The first finalist of the Pakistan Super League season four will be decided tonight as Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi will play the qualifier match in National Stadium Karachi at 7 pm.
On Monday, Zalmi defeated Karachi Kings in their backyard by 61 runs defending 204 runs and topped the points table. While the Gladiators is currently at the second spot in the points table with 14 points to its name.
Both the teams have won seven games out of ten in the tournament so far. Quetta Gladiators had brushed aside Peshawar Zalmi in both league matches of this year’s edition. They won their first match by six wickets at Dubai on February 15 and the second by eight wickets at Abu Dhabi on March 4.
It is pertinent to mention here that both the teams have formidable sides with local and international players. In the batting order, in-form openers Kamran Akmal and Imam-ul-Haq have been the key for Zalmi with their consistency at the top, while Gladiators’ star Shane Watson along with Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad are the biggest threat to Peshawar’s bowling.
On the bowling side, Peshawar Zalmi bowling is considered to be the strongest among all teams with the paceman Hasan Ali leading the charge with 21 tickets in the tournament so far. He is backed with Wahab Riaz who has been a key to the side in the bowling department and have picked up 13 wickets respectively.
On the other hand, Quetta has also a balanced bowling line-up with Sohail Tanvir, Muhammad Hasnain and Muhammad Nawaz.
The winner of today’s match will directly go to the final to be held on March 17 at Karachi. The loser will get another chance to qualify for the finals as they take on the winner of the first Eliminator at Karachi on March 15.
Peshawar Zalmi: Darren Sammy (captain), Kamran Akmal (wk), Imam-ul-Haq, Kieron Pollard, Misbah-ul-Haq, Liam Dawson, Umar Amin, Sohaib Maqsood, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Umaid Asif, Sameen Gul, Ibtisam Sheikh, Dawid Malan, Chris Jordan.
Quetta Gladiators: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain & wk), Shane Watson, Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal, Rilee Rossouw, Dwayne Smith, Ahsan Ali, Sohail Tanvir, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Ghulam Mudassar, Mohammad Irfan, Fawad Ahmed, Mohammad Asghar, Saud Shakeel.