PSL3: Peshawar to face Quetta in first eliminator tonight
Lahore (Web Desk): The first eliminator of Pakistan Super League third edition (PSL3) will be played between defending champions Peshawar Zalmi and last two years’ runners-up Quetta Gladiators.
Peshawar and Quetta finished third and fourth respectively on the points table with the same points 10 a piece but different run-rates to set an eliminator date.
Today’s encounter is a do-or-die for both: the losing team will get eliminated from the competition, while the winning team will play the qualifier’s losing team in Lahore tomorrow (March 21).
Moreover, Peshawar are lucky to have most of their foreign players as Liam Dawson and Chris Jordan (England), Darren Sammy and Andre Fletcher (West Indies), Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh) and Rikki Wessels (South Africa) are touring Pakistan.
Quetta Gladiators are not that lucky as their key players Shane Watson and Kevin Pietersen along with Ben Laughlin opted not to tour, leaving their captain Sarfraz and coach Moin Khan fuming.
Here are the squads for the teams:
Peshawar Zalmi: Darren Sammy (c), Tamim Iqbal, Kamran Akmal, Andre Fletcher, Riki Wessels, Hammad Azam, Haris Sohail, Khushdil Shah, Umaid Asif, Saad Nasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Shabbir Rahman, Liam Dawson, Sameen Gul, Hasan Ali, Chris Jordan, Mohammad Asghar, Wahab Riaz.
Quetta Gladiators: Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Rilee Rossouw, Rameez Raja, Asad Shafiq, Umar Amin, Mohammad Nawaz, Mahmudullah, Thisara Perera, Chris Green, Saad Ali, Saud Shakeel, Anwar Ali, Hassan Khan, Mir Hamza, Rahat Ali, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Johnson Charles.