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PSL 2018: Who will win the season opener?

PSL 2018

Pakistan Super League, 2018

Pakistan Super League is a professional men’s Twenty20 cricket league which is administered by Pakistan Cricket Board. The league was formed in 2015 and the first tournament was played in 2016 with 5 teams participating in it. However, the third season- PSL 2018 will feature 6 teams. Peshawar Zalmi is the current champion of the tournament.

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The Six Teams-

Islamabad United-

Skipper- Misbah-ul-Haq

Alex Hales, Sam Billings, Chadwick Walton, Rohail Nazir, Amad Butt, Jean-Paul Duminy, Hussain Talat, Samit Patel, Luke Ronchi, Andre Russell, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Samuel Badree, Steven Finn, Mohammad Sami, Rumman Raees, Mohammad Hasan, Zafar Gohar

 

Karachi Kings-

Skipper- Imad Wasim

Babar Azam, Joe Denly, Colin Ingram, Khurram Manzoor, Lendl Simmons, Saifullah Bangash, Eoin Morgan, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammed Taha, Tabish Khan, Ravi Bopara, Hasan Mohsin, Shahid Afridi, David Wiese, Usama Mir, Tymal Mills, Mohammad Amir, Usman Khan,

 

Peshawar Zalmi-

Skipper- Darren Sammy

Tamim Iqbal, Kamran Akmal, Andre Fletcher, Riki Wessels, Hammad Azam, Haris Sohail, Dwayne Bravo, Khushdil Shah, Umaid Asif, Saad Nasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Shakib Al Hasan, Liam Dawson, Sameen Gul, Hasan Ali, Chris Jordan, Mohammad Asghar, Wahab Riaz

 

Quetta Gladiators-

Skipper- Sarfraz Ahmed

Rilee Rossouw, Jason Roy, Kevin Pietersen, Rameez Raja, Asad Shafiq, Shane Watson, Umar Amin, Mohammad Nawaz, Mahmudullah, Jofra Archer, Saad Ali, Saud Shakeel, Rashid Khan, Anwar Ali, Hassan Khan Mohammad, Mir Hamza, Rahat Ali

Lahore Qalandars-

Skipper- Brendon McCullum

Fakhar Zaman, Umar Akmal, Denesh Ramdin, Anton Devcich, Bilal Asif, Cameron Delport, Bilawal Bhatti, Aamer Yamin, Ghulam Mudassar, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mustafizur Rahman, Sunil Narine, Raza Hasan, Shaheen Afridi, Sohail Khan, Yasir Shah

 

Multan Sultans-

Skipper- Shoaib Malik

Ahmed Shehzad, Darren Bravo, Abdullah Shafique, Saif Badar, Nicholas Pooran, Kumar Sangakkara, Sohaib Maqsood, Kashif Bhatti, Shan Masood, Thisara Perera, Mohammad Abbas , Umar Siddiq, Ross Whiteley, Imran Tahir, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul, Hardus Viljoen

The Season Opener Match Prediction:

The defending champions Peshawar Zalmi and newly formed Multan Sultans will lock horns in the season opener of PSL 2018 to be played tomorrow night at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai. While Peshawar Zalmi will enter the ground to defend their crown, Multan Sultans would be looking to kick-start their journey with a win. The defending champions will play under the captaincy of two-time T20 world cup title winner Darren Sammy, while Multan Sultans will be led by the veteran Shoaib Malik. With many big names such as Dwayne Bravo, Chris Jordan, Imran Tahir, Kieron Pollard, Darren Bravo, and Kumar Sangakkara, the season opener is expected to be a high-voltage contest.

 

Peshawar Zalmi-

  • Shakib Al Hasan will not take part in this season due to a hand injury
  • Liam Dawson and Shabbir Rahman has been roped in to take his place
  • Umaid Asif has been named as replacement for Hasan Ali for initial matches
  • Rikki Wessels replaces Evin Lewis
  • Darren Sammy will lead the team

 

Multan Sultans-

  • Shoaib Malik will lead the team
  • Kumar Sangakkara, Umar Gul, Darren Bravo, Chris Jordan and Sohail Tanveer are expected to be in tomorrow’s line-up.

 

Winner Prediction- Both the teams are equally equipped with overseas and local talents. While Peshawar Zalmi is defending champion, Multan Sultans look very promising on papers. So, a tough battle will take place. Moreover, Peshawar Zalmi is expected to be the winner.

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