KARACHI: Shane Watson’s 71 runs off 43 balls innings lifted Quetta Gladiators to 186 within the qualifier towards Peshawar Zalmi on the Pakistan Tremendous League’s qualifier in Nationwide Stadium, Karachi.
Watson neutralised the Gladiators’ early breakthrough along with his fiery half-century.
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 group.
However the Watson-Ahsan Ali partnership of 111 runs turned the desk spherical for the Gladiators because the Zalmi bowling assault did not capitalise regardless of repeated makes an attempt.
However later quick bowler Wahab Riaz halted the Australian opener’s innings with a bowled. The batsman departed after scoring 71 off 43 with 5 boundaries and 6 sixes.
Sameen Gul and Pollard prolonged the momentum offered by Riaz as they picked well timed wickets of Rossouw and Ahsan Ali respectively.
Umar Akmal performed 22 runs innings and Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed scored 12.
Wahab Riaz picked two wickets, whereas Hasan Ali, Tymal Mills, Sameen Gul and Pollard picked one every.
Former Pakistan skipper Misbah ul Haq is included in Zalmi’s playing-11 in the present day whereas Ahsan Ali has made a comeback for the Gladiators rather than Anwar Ali.
The conflict that’s assured to check nerves. The profitable group goes straight into the ultimate of the event on Sunday, March 17.
However it received’t be throughout for the dropping facet – there can be one other probability to make it to the ultimate when the loser of in the present day’s Qualifier performs towards the winner of tomorrow’s Eliminator 1 on Friday.
However Quetta vs Peshawar matches are all the time extra than simply profitable 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 succeed in the ultimate, the place Islamabad United beat Sarfraz Ahmed XI to elevate the inaugural trophy.
PSL 2017 Qualifier and Remaining
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 succeed in 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 event and Peshawar had been crushed by Islamabad within the ultimate.
Quetta and Peshawar can be raring to go in motion towards one another once more in the present day, and relaxation assured, it’s all set to be one other thriller.