Quetta Gladiators were looking invincible with four wins from the first four matches but have since suffered two defeats.
Zalmi and Gladiators’ clash brings back memories from the Eliminator of the last season when Peshawar were able to beat the Gladiators by just one run.
Peshawar Zalmi have also won four out of their six matches and are one of the contenders for the title. The last time that the two teams met in this season, Quetta won the match by six wickets, led by a 76-run hand from Umar Akmal.
Both Shane Watson and Umar Akmal have two half-centuries from their six matches and have scored around the 200-run mark. Rilee Rossouw has also played a couple of good knocks for the team and possesses a lot of talent in the shortest format.
Among the bowlers, Sohail Tanvir has bagged nine wickets from six matches and had bowled at an economy of just over six. Harry Gurney is coming off a good Big Bash League and would fit into the playing XI.
Date: Monday, March 04, 2019
Timing: 04:30 PM PKT
Venue: Abu Dhabi
Weather: Weather is expected to be clear with a few clouds into the afternoon.
Conditions / Pitch Report: The Abu Dubai surface should suit the spin bowlers but there is enough in the balanced pitch for the batsmen and seamers too. The pitch has got enough on offer to keep everyone interested.
Head to Head:
Matches: 11 | Quetta Gladiators: 5 | Peshawar Zalmi: 5 | NR: 1
- Peshawar Zalmi 155/4 lost to Quetta Gladiators 161/4
- Peshawar Zalmi 157/10 beat Quetta Gladiators 156/9
- Peshawar Zalmi 157/5 lost to Quetta Gladiators 158/4
- Peshawar Zalmi 143/5 beat Quetta Gladiators 141/8
Quetta Gladiators: W L L W W (completed matches, most recent first)
Peshawar Zalmi: W W W L W
1. Quetta Gladiators
Quetta will be captained by Sarfraz Ahmed who will also keep wickets and bat down the order. Watson should open the batting. Not sure how much bowling he will do.
Quetta Gladiators are expected to field the same playing XI in this match. Shane Watson will open the batting along with Ahsan Ali while Rilee Rossouw will come at one drop. Both Watson and Rossouw have been in good touch and have shouldered the batting responsibility.
Umar Akmal has been there spearhead and is the leading run-scorer of the tournament. Among the bowlers, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Nawaz and Ghulam Mudassar will be the main threats.
Quetta Gladiator’s Probable XI:
1. Sarfraz Ahmed, 2. Shane Watson, 3. DR Smith, 4. Rilee Rossouw, 5. Umar Akmal, 6. Ahsan Ali, 7. Anwar Ali, 8. Mohammad Nawaz, 9. Sohail Tanvir, 10. Harry Gurney, 11. Ghulam Mudassar
2. Peshawar Zalmi
Peshawar will be captained by Sammy who will be playing the role of an all-rounder. Kamran Akmal should open the batting with Imam and also keep wickets.
Peshawar Zalmi have won three of their last four matches. The last time that the two teams met each other, Quetta Gladiators beat Peshawar Zalmi by six wickets.
Peshawar Zalmi would expect runs from Imam-ul-Haq, Liam Dawson and Keiron Pollard. Peshawar Zalmi have decided to bank on their four overseas picks in Andre Fletcher, Kieron Pollard, Liam Dawson and captain Darren Sammy.
One of their most dangerous batsman Kamran Akmal has not been able to shine. His lack of form has been compensated to some extent by good knocks from Imam-ul-Haq, Kieron Pollard and Umar Amin. Among the bowlers, Hasan Ali and Wahab Riaz have been sensational for Zalmi.
Peshawar Zalmi’s Probable XI:
1. Kamran Akmal, 2. Wayne Madsen, 3. Imam-ul-Haq, 4. Liam Dawson, 5. Kieron Pollard, 6. Darren Sammy, 7. Umar Amin, 8. Umaid Asif, 9. Hasan Ali, 10. Wahab Riaz, 11. Ibtisam Sheikh
Players to watch:
1. Shane Watson – Batsman, Quetta Gladiators
Shane Watson is always a dangerous player when it comes to the shortest format of the game. One of the most powerful hitters of the ball, de Villiers doesn’t need any time to adjust and can switch gears in an instant.
2. Kieron Pollard – Batsman, Peshawar Zalmi
Pollard is a natural when it comes to big knocks and could be a lethal player for the Peshawar Zalmi. A player of his quality is always a danger for opposition bowlers as he often tends to take the game away with his maximums.
3. Darren Sammy – All-rounder, Peshawar Zalmi
Peshawar Zalmi’s skipper Darren Sammy is a utility player. While there may be someone who steals the spotlight, Sammy will be very consistent for Zalmi. Sammy reads the game very well and tunes his batting accordingly. He has been very good with the ball. His slow bowling and variations often put the batsmen in a heap of trouble.
4. Umar Akmal – Batsman, Quetta Gladiators
Gladiators needed someone to play an innings according to the stipulations. Umar is one of the best hitter of the ball in the world and can dismantle any bowling attack on his day. Akmal is in top form and had scored an unbeaten 74,18 and 44 in the first two matches.
Stats and Travia:
Highest Total: 200/7 by QG v PZ at Sharjah
Highest Individual Score: 77 by Muhammad Hafeez v QG at Sharjah in 2017
Best Bowling: Shahid Afridi 4-1-7-5 Vs QG at Sharjah