The party has moved to Sharjah where we were supposed to get some real high scoring games unlike the Dubai edition of the league where as always (In PSL) bowlers dominate the batsmen.
But quite unexpectedly, yesterday’s game was no different. Islamabad United who batted first just managed 134 on a batting paradise where boundaries are as short as my backyard ground.
So what can you expect at Sharjah?
Well, if you’re a professional fantasy player you should always have every single info about the pitch & conditions.
Early Swing Movement: The new ball is going to swing & good seam bowlers will enjoy bowling here.
Remember Usman Khan’s 5 wicket haul against Sri Lanka last year? He took all of his wickets in his very first spell that day.
Runs, Runs & lot of runs: The ball will move only in the initial few overs. Afterwards, it’s a typical T20 wicket where runs flow everywhere due to short boundaries & super fast outfield. (Unlike Dubai)
A sigh of Relief for the spinners: Spinners are more effective here as compared to the Dubai lag & we’ll definitely see spinners having a huge rule restricting the flow of runs.
Coming to today’s fixture:
Kamran, Tamim, Smith, Hafeez, Sohail, Sammy, Ibtisam, Jordan, Riaz, Asif, Asghar.
*Hasan Ali has been practicing with the team & looks all set for a comeback. But highly unlikely they’ll risk him before he gets 100% fit. Though, Pakistani sources suggests you can try your luck with Hasan in gl’s.
*Dawson has also arrived to join PZ who’s a partial replacement of Shakib (Sabbir being the other one). They are struggling with an all-rounder & Dawson’s arrival will be a big boost for them.
*Hammad & Khushdil are two good talented youngesters who can fill Harris Sohail’s place if he fails again with bat, as his bowling skills remains unutilized till now.
Shafiq, Watson, Amin, KP, Mahmudullah/Roussow, Sarfaraz, Nawaz, Archer/Hastings, Hassan, Anwar, Rahat.
*Both Archer & Roussow were reported to be ill before the last game & if fit, will get their place back.
*Laughlin who’s a replacement of Archer has joined Quetta along with Chris Green who’s replacing ICC’s No 1 T20 & Odi bowler Rashid Khan. (Perfectly like-for-like replacement)
Even though Laughlin has arrived, Archer is eligible to play as he’s been signed for first 5 games & will play if he’s fit (which we expect him to)
*Mahmudullah didn’t get any opportunity to bat or bowl in last game. Hence, he can get another game even if Roussow is fit as he’ll be leaving after this game (Or probably after next one) along with Tamim, Sabbir & Mustafizur. (In all likelihood, Legend Sabbir will leave without playing a game unless PZ decides to make a shocker)