Cricket match date: 17th March 2019
Cricket match time: 07:30 pm IST
Cricket match location: National Stadium, Karachi
Cricket Match format: T20
Tournament: Pakistan Super League
Team A: Quetta Gladiators
Team B: Peshawar Zalmi
Team A Captain: Sarfraz Ahmed
Team B Captain: Darren Sammy
Cricket Match Preview:
Peshawar Zalmi have reached another final of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). They have already won the tournament once before when they beat their opponent of this year Quetta Gladiators back in 2017. While they will be looking to repeat their feat, Quetta Gladiators will be looking to win their first title this year.
In this tournament, Quetta Gladiators have been hands down the best team while Peshawar Zalmi have been the close second. This was even apparent in the first qualifier played between the two sides a few days back, where Quetta emerged victorious by 10 runs. Quetta Gladiators have a distinct advantage over Peshawar Zalmi in the batting department due to the presence of Shane Watson, Umar Akmal and Riley Russouw in their lineup.
Peshawar Zalmi, on the other hand, have an advantage over Quetta Gladiators in the bowling department. Peshawar Zalmi have in their lineup Wahab Riaz and Hasan Ali, who are two international bowlers, and that could be the key in the cricket format, where bowlers tend to win the games of cricket for the teams.
Quetta Gladiators do not have any apparent weaknesses. However, their loss against Karachi Kings will haunt them. They needed just three runs to win the cricket game but failed to win it against the bowling of Usman Shinwari. They will have to guard against such kind of choke if they are to win the first PSL title.
Peshawar Zalmi have had to go through the hard way to reach the final after losing the qualifier against Quetta Gladiators. They beat Karachi Kings and Islamabad United to set up the meeting with Quetta Gladiators again. Peshawar Zalmi perhaps played their best cricket game against Islamabad United in the last cricket game. They scored 214 runs after being sent to bat first. They defended their total easily and Islamabad never looked like chasing the total down.
It is going to be fascinating to see how Quetta’s hard-hitting batsmen fare against the skilled bowling lineup of Peshawar.
Cricket Match Information:
Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi will take on each other for the fourth time in this year’s PSL. So far, Quetta have emerged as winners on all the three occasions against Peshawar Zalmi and if they can make it to the fourth time, they will win the PSL title. Peshawar Zalmi will have second thoughts about it and would want to be fourth time lucky.
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
Quetta Gladiators will be led by Pakistan’s skipper Sarfraz Ahmed. They have made it to their second final of the tournament. Our prediction is of the same playing eleven that played in their last cricket game.
Here is our prediction of Quetta Gladiators’ playing XI:
- Shane Watson
- Ahmed Shehzad
- Riley Russouw
- Umar Akmal
- Fawad Ahmed
- Sohail Tanveer
- Ahsan Ali
- Mohammad Hasnain
- Mohammad Nawaz
- DJ Bravo
- Sarfraz Ahmed
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
Peshawar Zalmi will be led by Darren Sammy in the final of this cricket tournament. Peshawar Zalmi had a fantastic win in their last cricket game against Islamabad United. Our prediction is of the same side that played in their last cricket game.
Here is our prediction of Peshawar Zalmi’s playing XI:
- Kamran Akmal
- Umar Amin
- Shoaib Maqsood
- Keiron Pollard
- Chris Jordan
- DJ Sammy
- Wahab Razi
- Hasan Ali
- Nabi Gul
- TS Mills
Cricket Statistics and Prediction:
Chris Jordan had a good cricket game for Peshawar Zalmi against Islamabad United. He also had a fantastic series against West Indies in the Caribbean Islands. With pitch likely to assist the batsmen in the final cricket game, a bowler like Jordan is of great value. Our prediction is of a good performance from him in this cricket game.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
With short boundaries and great pitch to bat on, our prediction is of a score of around 200 runs in this cricket game from both teams. Conditions are expected to be dry.
Quetta Gladiators will begin this game of cricket as slight favourites. They have reached the final by winning the qualifier against Peshawar Zalmi. Our prediction is of Quetta’s victory in the final of this year’s PSL.
Top Batsman (Prediction):
Shane Watson (QG) – 50+ runs
Top Bowler (Prediction):
Chris Jordan (PZ) – 2 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
Shane Watson (QG)
Quetta Gladiators – 1.74
Peshawar Zalmi – 1.90
*odds may change anytime