There is a lot to play for in cricket tomorrow, with four matches scheduled in World Cup Qualifiers, Pakistan Super League, Windies Women tour of New Zealand and Pakistan Women tour of Sri Lanka. Let’s look at the key players from these cricket fixtures.
United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan lock horns in the next Super Sixes match of the World Cup Qualifiers at Old Hararians Sports Club. Afghanistan will again look up to Rahmat Shah, their most consistent batsman who has the recent scores of 69, 11, 46 and 68. Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan are among other key players for team Afghanistan.
United Arab Emirates rely on their captain Rohan Mustafa, who already has one five-wicket haul and one four-for in WCQ, to go with one fifty. Mohammad Usman was another shining light in the last match wherein he scored 80 runs.
Quetta Gladiators take on the defending champions Peshawar Zalmi in the Eliminator 1 of the PSL 2018, the winner of which will play Karachi Kings in Eliminator 2. The Gladiators will be without their Kevin Pietersen, Shane Watson and Jason Roy. In their absence, there is an additional responsibility on Sarfraz Ahmed, Rilee Rossouw, Asad Shafiq, Rahat Ali and new-addition Thisara Perera. Mahmudullah will also return for the all-important clash.
For Peshawar Zalmi, the complete squad is available. Kamran Akmal, the second leading run-getter in the tournament with 347 runs in the tournament, will be key. Dwayne Smith, Mohammad Hafeez and Wahab Riaz are among others who have had a decent run in the tournament.
Struggling West Indies Women will play 3rd T20I against New Zealand Women at New Plymouth. For New Zealand, skipper Suzie Bates, wicketkeeper Katey Martin and Amy Satterthwaite have been the stars with the bat, while Sophie Devine and Leigh Kasperek have had success with the ball.
West Indies Women had a terrible outing in the last T20I, but captain Stafanie Taylor and opener Hayley Matthews made 50+ scores in the first T20I while Deandra Dottin bowled well to return with the figures of 2/23.
In the 1st ODI of the three-match series, seventh-ranked Pakistan takes on eighth-ranked Sri Lanka in the ICC Championship match at Dambulla on Tuesday. For the hosts, AC Jayangani is one of reliable batswoman with 378 runs at a batting average of 42 in last 10 ODIs. Surangika, Ranaweera and SS Weerakkody are among other key players in Sri Lanka Women lineup.
For Pakistan Women, Nahida Khan and Javeria Khan are key in batting while Sana Mir is the top-ranked Pakistan bowler in the ODI Women’s rankings.