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PSL 2018: Eliminator 1 - Peshawar Zalmi v Quetta Gladiators - Preview

Can Kamran Akmal continue his scintillating form?
Can Kamran Akmal continue his scintillating form?
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Game: Eliminator 1, Peshawar Zalmi v Quetta Gladiators
Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
Timings: 02:00 PM GMT / 07:00 PM Local

The finalists of the previous season Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators will be bidding to keep their hopes alive when they face each other in the Eliminator 1 contest of the Pakistan Super League in what will be the first game of the tournament in Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

The spotlight appears on the foreign players' reluctance to travel to Pakistan and Quetta Gladiators have been the most badly hit team with Kevin Pietersen, in-form Shane Watson and Ben Laughlin all have decided not to travel to the Asian country but they will have the services of Thisara Perera, Australia's Chris Green along with Johnson Charles and Mahmudullah for the all-important leg of the tournament.

Quetta team owner Nadeem Omer was extremely disappointed by Watson's decision to pull out of the visit to Pakistan after initially agreeing to tour the country. Nevertheless, the form of someone like Mahmudullah and Perera should hold them at good stead even though Watson has been one of the impactful player for the team this season.

Peshawar Zalmi already saw Darren Sammy featuring in last year's final in Lahore but his former Windies team-mate Dwayne Smith has headed back to his country for personal reasons. Shakib Al Hasan though will join the squad and is expected to play a key role to his side's chances.

Head to Head Record:

2016: Both teams won one apiece in the league stage and it was Quetta, who sealed a thrilling one-run win against Peshawar in the Qualifier 1.

2017: The league stage encounters ended in a no result and win for Peshawar Zalmi. Quetta Gladiators though edged out their opponent in Qualifier 1 with another 1 run win but Peshawar Zalmi went on to get their revenge in the final to claim the title.

2018: The ongoing season saw both teams winning a game apiece in the two matches they featured.

Squads:

Peshawar Zalmi: Kamran Akmal (wk), Andre Fletcher, Riki Wessels, Mohammad Hafeez, Saad Nasim, Darren Sammy (captain), Liam Dawson, Umaid Asif, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Sameen Gul, Hammad Azam, Chris Jordan, Haris Sohail, Khushdil Shah, Ibtisam Sheikh, Khalid Usman, Mohammad Asghar, Tamim Iqbal, Sabbir Rahman

Quetta Gladiators: Asad Shafiq, Johnson Charles, Umar Amin, Rameez Raja, Rilee Rossouw, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk/captain), Mohammad Nawaz, Anwar Ali, Hasan Khan, Mir Hamza, Rahat Ali, Saad Ali, Saud Shakeel, Chris Green, Mahmudullah, Thisara Perera, Tom Kohler-Cadmore

Prediction: The absence of Shane Watson and Kevin Pietersen has disturbed the combination of Quetta Gladiators side and Peshawar Zalmi will be looking to capitalise on the advantage and move to the next stage. So, we predict a Peshawar Zalmi win and for all your latest online cricket betting tips on this PSL eliminator match preview Quetta Gladiators v Peshawar Zalmi please visit our section here PSL 2018

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