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The match, scheduled at Karachi’s National Stadium, will start at 7 pm PST.
This will be an important face-off for Quetta Gladiators, as they would look to kick off the tournament on a winning note after consecutive failures in the last two seasons. A win against the finalists of the last season will definitely work as a booster shot for Sarfaraz-led men.
Like many other franchises, the Gladiators have undergone an overhaul, and have inducted the missing firepower, and the depth in batting and bowling departments to look good on paper. They, led by aggressive captain, Sarfaraz, have better chances of turning their fortune around this year.
If we take a look at their squad, Quetta have strengthened their batting lineup with the induction of Ben Dunk, Iftikhar Ahmed, Dan Lawrence, Shimron Hetmyr, James Vince, and Jason Roy. Then, they have a senior in Sohail Tanveer to lead the pace attack that includes Mohammad Hasnain, and Naseem Shah.
Then they have James Faulkner and Shahid Afridi to strengthen the all-rounder’s department. The spin department, on the other hand, looks well-settled with the presence of tried-and-tested Mohammad Nawaz, and the newcomer, Noor Ahmed.
On paper, Sarfaraz and company have all basis covered. However, it will be important for them to go out and execute the plans on the field – something that they failed in during the previous two seasons.
Peshawar, on the flip side, are one of the most disturbed franchises due to the Covid-19 at this moment. Five of their key players, including skipper, Wahab Riaz, openers Hazratullah Zazai, Kamran Akmal and top-order batter, Haider Ali are down with the Covid-19. While the skipper might recover before and rejoin the side after tomorrow’s encounter, the other players are most likely to miss at least three next matches against Quetta, Islamabad United and Lahore Qalandars.
In Wahab’s absence, senior pro, Shoaib Malik is expected to lead the side tomorrow against Gladiators. Despite the absence of their main players, Zalmi still have the likes of Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Sherfane Ratherford, Mat Parkinson, and Ben Cutting to rely on. From domestic recruits, they still have the services of Malik, wicketkeeper-batter, Mohammad Haris, all-rounder Salman Irshad, fast bowlers Samin Gul, and Sohail Khan at their disposal.
Head to Head
Overall, the two sides have played 16 matches in the tournament so far, and have won eight each. They last faced each other at the same venue on Feb 26, 2021, and Peshawar won the game by 3 Wickets
Peshawar Zalmi final squad: Hazratulah Zazai, Liam Livingstone, Wahab Riaz , Haider Ali, Sherfane Rutherford, Shoaib Malik, Hussain Talat Saqib Mahmood, Usman Qadir, Arshad Iqbal, Kamran Akmal, Salman Irshad, Sameen Gul, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Mohammad Aamer, Sirajuddin , Ben Cutting and Mohammad Haris.
Quetta Gladiators Squad: James Vince, Jason Roy, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Iftikhar Ahmed, James Faulkner, Mohammad Nawaz, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain, Naseem Shah, Ben Duckett, Khurram Shehzad, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Akmal, Abdul Wahid Bangalzai, Ashar Qureshi, Ahsan Ali and Noor Ahmed.
Peshawar Zalmi v Quetta Gladiators Match Prediction
Quetta Gladiators have their full-strength squad available for tomorrow’s game, barring star all-rounder Shahid Khan Afridi, who is out with the Covid-19. On the other hand, Peshawar have 6 members of their team infected and out from the next few games. Their entire top order, including Akmal, Zazai, and Haider is infected and out of the match. Therefore, a B Team of Zalmi does not look poised to win tomorrow.
Prediction: Quetta Gladiators to win this encounter.
Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators Match Details
Match: Quetta Gladiators vs Peshawar Zalmi, Match 2
Date and Time: Friday, January 28, 2022,
Match Timing: 07:00 PM (PST); 07:30 PM (IST); 03:00 PM (GMT)
Venue: National Stadium, Karachi
Quetta Gladiators vs Peshawar Zalmi Pitch Report
The wicket at the National Stadium has dual nature. It assists fast bowlers early in the innings and slows down to help spinners in the later part. However, the ball comes on the bat and the wicket remains helpful for batters if they play cautiously.
Quetta Gladiators vs Peshawar Zalmi Weather Forecast
Temperatures in Karachi are likely to range between 14 and 24 degrees Celsius. We expect a full game as there is no rain predicted tomorrow.
Quetta Gladiators vs Peshawar Zalmi Likely XIs
Will Smeed, Ahsan Ali, Shimron Hetmyer, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Nawaz, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), James Faulkner, Mohammad Hasnain, Naseem Shah, Sohail Tanvir, Ghulam Mudassar
Mohammad Harif, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Shoaib Malik (c), Sherfane Rutherford, Hussain Talat, Ben Cutting, Usman Qadir, Sameen Gul, Salman Irshad, Sirajuddin, Ben Cutting
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