Zalmi have won five of their last six matches which includes the last two back to back wins. However, in both the matches that Quetta Gladiators have played against Peshawar Zalmi in the league stage this season, the Gladiators have come out victorious.
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.
Peshawar Zalmi decided to bench veteran batsman Misbah-ul-Haq in the last match and the same is expected for the Eliminator as well. Imam-ul-Haq is the highest run-scorer for the team. Zalmi have also been shuffling with their batting order and sent Kieron Pollard at No. 3 in the last game. However, that is expected to change.
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.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams.
Peshawar Zalmi- Shane Watson, Ahmed Shehzad, Rilee Rossouw, Umar Akmal, Dwayne Bravo, Anwar Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed (c)(wk), Mohammad Nawaz, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Hasnain, Fawad Ahmed
Quetta Gladiators- Kamran Akmal (wk), Imam-ul-Haq, Liam Dawson, Darren Sammy (c), Kieron Pollard, Sohaib Maqsood, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Umar Amin, Tymal Mills, Sameen Gul
Who will win? – Quetta Gladiators
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) –Shane Watson (Peshawar Zalmi), Imam-ul-Haq (Quetta Gladiators)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Sohail Tanvir (Peshawar Zalmi), Hasan Ali (Quetta Gladiators)
Most Sixes – Shane Watson (Peshawar Zalmi), Imam-ul-Haq (Quetta Gladiators)
Team Scores Batting First – Peshawar Zalmi 160+, Quetta Gladiators 175+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.
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