It’s that match we all wait for like no other. The ‘El Clásico’ of Pakistan Super League. The clash that is guaranteed to test nerves. It’s Quetta Gladiators vs Peshawar Zalmi today, and one of them is going straight into the final of the tournament on Sunday, March 17.
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.
Quetta Gladiators and one-time champions Peshawar Zalmi will be in action today at the National Stadium Karachi both captains promising to fight till the last ball.
Led by Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, Quetta have finished runner-up in 2016 and 2017, while Peshawar outlasted them in the third vs fourth Eliminator in 2018. Interestingly, every time the margin of victory was one-run.
Date: Saturday, March 13, 2019
Timing: 07:00 PM PKT
Weather: Weather is expected to be clear.
Conditions / Pitch Report: The Karachi 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: 12 | Quetta Gladiators: 6 | Peshawar Zalmi: 5 | NR: 1
- Peshawar Zalmi 165/4 lost to Quetta Gladiators 166/2
- 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
Quetta Gladiators: L W W W L (completed matches, most recent first)
Peshawar Zalmi: W W L W W
1. Quetta Gladiators
Quetta will be captained by Sarfraz Ahmed who will also keep wickets and bat down the order. Quetta Gladiators are expected to field the same playing XI in this match.
Shane Watson will open the batting along with Ahmed Shahzad while Rilee Rossouw will come at one drop. Both Watson and Rossouw have been in good touch and have shouldered the batting responsibility.
Shane Watson would be the key man for Quetta Gladiators with the bat. Watson has scored more than 350 runs in the season which include three half-centuries. Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal are the other two leading batters for the side. Shehzad struck a 57-ball 99 in the last match against Karachi Kings but the team unfortunately lost by just one run.
Among the bowlers, Sohail Tanvir will be their main man and has 15 wickets. Mohammad Nawaz and Fawad Ahmed would be the other frontline bowlers.
Quetta Gladiator’s Probable XI:
1. Ahmed Shahzad, 2. Shane Watson, 3. Rilee Rossouw, 4. Umar Akmal, 5. DJ Bravo, 6. Sarfraz Ahmed, 7. Anwar Ali, 8. Mohammad Nawaz, 9. Sohail Tanvir, 10. Fawad Ahmed, 11. Mohammad Husnain
2. Peshawar Zalmi
Peshawar will be captained by Sammy who will be playing the role of an all-rounder. Kamran Akmal will open the batting with Imam and also keep 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.
Peshawar Zalmi decided to bench veteran batsman Misbah-ul-Haq in the last match and the same is expected for the Qualifier as well. Imam-ul-Haq is the highest run-scorer for the team.
In the bowling department, Hasan Ali and Wahab Riaz would shoulder the responsibility. Hasan has gone to a different level altogether and has already bagged 21 wickets.
Peshawar Zalmi’s Probable XI:
1. Kamran Akmal, 2. Imam-ul-Haq, 3. Sohaib Maqsood, 4. Liam Dawson, 5. Umar Amin, 6. Darren Sammy, 7. Kieron Pollard, 8. Chris Jordan / Tymal Mills, 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
Best Bowling: Shahid Afridi 4-1-7-5 Vs QG at Sharjah