Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators, June 12, PSL 2021 Match Prediction
Match: Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators
Date: 12 June 2021
Place (venue): Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Tournament: Pakistan Super League 2021
Format: Twenty20 match
Caption: Can Sarfaraz Ahmed put an end to Quetta Gladiators’ struggle and convert this match into a win?
- While both the teams have won the PSL title once, Quetta Gladiators haven’t been able to perform up to expectations. Gladiators have played 5 matches and have managed to win only one. On the other hand, it has been an interesting tournament for Peshawar Zalmi. Zalmi is one of the contenders to win the PSL trophy this season.
- Saqib Mahmood and Wahab Riaz have proved to be the best duo of bowlers for Peshawar Zalmi in this tournament. Sarfaraz Ahmed is the leading run-scorer for Quetta Gladiators this season.
- Out of the past five head-to-head matches between Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators, Zalmi have won three while Gladiators have won two matches.
Peshawar Zalmi will enter a head-to-head contest against Quetta Gladiators in the 19th match of the Pakistan Super League on 12 June 2021. This match will be played at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. Both teams have played their previous match at the same venue. Peshawar Zalmi have been performing well in this tournament, while Gladiators are yet to gain any significant lead. If Quetta Gladiators want to keep their hopes for playoffs alive, they will have to win every match from here on. It will be interesting to see what new strategies Quetta use in this do-or-die match to counter Peshawar Zalmi.
The bowling duo of Saqib Mahmood and Wahab Riaz has been fetching regular wickets for Zalmi. Sarfaraz Ahmed has consistently scored runs for Quetta Gladiators, he is currently ranked 5th among the PSL’s leading run-scorers this season.
Peshawar Zalmi Preview
This one-time champion team have performed well until now in this tournament. The bowling form of the team has made them one of the strongest contenders for the Pakistan Super League trophy this season. This team have a perfect combination of experience and young talent. Two of the top five leading wicket-takers in this tournament are from Peshawar Zalmi.
The batting unit of this team consists of talented and experienced batsmen like Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Imam-ul-Haq. These batsmen have the capability to anchor the innings for Zalmi and also score quick runs if required. Sherfane Rutherford and Haider Ali are the power hitters in this team. However, even with this star-studded batting unit Peshawar Zalmi have struggled in the batting department.
The two key players for Peshawar Zalmi in this tournament are Saqib Mahmood and Wahab Riaz. Saqib is the leading wicket-taker in this tournament so far. The spin attack is led by Mujeeb Ur Rahman. The presence of Mohammad Imran and Mohammad Irfan has increased the bowling strength of this team.
Top players for Peshawar Zalmi:
Peshawar Zalmi’s Playing XI:
Imam-ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal (wk), Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Sherfane Rutherford, Shoaib Malik, Haider Ali, Wahab Riaz (c), Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Saqib Mahmood, Mohammad Imran, Mohammad Irfan.
Quetta Gladiators Preview
Quetta Gladiators have been inconsistent with their performance in the tournament so far. They have played five matches and have managed to win only one. Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has been scoring runs for the team, but the team have failed to execute their plans on the ground.
Quetta Gladiators’ batting unit consists of many power hitters, Chris Gayle, Tom Banton and Ben Cutting. Tom Banton and Siam Ayub form the opening pair for Gladiators. Chris Gayle, Sarfaraz Ahmed and Azam Khan form the middle order in this batting unit. Ben Cutting and Mohammad Nawaz can contribute with both bat and ball, their presence in the batting unit increases the depth of batsmen for Gladiators.
This team has a weak spot when it comes to the bowling department. The absence of an experienced bowler in this team has affected their overall bowling performance. Mohammad Hasnain and Zahid Mahmood lead the bowling attack for Gladiators. Usman Shinwari and Mohammad Nawaz add to the strength of this bowling unit.
Key players for Quetta Gladiators:
Quetta Gladiators’ Probable Playing XI:
Tom Banton, Saim Ayub, Chris Gayle, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Azam Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Ben Cutting, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Hasnain, Usman Shinwari, Zahid Mahmood.
This match will be played at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. This venue favours the team batting in the second innings. The pitch here gives an advantage to the bowlers, therefore, this match will be a low-scoring one.
Whichever team win the toss might want to choose to bowl first as scoring runs becomes easier in a game’s later stages.
Pitch and Weather Report
The weather will be hot and humid. The ground temperature will be between 34 °C and 29 °C at its highest and lowest points.
Quetta Gladiators have a weak bowling unit as compared to Peshawar Zalmi. The venue favours the team with a good bowling attack. Quetta Gladiators will have to execute their plans accurately to defeat Peshawar Zalmi in this contest.
We predict that Peshawar Zalmi will defeat Quetta Gladiators.
Disclaimer: Our match previews are fully researched but as per the nature of the game, anything is possible on the match day. You are advised to decide for yourself when betting on a team. Thanks.