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PSL 2019 Final Preview: Quetta Gladiators vs Peshawar Zalmi Preview. QG vs PZ Preview Match Prediction

Here we are. The PSL 2019 decider!

In a repeat of the PSL 2017 Final, Quetta Gladiators take on Peshawar Zalmi in what should be a cracking game of cricket. Quetta Gladiators, who have never won the tournament, will be hoping for third time lucky as they have made the final twice before. Peshawar Zalmi, on the other hand, will be looking for a repeat of the 2017 Final, as well as overcoming their poor record against the Gladiators in PSL 2019.

Who will lift the trophy?




Key to a Quetta Gladiators win

QG have been superb in PSL 2019. They finished equal first, which was testament to their consistency. This also included two wins against PZ in the group stage, before another win in the Qualifier a few nights ago. The key to their success has been their batting, with Shane Watson having a superb tournament. He will be crucial in the Final, providing a platform in which others can play off the back of. Ahmed Shehzad, who failed in that Qualifier, will be keen to rediscover his good form before that to set up the innings for the likes of Rilee Rossouw, Umar Akmal and Dwayne Bravo to play off the back of. Can QG overcome the likes of Hasan Ali, as they did a few nights back?

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Also, with Fawad Ahmed’s inclusion uncertain after a horror injury in the Qualifier, the bowling attack must be effective as a unit. Dwayne Bravo had a night to forget, and has to deliver in the Final, along with Sohail Tanvir. With Mohammad Nawaz and Hasnain bowling well, it is crucial QG get past the dangerous Kamran Akmal and Imam-ul-Haq early to target the PZ middle order.

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Image credit: PSL. PSL 2019 Final Preview: Quetta Gladiators vs Peshawar Zalmi – Shane Watson has had a superb tournament.

Key to a Peshawar Zalmi win

You can look back to the last game as to why Kamran Akmal and Imam-ul-Haq are key wickets. Their incredible 135-run opening stand was the catalyst to their massive total of 214/5, which propelled them to another PSL Final. They will be key against a QG attack that has a tendency to concede runs quickly, setting the game up beautifully for a middle order assault. Keiron Pollard and Darren Sammy, anyone? The two West Indians scored a combined 67 runs off 36 balls after the huge opening stand, which has set the template for the batting performance needed in the Final.

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Also, can PSL 2019 leading wicket taker Hasan Ali have a big game? He was superb in the second Eliminator, taking three wickets along with proven performer Chris Jordan. Jordan was in the wickets in West Indies recently, and these two will be crucial against the likes of Shane Watson and Ahmed Shehzad to enable the likes of Wahab Riaz and Keiron Pollard (who was expensive last time out) to target the QG middle order.

Image credit: PSL/Twitter. PSL 2019 Final Preview: Quetta Gladiators vs Peshawar Zalmi – Kamran Akmal and Imam-ul-Haq will be key.

Possible Playing 11

Quetta Gladiators: 1. Shane Watson, 2. Ahmed Shehzad, 3. Ahsan Ali, 4. Rilee Rossouw, 5. Umar Akmal, 6. Sarafraz Ahmed (c & wk), 7. Dwayne Bravo, 8. Mohammad Nawaz, 9. Sohail Tanvir, 10. Mohammad Hasnain, 11. Fawad Ahmed

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Peshawar Zalmi: 1. Kamran Akmal (wk), 2. Imam-ul-Haq, 3. Umar Amin, 4. Keiron Pollard, 5. Sohaib Maqsood, 6. Umar Amin, 7. Darren Sammy (c), 7. Wahab Riaz, 8. Chris Jordan, 9. Hasan Ali, 10. Tymal Mills, 11. Nabi Gul

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Stats and Facts

  • Peshawar Zalmi won the PSL Title in 2017. If they win here, it will be their second title, which puts them level with Islamabad United in regards to most PSL wins.
  • Quetta Gladiators have made two PSL Finals, and have lost both.
  • Quetta Gladiators have beaten Peshawar Zalmi three times in PSL 2019.

Match Prediction

This has such similarities to last year’s IPL Final, where Shane Watson was man of the match. CSK had beaten SRH three times in the season, and then beat them in the Final.

Here, I believe Quetta Gladiators, with a few days extra preparation time and dangerous batting lineup, will take out the PSL 2019 Title. They will be third time lucky after two losses!

Thanks for reading!

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PSL 2019 Final Preview: Quetta Gladiators vs Peshawar Zalmi Preview. QG vs PZ Preview Match Prediction

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