Man of the Match: Umar Akmal
Quetta Gladiators to win
Our Prediction to Quetta Gladiators to win the Match!
Peshawar Zalmi will take on Quetta Gladiators in the 3rd game of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Dubai on Friday.
Darren Sammy and co. played exceedingly well last season in order to qualify for the finals of the competition. They lost to Islamabad United in the finals of PSL 2018 played in Karachi. Peshawar Zalmi will certainly be keen to clinch the trophy for the second time this season.
On the other hand, Quetta Gladiators suffered a narrow defeat at the hands of Peshawar Zalmi in the playoff game played last year. Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed will be hoping that the franchise can break their trophy drought this year. Two-time Finalists will be keen to get off to a decent start in this year’s competition.
2017 PSL Champions have managed to retain their premier players for the coming season. Darren Sammy will certainly be looking to lead from the front with bat and ball.
Wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal has been franchise’s premier performer in the batting department. Last year, he scored 425 runs in 13 matches with one century to his name. Akmal has been consistent performer for the side at the top of the innings and will be one of the players to watch out for in this year’s competition.
West Indies’ Andre Fletcher was last-minute replacement for Afghanistan’s Waqar Salamkheil for the coming season. Umar Amir and Sohaib Maqsood are experienced players at the domestic level and will be looking to do well this season. Former Pakistan Captain Misbah-ul-Haq will make his first appearance for Zalmi this season. He will certainly bring stability to Zalmi’s middle-order for the coming season.
All-rounders Kieron Pollard and Liam Dawson will provide balance to the side with bat and ball. Pollard will certainly see this opportunity to redeem his T20 career after going through a lean run of form last year.
In the bowling department, pace duo of Wahab Riaz and Hasan Ali is a formidable combination with the new-ball. Chris Jordan, Umaid Asif and Sameen Gul also did well for the franchise last season with the ball in hand. Left-arm orthodox spinner Ibtisam Sheikh has been impressive in his limited appearances for the side in the competition.
Darren Sammy (c), Kamran Akmal, Andre Fletcher, Umar Amin, Sohaib Maqsood, Misbah-ul-Haq, Liam Dawson, Kieron Pollard, Sameen Gul, Umaid Asif, Wahab Riaz.
Umaid Asif, Hasan Ali, Sameen Gul, Liam Dawson, Wahab Riaz, Kieron Pollard, DJG Sammy, Sohaib Maqsood, ADS Fletcher , Kamran Akmal, Misbah-ul-Haq
Two-time finalists finished fourth in the league table last season and managed to win only five games out of ten played in the competition. Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed will be determined that the side can produce consistency with bat and ball to lift their maiden crown this year.
Gladiators have also bolstered their overall squad for the fourth edition of PSL by bringing in players like Sunil Narine, Sohail Tanvir, Dwayne Bravo and Dwayne Smith in an attempt to break their trophy drought this time around.
In the batting department, the side will be relying on players like Rilee Rossouw, Shane Watson and Dwayne Smith to do the bulk of the scoring. South African batsman Rilee Rossouw has been in scintillating and scored over 500 runs in the recently concluded Bangladesh Premier League. On the other hand, Shane Watson has shown excellent form with the bat for Sydney Thunder in the ongoing Big Bash League.
Dwayne Smith has been prolific run-scorer in the history of PSL and was instrumental in helping Islamabad United lifted the crown in the inaugural season held in 2016. Smith will certainly bring a lot of experience in the batting department in this year’s competition.
All-rounder Dwayne Bravo is an experienced campaigner in the T20 circuit and will provide value with bat and ball.Wicket-keeper Sarfaraz Ahmed will be keen to back to his best with the bat for Gladiators in this year’s competition. Sohail Tanvir and Mohammad Nawaz are quality all-rounders that have done well in different T20 Leagues being played across the globe.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Mohammad Asghar, Sohail Tanvir and Sunil Narine to deliver the goods with the ball in hand. Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo and Fawad Ahmed are other useful options for the side in the bowling lineup.
Sarfaraz Ahmed (c), Rilee Rossouw, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Umar Akmal, Ahmed Shehzad, Sunil Narine, Mohammad Nawaz, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Asghar, Anwar Ali.
RR Rossouw, Ghulam Mudassar, SR Watson, S Tanvir, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Irfan Jnr, Fawad Ahmed, Sarfraz Ahmed, Dwayne Smith, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Nawaz
The pitch for the game will be excellent for batting. The bowlers might get some movement off the surface under lights. The weather forecast for the game is going to be partly cloudy.
Quetta Gladiators have an excellent record against Peshawar Zalmi at the venue with three wins out of the four games played in the competition.
Both the sides will be looking to bowl first on this wicket. The side batting second should win this game.
Quetta Gladiators look firm favorites to win this contest. The side has a lot of match-winners in their playing XI who can decimate any side on their day. Peshawar Zalmi will need to bring their best game forward in order to put up a strong fight to Gladiators.
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