up the brilliant show by Shadab Khan and Rumman Raees.

T. Perera was not a part of the team due to his performance of last two matches and unlikely to be a part today’s match as Quetta will not be willing to change its winning side.

Possible Lineup: S. Ahmed (wk), Pieterson, D. Smith, Asad Shafiq, Rossouw, Mahmudullah, Shadab Khan, Shane Watson, Rumman Raees, M. Sami, Hassan Khan.

As there are possibilities of Luke Wright to be included into the team as the expense of Pieterson or Rossouw as both are unable to put up a big show. But until and unless it is not confirmed we can’t take a risk.

One can opt Anwar Ali inplace of Hassan Khan. M. Irfan in place of Rumman Raees.

CAP: Dwayne Smith/Watson

VC: Mahmudullah/Pieterson

Karachi Kings – Quetta Gladiators

Karachi Kings are back in the game so as Pieterson (Quetta). Last time they met and Quetta won by 7 wickets. Both the teams have very strong bowling lineups. Karachi Bowlers – Sohail Khan, Usama Mir, Usman Khan, M. Amir and Imad Wasim and Quetta – Perera, M.Nawaz, Hasan Khan, Mills, Z. Babar, Anwar Ali and Umar Gul.

The Men in form – Riley Rossouw, Pieterson, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sangakkara, Sarfaraz Ahmed.

So there are many options to make the balanced side.

Batting lineup of Quetta is more stronger with the likes of Pieterson, Rossouw, Sarfaraz and ofcourse Perera who can park the ball outside the stadium anytime.

From Karachi, ofcourse one man is more than enough i.e. Gayle, but unfortunately he is not in form. So they are only left with Babar Azam, Sangakkara, Shoaib Malik.

Possible lineup 1: Sarfaraz (wk), Babar Azam, Pieterson, Rossouw, Shoaib Malik, Perera, Sohail Khan, Hasan Khan, Usama Mir, M Amir, Ravi Bopara/Pollard.

Asad Shafiq did not play in last match and Shehzad is not in form so he is likely to make way for Asad Shafiq.

To make batting side more balance from both the sides I have added Bopara, because Quetta’s bowling is very strong and his chance for batting likely to come sooner than later.

I know many would not like to include bopara so make it even you can take either Pollard which is one possible option or choose Sangakkara in place of Sarfaraz, then you have one place vacant which can be filled by either bowler or All rounder Imad Wasim or M. Nawaz

Possible lineup 2: Sanga (wk), Babar Azam, Pieterson, Rossouw, Shoaib Malik, Perera, M. Nawaz/Imad Wasim, Sohail Khan, Mir, Hassan Khan, M. Amir.

CAP: Rossouw/Perera

VC: Azam/Malik/Pieterson

Latest Update:

# Ryan Mclaren likely to be included in the team

 

Australia – SriLanka

Yet another T20.

SriLanka has put Australian in a shock. Well I hope Australia make a comeback in last T20.

It is in Adelaide and Travis Head has given some fine performances in this ground in Big Bash League and also against Pakistan in Jan 2017 where he made 128 runs. So hope for the best from him in this game and that too on batting pitch.

Dickwella has been suspended for two matches so only option left for keeping is either Paine or Dunk. Well undoubtedly it’s Ben Dunk as he had shown some power hitting performance in last match and also Paine comes down the order.

Team 1: Dunk (Wk), Klinger, Finch, Turner, Munaweera, Gunaratne, Head, Tye, Cummins, Maligna, Kulasekara.

Team2: Dunk (Wk), Klinger, Finch, Turner/Kapugedara, Sanjaya, Tharanga, Faulkner, Gunaratne, Malinga, Cummins, TYE/Kulasekara.

Well one can also go for Henriques in place of Head  as per the last match performance, whichever is your favorite and as per your belief. Kulasekara can be replaced with Sanjaya, but he has taken 4 wickets in last match and Sanjaya has been consistently taking couple of wickets from last few matches. To make team more balanced you can take Kapugedra and replace TYE.

If someone is thinking about one should not opt for Turner. He has taken wickets in both the T20s and comes to batting in Middle Order and can be replaced with Faulker who has also taken 2 wickets in last match

CAP: Klinger/Finch

VC: Gunaratne/Head

 

Latest Update:

# Zampa can be included into the team at the expense of Paine or Turner.

# After the suspension of Dickwella, Sandakan/Pathirana like to be included in the team.

 

 

 

 

New Zealand vs Australia (Women)

So it’s T20 Again.

As it is T20, we are focussed more on All-Rounders and Bowlers for two reason. One is All-Rounders get two chances to get points where as bowlers get straight away 10 points for one wicket and  they get point too for maintaining economy and Maiden Overs.

