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PSL 7: Quetta Gladiators vs Peshawar Zalmi - Preview - Quetta Gladiators seek redemption after forgettable outing last season

While Peshawar Zalmi made it to the final in the previous edition, the Quetta Gladiators finished at the bottom of the table

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As the much-awaited Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2022 is finally here, the second match is all set to take place between Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi. As both sides begin their PSL 7 campaign with this game, both would want to win this game and thus, start their campaign on a positive note.

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While Zalmi made it to the final in the previous edition, the Gladiators finished at the bottom of the table during the sixth edition of the league. They had only won two games in 2021. Thus, they would want to get things right for them this time around.

Besides, with the likes of Iftikar Ahmed, Umar Akmal and Shimron Hetmyer, the Sarfraz-led side can go on to chase any tough total. Moreover, their team consists of several run-away match-winners. When it comes to their bowling, the Gladiators have experienced players like James Faulkner and Sohail Tanvir, as well as a mixture of young blood, in the form of Mohammad Hasnain and Naseem Shah.

As for Peshawar, their batting consists of explosive players such as Hazratullah Zazai, Kamran Akmal and Sherfane Rutherford. They also have the experienced Shoaib Malik, who is expected to bat for them in the middle-order. As far as their bowling is concerned, Usman Qadir is expected to play a huge role for them this time around. Thus Friday, promises to be a cracker of a contest. However, it is to be noted that they will be without the services of their skipper Wahab Riaz as he was tested positive for COVID-19.

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Pitch Report:

As the match is going to take place in Karachi, it is expected to be a high-scoring affair. Although the National Stadium is a batting paradise, the ball tends to hold on a bit early on. Thus, the top-order batters need to bat with a little caution. Hence, the middle overs are going to be very crucial.

Probable XIs

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Quetta Gladiators:

Daniel Lawrence, Ben Duckett, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Iftikar Ahmed, Umar Akmal, Shimron Hetmyer, James Faulkner, Mohammad Nawaz, Sohail Tanvir, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Hasnain

Peshawar Zalmi:

Kamran Akmal (wk), Haider Ali, Hazratullah Zazai, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Shoaib Malik, Hussain Talat, Sherfane Rutherford, Usman Qadir, Sohail Khan, Sameen Gul, Mohammad Umar

Quetta Gladiators vs Peshawar Zalmi head-to-head

Matches-17, Peshawar Zalmi-9, Quetta Gladiators-8, N/R-0

Match Details:

Quetta Gladiators vs Peshawar Zalmi, Match 2

Venue: National Stadium, Karachi

Date & Time: January 28th at 7:30 PM IST and 7:00 PM Local Time

Where to Watch: Sony Sports network

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