Pakistan Super League PSL 2017 Final Predictions
Quetta Gladiators vs Peshawar Zalmi PSL Final Match Prediction
Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators (PZ vs QG) preview is placed here. The grand finale of the Pakistan Super League will see the Peshawar Zalmi take on the Quetta Gladiators on Sunday, March 5. This game will be played in Lahore, amidst heavy security. This game will kick start at 8 pm local time (3 pm GMT).
Peshawar Zalmi Squad Playing XI: Darren Sammy (captain), Dawid Malan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Hafeez, Kamran Akmal, Marlon Samuels, Khushdil Shah, Iftikhar Ahmed, Chris Jordan, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Asghar
Quetta Gladiators Squad Playing XI: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Nawaz, Anwar Ali, Hassan Khan, Morne van Wyk, Anamul Haque, Sean Ervine, Saad Nasim, Zulfiqar Babar, Rayad Emrit
The winner will take home their first ever PSL title after Islamabad United had won the tournament last year. Islamabad United were knocked out of the contention in the Eliminator where they went down to the Karachi Kings. Karachi Kings looked a very confident side going into their next game against the Zalmis but Peshawar’s batsmen put paid to the Kings’ hopes with a sterling showing.
Peshawar batted first and it was Kamran Akmal’s century that took them to an impregnable position. Akmal, in turn, became the second batsman in the history of PSL to score a ton after Sharjeel Khan. His score took them to 181 from their 20 overs and then Chris Jordan and Mohammad Hafeez combined to peg Karachi back.
Chasing 182 they were 19 for two in the fifth over and despite some dazzling stroke-play from Chris Gayle and a late flourish from Kieron Pollard, it was a matter of too little, too late. Karachi were restricted to 157 from their 20 overs.
Earlier, Quetta had reached the final by stunning the Zalmis in the first Qualifier in what should have been a game the latter should have won easily. Batting first, Quetta piled on 200 on a very flat surface in Sharjah.
Peshawar looked to be on their way to winning the game thanks to Shahid Afridi cameo but with two needed from the final three balls, the Zalmis innings fell away. Unfortunately for them, Sammy was at the non-striker’s end when they lost three wickets off successive deliveries to go down to the Gladiators.
Question is, can the Zalmis shrug off this mental edge that the Gladiators will have on them?
In six previous matches between these two sides, Quetta have won three while Peshawar have won two with one ending rained off.
Quetta will be without their overseas players while Peshawar will miss Shahid Afridi from this game.
PSL 2017 Final Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators Prediction
Zalmi to win.
Akmal to top-score for Peshawar.