PSL 2021, Match 8: Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators – Match Preview And Prediction

During the eighth match of the PSL 2021, Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators will face each other at the National Stadium (Karachi) on Friday (26th February) night. Both teams will play their third match of this season.

Peshawar Zalmi are currently in the fourth position in the points table with 2 points in two games of this PSL season. In the meantime, Quetta Gladiators are in the last position in the points table with 0 points in two matches.

PSL 2021, Match 8: Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators – Match Preview

Peshawar Zalmi

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While Peshawar Zalmi started this PSL 2021 with a defeat against Lahore Qalandars, they beat Multan Sultans in the next game.

English cricketer Ravi Bopara scored a 50 in the first game while another English cricketer Tom Kohler-Cadmore scored 53 off 32 balls in the next match. Also, opener Imam-ul-Haq scored 48 runs in the second match of this season after scoring a duck in their tournament opener. But in the last game, Haider Ali played a very important role in the end as his 24 not out off just 8 balls secured a great victory for Peshawar Zalmi.

Among their bowlers, Saqib Mahmood has taken 4 wickets in this early moment of the new PSL season.

Full Squad

Abrar Ahmed, Amad Butt, Waqar Salamkheil (partial replacement of David Miller), Haider Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal, Tom-Kohler Cadmore, Mohammad Amir Khan, Mohammad Irfan Snr, Mohammad Imran, Mohammad Imran Randhawa, Mujeeb Ur Rehman, Ravi Bopara, Saqib Mahmood, Sherfane Rutherford, Shoaib Malik, Umaid Asif, Wahab Riaz

Quetta Gladiators

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In the PSL 2021, Quetta Gladiators have suffered a very weak start as they suffered defeats in their both the matches and that too in big ways.

While the Caribbean superstar Chris Gayle has started this PSL season in great by scoring 39 and 68 runs respectively, Quetta Gladiators will now miss him badly as Gayle has returned to the Caribbean for international duty. South African cricketer Faf du Plessis will now replace Gayle while the Caribbean star is likely to return to Pakistan soon after completing his international commitment.

While the other Quetta Gladiators batsmen have struggled in the early period of this season, captain Sarfaraz Ahmed scored 40 runs in the last game as the only other bright side of their batting.

On the other hand, their bowlers are also struggling to pick up wickets. Mohammad Hasnain had some good time with the ball in hand in their tournament opener as he had the bowling figures of 4-0-18-2.

Full Squad

Sarfaraz Ahmed (C), Anwar Ali, Azam Khan, Ben Cutting, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Zahid Mahmood, Dale Steyn, Tom Banton, Usman Khan Shinwari, Cameron Delport, Qais Ahmad, Abdul Nasir, Saim Ayub, Arish Ali Khan, Usman Khan, Faf du Plessis (partial replacement of Chris Gayle)

PSL 2021, Match 8: Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators – Match Prediction

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While both teams started this PSL 2021 with a defeat each, Peshawar Zalmi won their second game of the PSL 6 but Quetta Gladiators couldn’t change their struggling fate of this season in the second game as they lost another game. Also, Zalmi won both their matches against Gladiators in the previous PSL season.

Observing the present situation, Peshawar Zalmi are the favourite for the upcoming clash against Quetta Gladiators.

Sandipan Ghosh

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