Peshawar Zalmi will take on Quetta Gladiators in the first qualifier match of the Pakistan Super League at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on February 19th. Here’re the latest Peshawar Zalmi v Quetta Gladiators betting tips in this PSL encounter.
Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators have proven to be the two strongest teams in the league. Being the top two sides, their two previous encounters in the group stage have ended in a win each for them.
They first met in the phase 1 in Dubai; where Zalmi were made to bat first and moved on to set 135 runs for seven wickets. Gladiators chased this target down, but they had a hard time doing it, as they too ended up losing seven wickets.
The second match was along the similar lines, where Gladiators batted first. This time too, the total was a relatively low, owing to Shahid Afridi’s brilliant hat-trick for Peshawar. With stats 5/7, they restricted their opponents to 129 runs. Needless to mention, Zalmi won this game comfortably.
Their performance in the league has been quite impressive, seeing that both the teams have won six games each. For Peshawar Zalmi, their key overseas players have been Shaun Tait and Tamim Iqbal, who have played a crucial role in getting their team here. However, with Iqbal leaving the squad now, it will be interesting to see how Andy Flower solves the batting order dilemma.
As for Quetta Gladiators, Afridi’s experience as a captain for the national team has certainly benefitted the team. Moreover in the bowling department, Mohammad Nawaz and Grant Elliott have done a terrific job, having created troubles for the opposing batsmen.
In their previous fixture against Lahore Qalandars, Vivian Richards gave a chance to Kumar Sangakkara, who managed to play a decent innings. With a player like this in the line-up, Quetta Gladiators are certainly a force to be reckoned with.However, considering that Peshawar Zalmi have a more complete squad with an excellent captain; this game can very well go either way. With the winner to be pushed directly into the finals, the stakes are certainly high here.
Peshawar Zalmi v Quetta Gladiators betting tips:
Peshawar Zalmi to win
The Peshawar Zalmi v Quetta Gladiators PSL match will be played at 21:00 hrs local time on February 19th.