Zalmi, Gladiators to lock horns in crucial PSL 5 fixture in Rawalpindi


Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi are up for a crucial Pakistan Super League (PSL) fixture at Pindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi as both the team are eager to come back on the winning ways.

Both the teams are coming with a defeat in this match whereas it is also expected that the match will be interrupted or washed out due to persistent rain in Rawalpindi.

Gladiators started their campaign with three wins in four matches but have lost consecutive matches which have slipped them to the fourth spot in the competition. Zalmi, on the other hand, lost to Karachi Kings and their match against Islamabad United got abandoned due to rain. They are at the number fifth spot with two wins and in six matches.

Zalmi defeated Gladiators convincingly at National Stadium in Karachi courtesy Kamran Akmal’s third PSL century. However, Kamran has not fired after that innings which has affected Zalmi’s batting performance as they are not putting big scores on the board. It will be intriguing to see Shoaib Malik, who rescued his side against Kings after a collapse at the top along with Lewis Gregory, who has been a great addition in the Zalmi squad as he provides stability in the playing XI.

Darren Sammy will most likely make a comeback after he decided to rest in the last match. Wahab Riaz served the captaincy role in place of him.

Sarfaraz Ahmed-led Quetta will be eyeing to take the revenge from the Zalmi but for this there batting has to perform collectively. Jason Roy has been the top performer with the bat until now whereas Shane Watson played one big inning of 80 against Sultans.

The defending champions bowling has not also delivered up to the expectations as they have given 180+ runs on the previous three occasions in the competition. Mohammad Hasnain is the leading wicket with 10 wickets but is not getting valuable support from other bowlers.

The fans are expecting a thriller which has always been witnessed when both sides meet. The match will begin at 7.00 pm.