Quetta Gladiators vs Peshawar Zalmi PSL 2021, 19th match
Quetta Gladiators will be looking to turn their fortunes around when they take on Peshawar Zalmi in the 19th match at Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
In the initial round of matches played in Karachi, Gladiators lost four matches on the bounce and will be keen to show consistency in this second phase of PSL. Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed will be looking to assess the conditions and pick their best XI for this game.
On the other hand, Peshawar Zalmi suffered narrow defeat at the hands of Quetta Gladiators. 2017 PSL Champions will be keen to make their amends and deliver a strong show against Gladiators.
The franchise is currently lying at the bottom of the league table with net run-rate of -0.936.
In the batting department, the onus will be on the likes of Faf du Plessis, Sarfaraz Ahmed and Jake Weatherald to make notable contributions in this contest.
Faf du Plessis will be keen to continue his rich vein of form in this year’s PSL competition. Former South African batsman showed incredible form for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL earlier this season. Besides, Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has found his mojo with the bat.
The likes of Azam Khan, Mohammad Nawaz and Cameron Delport will be given the task of scoring big runs at the back end of the innings.
In the bowling department, the bowling department will be on the likes of Zahid Mehmood, Mohammad Hasnain and Qais Ahmed to deliver crucial breakthroughs.
With a defeat in their previous game, Peshawar Zalmi have positive net run-rate with six points to their name.
In the previous game, Peshawar Zalmi won the toss and opted to bowl first. The decision proved to be correct somewhat as Peshawar pacers reduced Lahore Qalandars to 25 for 4 after 7.3 overs. The bowlers failed to maintain their consistency and erred in their lines in the final 10 overs of the innings.
For Peshawar Zalmi, Fabian Allen claimed two wickets whereas Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Irfan and Umaid Asif picked one wicket apiece.
Chasing 171 runs for victory, openers Kamran Akmal and Haider Ali perished for low scores. For Peshawar, veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik was the standout performer with the bat and finished the innings with the top-score of 73 runs off 48 balls with the help of seven fours and four sixes.
Besides Malik, David Miller chipped in with 21 runs off 23 balls with the help of three boundaries, whereas tail-ender Umaid Asif hit some lusty blows at the back end of the innings.
The team management will be hoping that the likes of Kamran Akmal and Haider Ali can get the side off to a decent start in this fixture.
The wicket prepared for the game will offer some assistance to the pacers with the new-ball. The spinners will definitely some something out of the wicket.
Players in form
Despite missing out a decent score against Lahore, Kamran Akmal will be looking to get back amongst the runs.
Wicket-keeper batsman will be keen to make an impact with the bat against Quetta Gladiators.
In the previous meeting between the two teams, Peshawar Zalmi registered a hard-fought three- wicket win over Quetta Gladiators.
Based on recent performances, Peshawar Zalmi will be expected to bounce back strongly and win their game against Quetta Gladiators.
With likes of Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz and Umaid Asif putting in decent performances in the previous game, Peshawar Zalmi will be keen to raise their game against Quetta Gladiators.
On the other hand, Quetta Gladiators will have to bat exceedingly in order to compete with Peshawar Zalmi.
Expect Peshawar Zalmi to comfortably brush side Quetta Gladiators.