Team : R. Priest (WK), M.Lanning, E.Vilani, Alex Blackwell, Suzie Bates, Amy Satterthwaite, Molly Strano/Gardner, K. Beams, L.Tahuhu, A. Wellington, H. Huddleston.

I have taken Priest as a WK because she is an opener.Top batswomen from Australia Lanning, Vilani, Blackwell. You can take Gardner or Strano or Peterson all have their advantages.

Gardner comes up the order to bat and she bowls also and Strano is a good bowler and have taken 5 wkt in last match and Peterson took 3 wkts and that too HAT-TRICK.

Top Three batswomen as per order of batting from New Zealand are Priest, Bates, Satterthwaite. If anyone wants to take one more batswoman from New Zealand then choose Perry/Martin inplace of Blackwell.

CAP and VC: Bates, Satterthwaite, Lanning, Vilani.

All are performers but as I say I am more inclined towards all-rounders who comes up the order and bowl as well.

 

Lahore Qalandars – Islamabad United

Time to say bye bye to Jason Roy and Sam Billings. so Lahore and Islamabad will have to find a good replacement for  Jason Roy and Sam Billings as they have left for West Indies.

After contributing with the bat as well as ball, I believe Cameron Delport will be a part of it for a while and also Jason Roy has left so out of 4 places for foreign players 3 are filled in by Sunil Narine, Cameron Delport, Brendon McCullum and let’s see who will come in place of Jason Roy next. Same goes with the Islamabad who will be their 4th foreign player.

Team: M. Rizwan (wk), D. Smith, Fakar Zaman, Umar Akmal, Misbah, S. Watson, Cameron Delport, Sunil Narine, M.Irfan, M. Sami, S. Tanvir.

You may also opt for B. Haddin though he is not in form. Brendon McCullum did not open in last match but this time he can open as Jason Roy has left.G. Elliott did not play in the last match but he can make a come back and fill in the 4th place which is vacant now after Jason Roy has left. Yasir Shah is struggling with his form and have not performed as per expectations except one match and that too applied with Saeed Ajmal as well.

Cap: Smith/Watson

V-Cap: Zaman/Delport/Rizwan

Update: M. Irfan may not play, so you can take Raees/M.Irfan (Jnr).

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Peshawar Zalmi vs Karachi Kings

Who will play and who will not. It is as uncertain as the form of Chris Gayle (you never know when his bat start speaking).

It is T20 again and best 11 could be as per the current form of the players.

Team: Kumar Sangakkara (Wk), Eoin Morgan, Babar Azam, Tamim Iqbal, Imad Wasim, Shoad Mailk, M. Hafeez, M. Amir, Usama Mir, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali.

Rest: You can choose Kamran Akmal instead of Sanga but as per last few matches Akmal is not in form. Jordan did not play in last match and Sohail Khan as well. Gayle is also an option but again not even he knows when his bat will start bombarding the bowlers. You can also opt for Sakib hasan as he is back but he come down the order 5-6th down(hardly any use with the bat) and he may take 1 or 2 wickets.

Karachi Bowlers are really good- Amir, Wasim, Mir- so it will be tough task for Peshawar batsmen specially for openers. Whereas absence of Jordan in last two matches have already started costing them as they lost last match. Jordan is the man of death overs and he can turn the tides. So it will be interesting to see if he will be in today’s match or not.

Most Probably this will be the last match of Eoin Morgan in PSL.

Cap: Babar Azam is in form so as Eoin Morgan and Tamim Iqbal

Vcap: M. Hafeez is not going good with bat but he is an opener or can take 1 or 2 wkts. other options are Sanga/Akmal.

Try to go with one Batsman/Wk and one all-rounder for Cap – VC. Because an all-rounder gets two chances to perform (with bat and ball).

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SriLanka-Australia

Twenty20 Match.

More focus should be upon Bowlers or All-rounders as it is a T20 so chances are very high that everyone will be willing to take more than just a risk. And also Australia has already lost one match so it will try more than 100% to come back and win this match.

Team: Dickwella, Klinger, Finch, Turner, Munaweera, Gunaratne, Head, Faulkner, Malinga, Zampa, Cummins.

One can also opt for M. Henriques in place of turner but as he did not ball in last match so I am doubtful for this match also. Though he can bat very well but still Turner took 2 wickets in last match.

Hard Call –

Cap: Head, Klinger, Finch.

VCap: Gunaratne (All Rounder), Faulkner, Head.

It’s a batsmen friendly pitch so try to opt for one hitter or allrounder who comes up the order and complete 3-4 overs of bowling as well

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