Fantasy Picks: Expect Chris Lynn, Kamran Akmal to fire

February 28: PSL - Lahore Qalandars v Peshawar Zalmi, Rawalpindi

Our XI: Kamran Akmal, Chris Lynn, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Liam Livingstone, Liam Dawson, David Wiese, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Wahab Riaz, Rahat Ali

Captain: Chris Lynn

Lynn is yet to fire this season, but a big score is not far away. He has 1309 runs and a strike rate of 140 as an opener in T20s, and his strike rate vs pace alone since 2018 in the format is 152.3. He is going to get to face a pace-strong Peshawar side, so expect fireworks.

Vice-captain: Kamran Akmal

It was a rare failure for him in the game against Multan Sultans. so he'll be looking to get back to making a big score again. Akmal has scored 908 runs in Rawalpindi, the most by any batsman at the venue in all T20s. His strike rate at the venue is also 160.7.

Hot Picks

Shaheen Afridi

The tall left-arm quick is in red-hot form. He picked 4 for 18 in his last game against Islamabad United. Afridi has a strike rate of 15.2 against left-handers and 16.8 against right-handers in all T20s.

Mohammad Hafeez

He was on fire in the game against Islamabad, where he scored an unbeaten 98 and picked up a wicket, and that should convince you to pick him. Hafeez has scored the most runs in the middle overs (421) in the PSL among all his current Qalandars team-mates.

Fakhar Zaman

Zaman has 455 runs at a strike rate of 137 in the powerplay across all PSL editions. His strike rate is the second-best among all players who have scored 400 or more runs in the powerplay in history of PSL.

Value Picks

Liam Dawson

Dawson is batting at number six for Peshawar this season and also been bowling a few overs in most of the games. His strike rate in T20s is 114 and his economy in the format is 7.28.

David Wiese

An allrounder who bats down the order and often bowls his full quota of overs. He has a strike rate of 144 with that bat in all T20s. His strike rate with the ball in the death overs is 11.5 at an economy of 9.7. His cameos with the bat and his four overs with the ball could be very valuable.

Point to note

This will be the first T20 game at the venue since 2017, so any pattern before that may not be relevant now. So have a lot of experienced, in-form players and all-rounders in your team.