Quetta Gladiators (QTG) vs Peshawar Zalmi (PSZ), Final PSL 17 Mar, 2019 free betting tips & prediction. Get schedule, head to head stats to bet with Betway, Betrally & Bet365.
The top two teams in the 2019 Pakistan Super League meet in Karachi again, after Quetta Gladiators beat Peshawar Zalmi in the qualifying final.
Quetta's win was their third against Zalmi in this year's tournament, having also beaten them twice in the league stage - though it was Peshawar who finished top of the group on net run rate after both teams won seven matches.
Kamran Akmal hit 74 from 43 balls and Chris Jordan took 3-26 in four overs as Zalmi bounced back to book their final place, however - scoring 214/5 in a 48-run win against Islamabad United.
Quetta Gladiators take on group winners and last season’s losing finalists Peshawar Zalmi in the 2019 Pakistan Super League at Karachi’s National Stadium. The match is scheduled for March 17 and the live action begins at 19:00 local time.
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Peshawar Zalmi won the toss and fielded first in the previous meeting between these two teams but both teams have won their most recent matches setting a target - Zalmi might choose to bat first if given the chance again.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for Quetta Gladiators vs Peshawar Zalmi, Pakistan Super League 2019.
Quetta Gladiators Team News & Playing 11
QTG Team News
Quetta Gladiators made just once change from the defeat against Karachi Kings in their final group game for the play-off against Peshawar Zalmi. And, after Ahsan Ali scored 42 in Quetta's win having replaced Anwar Ali, the Gladiators are likely to stick with that winning line-up.
QTG Key Players
Shane Watson's fourth half-century of this year's tournament earned Quetta victory when these teams met in the first play-off. Watson's 71 from 43 balls, including six sixes and a 111-run partnership with Ahsan Ali, moved him to 423 runs from 11 innings. He has 68 runs more than any other batsman in PSL 2019.
Ahmed Shehzad was out cheaply in the play-off, but he hit 99 in the league game - his third half-century in just seven innings in this year's tournament. He has 253 runs at an average of 42.16.
Rilee Rossouw has continued his good run of batting form after the BPL meanwhile, hitting 256 runs from his 11 innings, while Umar Akmal has 277 from ten.
With the ball, meanwhile, Sohail Tanvir has been expensive in the last two matches but still has 15 wickets from 11 matches. Mohammad Nawaz led the way last time out, however - he has 12 from 11 games after 1-25 last time out. Mohammad Hasnain took 2-28 and has nine wickets from six games.
QTG Team Form
Quetta Gladiators booked their place in the 2019 Pakistan Super League as Shane Watson hit 71 from 43 balls in a total of 186/6 against Peshawar Zalmi, and Mohammad Hasnain and Mohammad Nawaz both bowled economically to seal a ten-run win.
The Gladiators won seven from ten in the group stage, with their most recent defeat coming in the final group game - losing a thrilling game by one run to Karachi Kings despite Ahmed Shehzad hitting 99 in a total of 189/7.
They had previously won three in a row to seal a place in the qualifier, including Watson hitting an unbeaten 91 in an eight-wicket win against Peshawar Zalmi and Shehzad hitting 73 in a total of 180/9 as they beat Islamabad United by 43 runs.
Quetta Gladiators Predicted Playing 11
Shane Watson, Ahmed Shehzad, Ahsan Ali, Rilee Rossouw, Umar Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed, Dwayne Bravo, Mohammad Nawaz, Sohail Tanvir, Fawad Ahmed, Mohammad Hasnain
Peshawar Zalmi Team News & Playing 11
PSZ Team News
Chris Jordan flew out after starring for England to play a big part in Peshawar Zalmi's win in the final qualifier play-off - one of three changes as Umar Amin and Nabi Gul also stepped in for Sameen Gul and Misbah-ul-Haq. Neither Amin nor Gul batted or bowled but Zalmi could be unchanged after their big win.
