Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators, Pakistan Super League Eliminator, latest update: Peshawar Zalmi win by one run! Quetta Gladiators have been eliminated. Phew. Drama. Drama. This was an unbelievable cricket match. This could easily have been a nightmare for Liam Dawson. Anwar miscued one but the long on fielder put it down. Luckily for him, he recovered well and threw the ball towards the non striker's end and Dawson run Hamza out.
Preview: The third edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) finally comes home in its true sense, with the first of the three matches to be hosted in Pakistan taking place on Tuesday evening.
Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators face off in the Eliminator at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) as well as the central government leaving no stone unturned in providing full security to the players. The two sides faced off at the same venue last year in the final of the second edition, which incidentally was the first time that the board hosted a match in Pakistan instead of its adopted home UAE.
Darren Sammy and Sarfraz Ahmed. Image credit: Twitter
However, the shifting of matches to Pakistan has resulted in the Quetta Gladiators losing out on the services of a few of their key players, with the side's clash against Islamabad United last Thursday turning out to be the final competitive match for England legend Kevin Pietersen. Also backing out from the Quetta camp is fellow South African-born Englishman Jason Roy. Yorkshire cricketer Tom Kohler Cadmore and West Indian opener Johnson Charles have been named their replacements.
Peshawar, on the other hand, travel to Lahore with nearly all of their overseas picks. Only Dwayne Smith has chosen to opt out of the knockout stage of the tournament. It was a similar situation for the Darren Sammy-led team last year, when a full-strength Peshawar beat a depleted Quetta side convincingly in the summit clash of the tournament.
Peshawar Zalmi: Kamran Akmal (wk), Andre Fletcher, Riki Wessels, Mohammad Hafeez, Saad Nasim, Darren Sammy (c), Liam Dawson, Umaid Asif, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Sameen Gul, Hammad Azam, Chris Jordan, Haris Sohail, Khushdil Shah, Ibtisam Sheikh, Khalid Usman, Mohammad Asghar, Tamim Iqbal, Sabbir Rahman.
Quetta Gladiators: Asad Shafiq, Johnson Charles, Umar Amin, Rameez Raja, Rilee Rossouw, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk, c), Mohammad Nawaz, Anwar Ali, Hasan Khan, Mir Hamza, Rahat Ali, Ben Laughlin, Saad Ali, Saud Shakeel, Chris Green, Mahmudullah, Thisara Perera, Tom Kohler-Cadmore.