The defending champions of the Pakistan Super League, Peshawar Zalmi, haven’t had the best of starts to the third season of the league (PSL 2018), winning one and losing two of their starting games. Their next assignment will be against Quetta Gladiators, who Peshawar Zalmi had managed to defeat in last year’s PSL final. Both these teams have quite a nice lot of T20 stars in them, including the likes Dwayne Bravo, Chris Jordan, Kevin Pietersen and Shane Watson. Here, we look at the preview for Quetta Gladiators vs Peshawar Zalmi clash of PSL 2018; stats and predicted XI line-ups, which will take place at Sharjah on 1st March at 9 PM (IST).
Both Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators are quite evenly matched and the result of this match could come down to individual performances. Peshawar Gladiators who lost their opening league match returned to winning way with a brilliant performance against the Lahore Qalandars. Along with some of more the destructive batsmen in the world, both the teams also have an array of talent in the bowling department as well. A high by either team in the 1st innings could make life very hard for the team batting second.[READ: Everything you need to know about Pakistan Super League 2018]
For Peshawar, the majority of the hope lies with the top 4. The quartet is loaded with power-hitters who if in form can destroy any bowling line-up in the world. Gladiators will be looking to pick early wickets in order to put Zalmi’s inexperienced middle-order under pressure.
Stats for Quetta Gladiators vs Peshawar Zalmi
Peshawar Zalmi are the current defending champions of Pakistan Super League following their victory over Quetta Gladiators in last seasons final.
Kamran Akmal was the leading run-scorer in PSL season 2 with 353 runs in 11 innings.
In their 7 matches against Peshawar Zalmi, Quetta Gladiators have won 3 and lost 3, while one match was abandoned.
Peshawar Zalmi bowler Wahab Riaz is the leading wicket-taker in PSL history with 33 wickets to his name in just 22 matches.
Quetta Gladiators hold the record for the highest innings total in PSL history – 203/8, while Peshawar’s highest innings total is 199/9.
Quetta Gladiators vs Peshawar Zalmi Predicted XI
Quetta Gladiators Starting XI – Shane Watson, Kevin Pietersen, Sarfraz Ahmed (c & wk), Anwar Ali, Umar Amin, Rilee Rossouw, Asad Shafiq, Rahat Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Khan, Jofra Archer
Peshawar Zalmi Starting XI – Kamran Akmal (wk), Darren Sammy (c), Dwayne Smith, Mohammad Hafeez, Tamim Iqbal, Wahab Riaz, Chris Jordan, Haris Sohail, Umaid Asif, Mohammad Asghar, Ibtisam Sheikh