Pakistan Super League has now entered the final stage and Quetta Gladiators will take on Peshawar Zalmi in the first playoff in Sharjah. Peshawar Zalmi are heading the points table of PSL and Gladiators are ranked second. The winner of this contest will book a berth in PSL final, which is to be held in Lahore. While the loser of this game will play against the winner of Karachi Kings and Islamabad United’s match for a place in final.
Quetta Gladiators have looked extremely solid throughout the tournament, however, they have lost their momentum a bit in the last couple of games of group stage. They lost a won battle to Islamabad United by 1 run and then Shahid Afridi single handedly took the last game of the league away from Gladiators that pushed them to second spot.
Quetta and Peshawar have come head to head twice in the tournament, their first encounter was ended up in no-result due to rain, whereas the Zalmi stood victorious in the second one.
The runner ups of the inaugural edition of the league, Quetta Gladiators will be hoping to at least repeat their PSL 2016 feat. On the other hand, Peshawar Zalmi will be looking make into the final in this edition of league. In the first season, they lost the first playoff against Quetta Gladiators and then they were also knocked down by Islamabad United in the knockout game.
Peshawar Zalmi will be playing without their Bangladeshi duo of Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan, which means they have to tweak their winning combination. As a result, the struggling Mohammad Hafeez might have to open the inning for Zalmis once again.
Quetta Gladiators will also miss Umar Gul, who is out of action due to a fractured left hand, he was hit by a quick delivery of Wahab Riaz in their previous face off. Anwar Ali, the regular component of Gladiators’ line up, is likely to make a comeback.
Despite of Peshawar Zalmi’s win against Quetta Gladiators in their last meeting, the Sarfraz Ahmed led team still look firmer. They have got in-form opening pair of Ahmed Shehzad and Asad Shafiq, with the destructive Kevin Pietersen and Riley Russow to follow. Then they have Thisara Parera and the skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, who are very good at finishing games.
On the other hand, Peshawar Zalmi’s openers have not clicked so far in the league. Moreover, their middle-order has been struggling miserably since Eion Morgan left the team for national duty. The pleasant aspect for the Men in Yellow is that their veteran allrounder, Shahid Afridi seems to have gain his batting form, which is not a good news for any opponent.
The two sides have extremely talented individuals and they are very much capable of putting up a breathtaking show. The game will start at 9 PM (PST).