Man of the Match: SR Watson
High flying Gladiators meet 2017 Champions Zalmi in the Qualifier for PSL Final!
Our Prediction is Peshawar Zalmi to win!
High flying Quetta Gladiators will be looking to secure their place in the finals when they take on Peshawar Zalmi in the Qualifier game of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Karachi on Wednesday.
Earlier this season, Quetta Gladiators have managed to beat Peshawar Zalmi in their two games played in the competition.
Gladiators will be keen to make amends and deliver their best performance with bat and ball against Peshawar Zalmi. Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed will be hoping that the side can raise their game for this playoff game.
On the other hand, Peshawar Zalmi have certainly done well in their previous couple of matches. 2017 PSL Champions will be looking to raise their game with bat and ball against Quetta Gladiators.
Going into this game, Quetta Gladiators will be keen to qualify for the finals of Pakistan Super League in bid to clinch their maiden title. In last round robin game, they suffered a one-run defeat at the hands of Karachi Kings.
For this first knockout game, Gladiators will look towards their in-form opening batsman Shane Watson, who has accumulated 352 runs at an average of 44.00 with three half-centuries to his name. Watson could not big runs in the previous game and will certainly hold the key for Quetta Gladiators in this playoff game.
Ahmed Shehzad fell one run short of century in the previous game played against Karachi Kings on Sunday. He certainly has been in terrific form and scored 252 runs in 6 matches at an average of 50.40.
The middle-order trio of Umar Akmal, Rilee Rossouw and Dwayne Bravo has chipped in with match-winning performances in this year’s competition. Gladiators will be hoping that the experienced players can contribute with the runs in this Qualifier game of the competition.
In the bowling department, the side is heavily dependent on left-arm pace bowler Sohail Tanvir who has claimed 15 wickets in 10 matches at an impressive average of 17.66 and economy rate of 6.79. Tanvir will be keen to make a strong comeback in this game after poor outing with the ball against Karachi Kings.
Left spinner Fawad Ahmed has certainly enhanced his reputation with the ball in his first season. He was the standout bowler for Quetta Gladiators in the previous game played against Karachi Kings on Sunday.
Mohammad Nawaz and Dwayne Bravo leaked a lot of runs in the game against Karachi Kings. The duo will need to produce much better effort with the ball against Peshawar Zalmi.
Sarfaraz Ahmed (c &wk), Rilee Rossouw, Ahmed Shehzad, Shane Watson, Umar Akmal, Dwayne Bravo, Mohammad Nawaz, Anwar Ali, 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
On the other hand, Peshawar Zalmi is coming into this game on the back of comprehensive win over Karachi Kings in their last round-robin game played on Monday. 2017 PSL Champions will be looking to cement their place in the finals for second time in a row if they beat Quetta Gladiators in this Qualifier game.
The franchise will look towards their in-form opener Imam-ul-Haq in the batting department as he has so far scored 257 runs in 9 matches with three half-centuries to his name. Left-handed batsman also scored 59 off 40 balls with the help of seven fours and a six.
Besides Imam, his opening partner Kamran Akmal has produced crucial runs for Peshawar and scored 240 runs at an average of 24.00 with two half-centuries to his name. Akmal looked in scintillating form with the bat and scored 86 off 48 balls with the help of ten fours and five sixes to help Peshawar Zalmi register a comfortable win in their previous game.
All-rounders Kieron Pollard and Liam Dawson have also contributed with decent scores with the bat for Peshawar Zalmi in the competition. Captain Darren Sammy also has done his job with the bat coming late in the order.
In the bowling department, the franchise is heavily reliant on pace bowler Hasan Ali, who is tournament’s leading wicket-taker with 21 wickets to his name. Left-arm quick Wahab Riaz also has been impressive with 13 wickets in 10 matches at an average of 20.61. Tymal Mills also bowled well in the previous game and finished with two wickets to his name.
Kamran Akmal (wk), Imam-ul-Haq, Umar Amin, Sohail Maqsood/Misbah-ul-Haq, Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy (c), Liam Dawson, Tymal Mills, Sameen Gul, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz
Hasan Ali, TS Mills, Sameen Gul, Imam-ul-Haq, Liam Dawson, Wahab Riaz, Kieron Pollard, DJG Sammy, Misbah-ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal, Sohaib Maqsood
The two games played at the venue have seen high-scoring contests. Expect this pitch to be similar in nature as batsmen will sure rule the roost over the bowlers. The weather for the game on Wednesday is going to be clear skies.
Peshawar Zalmi have won their previous game played at the venue. Quetta Gladiators will rue the fact they have should won their game against Karachi Kings. All day-night game have been won sides batting first.
The side that wins the toss would be keen to put on a big total on the board and put pressure on the opposition in this knockout game.
Based on their track-record in the knockout games, Peshawar Zalmi will be favorites to win this game against Quetta Gladiators. Sarfaraz and co. will need to bring their best game against Peshawar to book their place in the finals of the competition.
Back Peshawar Zalmi to win!
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