After losing their first match to Lahore Qalandars, Peshawar Zalmi put a strong show against Multan Sultan to pocket an impressive 6 wicket victory. The target was a daunting one and against a quality bowling attack, this wasn’t the easing thing to achieve. However, they made a mockery of the target and cruised to a victory with an over to spare. Every batsmen that stepped out bat scored runs for them. This is a sign of a very good team.
Peshawar Zalmi has a good blend of youth and experience. Players like Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Wahab Riaz, Imam ul Haq, Haider Ali, Tom Kohler Cadmore forms an solid batting order. Their bowling line up can be hot and cold though. Wahab Riaz, Mohammed Imran, Mohammed Irfan, Mujeeb ur Rahman can be lethal but inconsistent.
Quetta Gladiators have lost both their matches and desperately need a win to revive their tournament. Quetta have some good players in their tank but apart from Gayle, none of the batsmen have batted well in the two matches. It’s still too early to judge their form but one thing is for sure that Peshawar’s bowling won’t make it easy for their batsmen. They need to be at the top of their game to compete.
Chris Gayle – Chris Gayle is one of the most destructive batsmen in this format of the game. On his day, he’s a nightmare for the bowlers. He has two good starts but hasn’t kicked on to get a big one. We know what Gayle is capable of and we think that a big inning is just around the corner.
Imam ul Haq – Imam ul Haq batted well in the last game. Chasing 196 was not easy but Haq set the tone for the chase with a blistering 48. He’s technically very sound and we can expect another good inning from him in the next match
Shoaib Malik – Shoaib Malik has tons of experience in this format of the game. He’s a batman that can steady the ship in case of a collapse or can turn on the beast mode and decimate a bowling line up. He’s a batsman that plays according to the situation thus is very crucial for Quetta Gladiators.
Peshwar Zalmi probable XI: Imam-ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal (wk), Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Shoaib Malik, Haider Ali, Sherfane Rutherford, Wahab Riaz (c), Saqib Mahmood, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Imran
Quetta Gladiators probable XI: bTom Banton, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Chris Gayle, Saim Ayub, Azam Khan, Ben Cutting, Mohammad Nawaz, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Hasnain, Usman Shinwari, Zahid Mahmood