Pakistan Super League 2021 Match 19
Quetta Gladiators vs Peshawar Zalmi – June 12th
CAN PZ MAKE A COMEBACK?
The Peshawar Zalmi had a bad match with both ball and bat against the Lahore Qalandars. Bowling first, they admitted 170 runs as Tim David played an exceptional knock of 64 not out in 36 balls. Fabian Allen took two wickets for Peshawar Zalmi but yielded 36 runs in three overs. Mohammad Irfan went at a run-a-ball but got only one wicket.
Shoaib Malik made a brilliant 73 off 48 balls. Nevertheless, it was a one-man struggle as the Peshawar Zalmi handled only 160 for 8 in their 20 overs. Their batting collapsed at the hands of Rashid Khan, who took 5 for 20.
Possible playing XI: Kamran Akmal, Fabian Allen, David Miller, Rovman Powell, Sherfane Rutherford, Wahab Riaz (C), Umaid Asif, Mohammad Imran, Haider Ali, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Irfan.
For the Quetta Gladiators, this will be the second game in as many days. They first encountered Islamabad United on Friday before taking on the Peshawar Zalmi a day later. The Quetta Gladiators won only one of the PSL 2021 faces held in Pakistan, so they would be eager to turn things around.
Quetta Gladiators, in the meantime, are entrenched to the bottom of the PSL table at the time of writing. Nevertheless, they are one of the more well-composed teams in the contest, with Azam Khan and Andre Russell in the middle-order. With a young bowling line-up in place, the Gladiators will be looking to stay interested in PSL 2021 with a vital victory. All in all, a cracking PSL match summons with two precious points up for grabs on Saturday.
Possible playing XI: Usman Khan, Andre Russell, Cameron Delport, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Azam Khan, Jack Wildermuth, Mohammad Nawaz, Faf du Plessis, Saim Ayub, Zahid Mahmood, Mohammad Hasnain.
The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:
The last two matches have seen sides batting first winning. The Lahore Qalandars and the Multan Sultans both notched in the zone of 170 and upheld their respective targets magnificently. Spin bowlers have relished bowling in Abu Dhabi. Lahore Qalandars’ Rashid Khan was extraordinary against the Peshawar Zalmi as he took a five-wicket haul. Sides may perhaps look to bat first.
The Quetta Gladiators had a feeble move in PSL 2021 back in Pakistan. But this is like a fresh beginning all over again. The Peshawar Zalmi would be upset with their loss in the prior game and will be eager to make returns. A close game is on the cards, with the Gladiators conceivably having the advantage.
However, we see that the sportsbooks rate Peshawari Zalmi as the favourites at the pre-match odds of 1.71, while Quetta trail at the odds of 2.15. We strongly believe, Quetta can upset these odds in no time. Thus, waiting for the toss before placing bets can be wise.