Man of the Match: SR Watson
Peshawar in battle with Quetta for the top!
Our Prediction is Peshawar Zalmi to win!
Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators will battle it out for the top spot in the 23rd game of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Abu Dhabi on Monday.
Darren Sammy and co. produced a morale boosting win over Islamabad United to go the top of the league table. Zalmi are certainly in red-hot form and have won three games on the trot. They will certainly be keen to continue their unbeaten streak in this game as well.
On the other hand, Quetta Gladiators were able to able to end their two-match losing streak with a win over Multan Sultans. Gladiators are second in the table and slightly behind Peshawar Zalmi to net run-rate.
In their previous meeting this season, Quetta Gladiators cruised to a comfortable win over Peshawar Zalmi.
The franchise produced a credible effort with bat and ball to beat Multan Sultans by six wickets in a game played on Friday. Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed will be focused that side can produce consistency with bat and ball in the last leg of round-robin games.
The bowlers produced a clinical performance to setup a comfortable win for Quetta Gladiators. Left-arm pacer Sohail Tanvir and medium-pacer Dwayne Bravo picked up three wickets each to restrict Multan to a below-par score.
In the batting department, Shane Watson led the way from the front and scored 33 off 25 balls with the help of six fours and a six. Watson scored quickly and put on a 49 run partnership with Ahsan Ali to lay down the platform for the batting lineup in the chase.
The biggest positive was Ahmed Shehzad finding form with the bat. He showed signs of struggle in his inning and remained patient to produce an unbeaten 28 off 35 balls with the help of two fours. Rilee Rossouw continued his good form in this as well and scored 35 off 33 balls with the help of three boundaries.
Quetta Gladiators will be depending on their in-form players Shane Watson, Umar Akmal and Rilee Rossouw to deliver the goods with the bat in this game. The inclusion of Dwayne Bravo will certainly strengthen the playing XI as he can deliver match-winning performances with bat and ball.
Rookie pacer Mohammad Hasnain also bowled well and picked up wicket of Umar Siddiq in the previous game.
Sarfaraz Ahmed (c &wk), Rilee Rossouw, Ahmed Shehzad, Shane Watson, Umar Akmal, Ahsan Ali, Dwayne Bravo, Mohammad Nawaz, Sohail Tanvir, Fawad Ahmed, Mohammad Hasnain
RR Rossouw, Dwayne Bravo, SR Watson, S Tanvir, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hasnain, Fawad Ahmed, Sarfraz Ahmed, Umar Akmal, Ahsan Ali, Mohammad Nawaz
2017 PSL Champions are certainly in phenomenal form at the moment with three successive wins in a row in the competition. Skipper Darren Sammy will be hoping that the side can continue their winning momentum in this game as well.
In their previous game, Peshawar Zalmi came out on top against Islamabad United courtesy of splendid performances from Liam Dawson, Darren Sammy and Hasan Ali.
The top order comprising of Kamran Akmal, Andre Fletcher and Imam-ul-Haq chipped in with decent scores in the previous game. Akmal and Fletcher produced a breezy opening wicket partnership to set the tone for Peshawar in the chase.
Umar Amin suffered a rare failure in the previous game and could only score six runs against Islamabad United. He will be looking to make a strong comeback with the bat against Quetta Gladiators. Kieron Pollard also failed to repeat his heroics from the last game.
All-rounder Liam Dawson produced a match-winning performance with the bat. He scored unbeaten 52 off 35 balls with the help of three fours and three sixes. He was well supported by Captain Darren Sammy, who also scored 40 off 29 balls with the help of two sixes.
In the bowling department, the pace duo of Hasan Ali and Wahab Riaz bowled immaculate lengths against Islamabad United. The rest of the bowling lineup leaked a lot of runs and will need to improve considerably against Quetta Gladiators.
Darren Sammy (c), Imam-ul-Haq Kamran Akmal (wk), Kieron Pollard, Umar Amin, Dawid Malan/Andre Fletcher, Liam Dawson, Umaid Asif, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Ibtisam Sheikh/Sameen Gul
Umaid Asif, Hasan Ali, Sameen Gul, Umar Amin, Imam-ul-Haq, Liam Dawson, Wahab Riaz, Kieron Pollard, DJG Sammy, ADS Fletcher , Kamran Akmal
Traditionally, it does tend to assist the spinners. One can expect a good batting wicket for this game. The forecast for Monday’s game is going to be sunny throughout the day.
Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium will host its first game of this year’s competition. The average score at the venue is around 140 runs.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bat first and post a decent total on the board. Batting last will be difficult ask for any side.
In the battle of heavyweights, Peshawar Zalmi is favorites to come out on top against Quetta Gladiators. 2017 PSL are certainly in red-hot form and would be difficult to stop in this contest.
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