HBL PSL Qualifier: Quetta, Peshawar set for another exhilarating contest
Quetta Gladiators and one-time champions Peshawar Zalmi will square-off in the Qualifier of the HBL Pakistan Super League 2019 at the National Stadium in Karachi on Wednesday, March 13.
Driven by Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed, Quetta have wrapped sprinter up in 2016 and 2017, while Peshawar outlived them in the third against fourth Eliminator in 2018. Curiously, every time the edge of triumph was one-run.
This demonstrates no group is prepared to surrender until the last-keep running as the champ will include in the rat March 17 last.
The losing side will have another chance to fit the bill for the last when they will meet the victor of Thursday’s Eliminator between Karachi Kings and Islamabad United on Friday.
The Quetta-Peshawar contention started in 2016 when both the sides shared a match each in the first round, before Gladiators won the war of Qualifier when medium-pacer Aizaz Cheema took two wickets and yielded a solitary off the last-ball as Peshawar neglected to pursue down a little focus of 134 runs.
Peshawar won one of the class coordinates in 2017, while the other was drizzled off in Sharjah before another Qualifier went to Quetta, this time too Peshawar missing the mark by one-keep running in quest for a 201-run target.
Yet, Peshawar had the last giggle, securing the last and the title with a major 58-run triumph against an exhausted Quetta, who were without their best remote players.
They again shared an alliance coordinate each in 2018, preceding Peshawar grabbed triumph from the jaws of annihilation by one-keep running in the Eliminator in Lahore.
This year Quetta has an edge, winning both their class diversions by six and eight-wicket edges, separately leaving the straight on to support them with six successes, five annihilations and one no-result in 12 challenges.
Players to keep an eye out for
Quetta increase in an exceptionally solid batting line-up with Shane Watson over the run diagrams with 352 of every 10 matches. The previous Australia all-rounder will want to make his first visit to Pakistan for HBL PSL critical in the last round with huge scores.
Umar Akmal (255 runs), Ahmed Shehzad (252) and Rile Rossouw (245) make the best request solid, while Sarfaraz, Bravo, Anwar and Mohammad Nawaz make the center and lower-request considerable.
Quetta bowling is driven by ever-green Twenty20 globe-trotter Sohail Tanvir who has 15 wickets while spinner Nawaz has 11. The recently rose (likewise chose for Pakistan against Australia for ODIs) Mohammad Hasnain remains a danger with his speed.
Peshawar will be cheerful at the arrival to type of Kamran Akmal who crushed a 48-ball 86 against Karachi in the last class amusement, while Imamul Haq, Liam Dawson, Darren Sammy and Kieron Pollard can likewise be relied upon when required.
Peshawar’s pace assault is their solid point as it can present enormous test for Quetta’s batting. Hasan Ali drives the wicket graph with 21 wickets in 10 recreations and is capably supplemented by Wahab Riaz (13 wickets), Sameen Gul (nine), Umaid Asif (seven) and Tymal Mills (five).
The contribute Karachi has so far ended up being, pretty much, batsmen’s heaven with high-scoring experiences, amid the Pakistan leg of HBL PSL matches.
Of the four matches played for the current year, thrice the group batting originally posted an aggregate more than 190.
Peshawar Zalmi: Kamran Akmal, Imamul Haq, Umar Amin, Sohaib Maqsood, Liam Dawson, Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Sameen Gul and Tymal Mills.
Quetta Gladiators: Shane Watson, Ahmed Shehzad, Rilee Rossouw, Umar Akmal, Dwayne Bravo, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Hasnain, Fawad Ahmed and Sohail Tanvir.