As the in-form Qalandars – who have four wins in five matches so far – look to continue their winning streak at home, the Sarfraz Ahmed-capped Gladiators face a do-or-die scenario with only one win from five matches so far.
Despite this, Shaheen Shah Afridi’s Qalandars, who defeated Peshawar Zalmi (40 runs) and Islamabad United (110 runs) in their last two PSL matches, will be expected to avoid complacency that can undermine any T20 side even against a weak opponent.
It is vital that the Qalandars remain vigilant, according to their belligerent opener Fakhar Zaman.
There is a good pace attack for Glarators in the T20 format, and any individual can change the situation on any given day,” left-handed Fakhar, who scored 235 runs in five games for Qalandars in the PSL-8, told reporters on Wednesday.
While our team has done well so far, we will do our best to give Gladiators an unsurpassed performance. The opener noted that our main strength is our bowling, which consists of [pacers] Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf and [leg-spinner] Rashid Khan. Fortunately, our batsmen are doing well as well.
After the 63-run thrashing by Islamabad United in their last match in Karachi, Gladiators’ bowling coach Umar Gul said his team held a detailed meeting to identify their shortcomings and avoid them.