Last year’s runners-up, Peshawar Zalmi, start their 2019 Pakistan Super League campaign against Quetta Gladiators. The first phase of fixtures are all being played at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Scheduled for February 15, the live action begins at 21:00 local time.
PSZ vs QTG, PSL 2019: Where to watch/Live streaming
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PSZ vs QTG Toss Prediction
As with most games in the UAE, the tendency has always been to field first after winning the start in the short format.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators, PSL 2019.
Peshawar Zalmi Team News & Playing 11
PSZ Team News
Waqar Salamkheil’s unavailability means Andre Fletcher has come into the squad as an overseas player. They retained Wahab Riaz, Kamran Akmal and captain Darren Sammy from last year’s squad, among others and have added some eye-catching additions such as Kieron Pollard and Misbah-ul-Haq for this year's Pakistan Super League.
PSZ Key Players
Wahab Riaz was one of the leading wicket takers in last year’s competition with 18 in total and he arrives in great form having been in wicket-taking form to inspire Comilla Victorians upturn in form in the Bangladesh Premier League.
Kamran Akmal was the second highest run-scorer in last year’s competition, meanwhile, and he also arrives in good form having starred for Lahore Whites in the National T20 Cup. He scored 54, 28, 93 and 42 in his last four innings in that competition, with the latter the top score as the Whites won the final. Riaz claimed 1-26 from four overs in that same final.
Hasan Ali will lead the bowling attack with Riaz, meanwhile, fresh from his appearances for Pakistan against South Africa. He needs three more wickets to reach 100 in T20 cricket, having previously played 78 matches in the format.Captain Darren Sammy’s experience will be key too, meanwhile. He offers another option with bat and ball but has also led West Indies to World T20 victory as captain.
PSZ Team Form
Peshawar Zalmi finished third last season courtesy of two wins in their last two games and they then used that momentum as they beat Quetta Gladiators and Karachi Kings to reach the final. Going into the game on a run of four straight wins, they were blown away by Islamabad United, however. Restricted to 148/9 from their 20 overs, they could not defend it – losing by three wickets with 19 balls to spare.
Peshawar Zalmi Predicted Playing 11
Kamran Akmal, Andre Fletcher, Misbah Ul Haq, Sohaib Maqsood, Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy, Umar Amin, Khalid Usman, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Ibtisam Sheikh
Quetta Gladiators Team News & Playing 11
QTG Team News
Quetta Gladiators initially drafted 15-year-old bowler Naseem Shah but he has had to drop out through injury. Sunil Narine, Shane Watdson, Rilee Rossouw, Anwar Ali, Umar Akmal, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Nawaz and Sarfraz Ahmed were all on their retained list.
QTG Key Players
Anwar Ali almost pulled victory from the jaws of defeat in last year’s eliminator between Quetta and Peshawar. His 23 runs off the final over proved not quite enough but did showcase his big-hitting ability with the bat.
On the topic of big-hitting, Rilee Rossouw returns in top form after a string of fine performances for the Rangpur Riders in the Bangladesh Premier League. He scored 558 runs in the tournament – more than any other batsman – having hit five half-centuries and one unbeaten 100.
Sohail Tanvir was a late addition to the Sylhet Sixers’ line-up in that competition but still managed nine wickets in seven games – six of which came in his last three. He has 311 wickets in 308 T20 appearances.
Sunil Narine starred with bat and ball for Dhaka Dynamites, meanwhile, taking plenty of wickets and bowling with a consistently brilliant economy rate. He also chipped in with some useful runs and is capable of opening the batting and coming into the middle order.
QTG Team Form
Quetta Gladiators won five and drew five of their ten matches last season, finishing fourth in the league stage after losing their last two matches. That proved costly too, as they then lost to Peshawar Zalmi in the eliminator – despite Anwar Ali’s 23 runs from the final over, in a thrilling match which saw them finish on 156/9 in reply to Peshawar’s 157 all out.
Quetta Gladiators Predicted Playing 11
Sarfraz Ahmed, Shane Watson, Sunil Narine, Rilee Rossouw, Umar Akmal, Ahmed Shehzad, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Sohail Tanvir, Harry Gurney, Mohammad Asghar
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
PSZ : L W W W W
QTG : L L L W W
PSZ vs QTG Head to Head
Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators have met ten times in total, with Peshawar edging the head-to-head thanks to their play-off win last season. In total, they have won five of the ten meetings, while the Gladiators have won four and there has been one no result.
They each won one of the two league matches last season, but Peshawar claimed a thrilling win in the eliminator play-off. Batting first, Liam Dawson’s 62 from 35 balls helped them to 157 all out as Rahat Ali claimed 4-16 with the ball. In reply, Quetta needed 50 from the last six overs with six wickets remaining but found themselves 133/8 at the start of the final over. Incredibly, Anwar Ali hit a four off the first ball and then three sixes in the next four balls to leave them needing three to win off the final ball. From it, Ali was dropped at long on but Mir Hamza was run out attempting the second run that would have forced a super over – the Gladiators finishing on 156/9.
Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators Betting Odds
Quetta Gladiators start as favourites for this match with the bookmakers, with Bet365 offering 1.72 on a Gladiators win and Betway 1.70. Bet365 have priced Peshawar Zalmi at 2.10 and Betway have them at 2.05 to win.
The Gladiators do boast a lot of batting firepower, including in-form Rilee Rossouw, who is generously 7.50 to be the top batsman after his superb form in the Bangladesh Premier League.
Peshawar Zalmi will need runs at the top of the order looking at their likely batting line-up, but they are 1.90 to post the highest opening partnership with Betway (Quetta are 1.80). Should they do so, they could claim another thrilling win in this fixture.
Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators Prediction
Peshawar Zalmi finished runners-up last season but have retained the services of Kamran Akmal and Wahab Riaz, who starred with bat and ball in last season’s tournament. They can upset the odds and start this year’s with a win.
Back Peshawar Zalmi to beat Quetta Gladiators at 2.10 with Bet365 and 2.05 with Betway