PSL 2018 – Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators Preview

When? Tuesday 20th March

Where? Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

Weather? Warm temperatures of 26-28c but chances of rain in late afternoon

What channel is it on? Prime TV

Where can I stream the match? Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators can be streamed online via http://www.primetv.tv/watch_live.html

Are tickets still available? Ticket information for all PSL 2018 fixtures can be found on https://www.q-tickets.com/psl2018/eventslist.aspx

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Quetta Gladiators W4, Peshawar Zalmi W3, No result 1

PESHAWAR ZALMI

Coach: Mohammad Akram

Captain: Darren Sammy

  • The defending champions showed all their experience and nous in reaching the play-offs by winning their final two matches to leapfrog the Multan Sultans and reach the knockout round as they bid to defend the trophy.
  • Despite some big name overseas players refusing to travel and play in the play-offs with the games being played in Pakistan now, Zalmi’s key men have all travelled with Sammy, Fletcher, Wessels, Dawson and Jordan all making the trip.
  • They are also boosted by the return of Tamim Iqbal after international duty with Bangladesh and he will be a vital player for them so it may be Wessels who makes way for him after his good form in the tri-series with India and Sri Lanka.

QUETTA GLADIATORS

Coach: Moin Khan

Captain: Sarfraz Ahmed

  • The Gladiators were one of the best teams in the group stage thanks to some tremendous batting especially but they are decimated by some of their key international players refusing to travel and play in Pakistan.
  • Kevin Pietersen played his final cricket match in the loss to Islamabad United as he has now retired from all forms of cricket, while Shane Watson, Ben Laughlin and Jason Roy have also not travelled to the country, leaving their top order especially weak as their top three batsman will not be available.
  • They have signed West Indian opener Johnson Charles and Yorkshire batsman Tom Kohler Cadmore while they can also count on Sri Lankan captain Thisara Perera and Bangledeshi all-rounder Mahmudullah, but it will be difficult for them to get up to speed immediately.

PREDICTION
These two teams have shared a win apiece in their two meetings this season but it is the Quetta Gladiators who could take more positives from the group stage. That said, they have lost some key players in Pietersen, Roy and Watson, with the Australian especially difficult to replace with bat and ball. Although they are moving to a different country and pitch that may be an equaliser to some degree, the fact that Zalmi have the cohesion in their team and have won their last couple of games should give them the edge here.