KARACHI: Shane Watson neutralised the Quetta Gladiators’ early breakthrough together with his fiery half-century in opposition to Peshawar Zalmi on the Pakistan Tremendous League’s qualifier in Nationwide Staidum, Karachi.
Zalmi’s Tymal Mills with a thundering yorker bowled opener Ahmad Shehzad on the very first ball of his over – quashing the batsman’s aspirations of a gradual comeback within the nationwide staff.
Former Pakistan skipper Misbah ul Haq is included in Zalmi’s playing-11 whereas Ahsan Ali has made a comeback for the Gladiators instead of Anwar Ali.
The conflict that’s assured to check nerves. The successful staff goes straight into the ultimate of the match on Sunday, March 17.
But it surely received’t be throughout for the dropping aspect – there can be one other probability to make it to the ultimate when the loser of in the present day’s Qualifier performs in opposition to the winner of tomorrow’s Eliminator 1 on Friday.
However Quetta vs Peshawar matches are at all times extra than simply successful or dropping. It’s a battle of strengths, weaknesses and egos. The 2 nemesis have confronted off multiples instances within the playoffs, and every match has been nothing lower than a thriller. Right here’s a fast look:
PSL 2016 Qualifier
Quetta Gladiators beat Peshawar Zalmi by one run to achieve the ultimate, the place Islamabad United beat Sarfraz Ahmed XI to carry the inaugural trophy.
PSL 2017 Qualifier and Closing
Quetta Gladiators beat Peshawar Zalmi by one run (once more!) to safe a spot within the ultimate. Peshawar Zalmi beat Karachi Kings within the second eliminator to achieve the ultimate, the place they defeated their archrivals Quetta Gladiators by 24 runs to disclaim them one more probability on the trophy. This was Quetta Gladiators’ second consecutive defeat in a PSL ultimate.
PSL 2018 Eliminator
Final 12 months once more, the arch-rivals confronted off within the do-or-die Eliminator 1 in Lahore, the place Peshawar Zalmi once more beat Quetta Gladiators by, you guessed it, one run! With the defeat, Quetta had been eradicated from the match and Peshawar had been overwhelmed by Islamabad within the ultimate.
Quetta and Peshawar can be raring to go in motion in opposition to one another once more in the present day, and relaxation assured, it’s all set to be one other thriller.
Batsmen to look out for
Quetta Gladiators’ largest star attraction is Shane Watson, who can also be this match’s highest scorer thus far with 352 runs at an insane strike price of 140.80.
Peshawar Zalmi have the expertise and calm of Misbah-ul-Haq, who has single-handedly received them a match already. Opener Imam-ul-Haq has been per the runs and is Zalmi’s high scorer with 257 runs at a strike price of 124.15.
Bowlers to observe
Peshawar Zalmi’s bowling lineup is led by paceman Hasan Ali, who has once more reclaimed the Fazal Mehmood Cap with 21 wickets. He’s helped by Wahab Riaz, who has 13 wickets within the match.
For Quetta, pacer Sohail Tanvir is in good type with 15 wickets thus far, however what stands out is the staff’s spin duo of Mohammad Nawaz and Fawad Ahmed, who’ve 21 wickets between them.
To not neglect rookie pacer Mohammad Hasnain, who turned the quickest bowler of this match when he clocked in at 150.52kph. The 18-year previous caught everybody’s consideration together with his fiery spell of 1-29 on his PSL debut, and clocks constantly at over 140kph.
Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Sunil Narine, Dwayne Bravo, Dwayne Smith, Shane Watson, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Nawaz, Rilee Rossouw, Umar Akmal, Fawad Ahmed, Anwar Ali, Saud Shakeel, Mohammad Asghar, Danish Aziz, Ahsan Ali, Ghulam Madassir, Mohammad Hasnain, Harry Gurney, Ahmed Shahzad, Azam Khan, Jalat Khan, Mohammad Irfan Jr
Darren Sammy (c), Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Kieron Pollard, Kamran Akmal, Misbah ul Haq, Liam Dawson, Dawid Malan, Umar Amin, Umaid Asif, Khalid Usman, Wayne Madsen, Sohaib Maqsood, Jamal Anwar, Sameen Gul, Nabi Gul, Andre Fletcher, Chris Jordan, Ibtesam Sheikh, Samiullah, Tymal Mills