PSZ Key Players
While it was the batsmen who starred in the win against Islamabad last time out, the strength of Zalmi's bowling attack should also not be under-stated.
Chris Jordan took 3-26 from his four overs, fresh from recording figures of 2-16, 4-6 and 0-14 in England's dominant T20 series win against West Indies.
Hasan Ali's 3-29 from four overs took him to 25 wickets for the tournament, meanwhile. Wahab Riaz is third in the wicket-taking list with 16 from 12 matches, while fit-again Tymal Mills has seven wickets in four games including an economical 1-21 from four overs when these teams last met.
On the batting side, meanwhile, Darren Sammy hit 46 from 21 balls against Quetta and an unbeaten 30 from 15 balls last time out. Kamran Akmal has hit 72, 3, 86, 22 and 74 in his last five innings, meanwhile - leading the way in Zalmi's win last time out. He has 336 runs in total, while Imam-ul-Haq has 338, including four half-centuries - the most recent of which was his 58 last time out.
PSZ Team Form
Kamran Akmal (74) and Imam-ul-Haq (58) shared a 135-run partnership in 12.2 overs as Zalmi posted 214/5 against Islamabad United last time out. Hasan Ali (3-29) and Chris Jordan (3-26) then took charge with the ball to seal a 48-run win.
Peshawar have won six of their last eight matches in total with their only two defeats coming against Quetta - finishing ten runs short of the Gladiators 186/6 in the play-offs after failing to defend 165/4 in their most recent league fixture.
In between, Zalmi restricted Lahore Qalandars to 124/7 and went on to claim a four-wicket win and then scored 203/7 in a 61-run win against Karachi Kings to seal top spot in the league - Akmal scored 86 and Hasan Ali claimed 3-15 in the reply.
Peshawar Zalmi Predicted Playing 11
Imam-ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal, Kieron Pollard, Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Amin, Darren Sammy, Wahab Riaz, Chris Jordan, Hasan Alu, Tymal Mills, Nabi Gul
Quetta Gladiators vs Peshawar Zalmi Team Form in Last Five Matches
QTG : W L W W W
PSZ : W L W W L
QTG vs PSZ Head to Head
Quetta have won all three matches against Peshawar this season to move to seven in total, with five Zalmi wins in that time. Zalmi beat Quetta by one run in last year's play-off, but this year the Gladiators have gained revenge - so far.
Umar Akmal's unbeaten 75 earned a six-wicket win in the first meeting between the two sides, while it was Shane Watson who led the way in the second - scoring 91 not out from 55 balls to claim an eight-wicket win, chasing 166 in just 17.4 overs.
In the play-off, Watson hit 71 in a total of 186/6. In reply, Zalmi could only reach 176/7 but both teams will meet again in the PSL 2019 final.
Quetta Gladiators vs Peshawar Zalmi Betting Odds
Quetta have won all three matches against Peshawar Zalmi this season and are 1.80 favourites with Bet365 to win the PSL final too. Zalmi, meanwhile, are 2.00 to win.
Shane Watson and Ahmed Shehzad could be key for the Gladiators and they are 1.80 to post the highest opening partnership. Kamran Akmal and Imam-ul-Haq are 2.00 to outscore them for Peshawar Zalmi.
Individually, in-form Watson is 3.60 to top score for the Gladiators again, having done so in each of the last two matches between the two.
Akmal, meanwhile, is 3.75 with Bet365 to be Peshawar Zalmi's top batsman but it is their bowlers who could swing things their way. Hasan Ali is the PSL's leading wicket taker this season and he is 3.00 to be their top bowler, while Wahab Riaz and Chris Jordan are both 4.00.
Quetta Gladiators vs Peshawar Zalmi Prediction
Quetta Gladiators have won all three matches against Peshawar Zalmi this season and, with Shane Watson in top form, their batsmen can combat the Zalmi pace attack.
Back Quetta Gladiators to beat Peshawar Zalmi at 1.80 with Betway and Bet365.