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Quetta Gladiators (QUE) will host defending champions Peshawar Zalmi (PES) in the second match of Pakistan Super League 2022 at the National Stadium in Karachi on Friday, January 28. The match will start at 7:30 PM IST.

QUE vs PES Dream11 prediction

Quetta Gladiators’ face PSL 6 runners-up Peshawar Zalmi in their first match on Friday. Quetta had a disappointing season last time around, finishing bottom of the standings with just two wins. With a new-look side this campaign, they will look to start well with a win.

On the other hand, with a retained core of experienced players, Peshawar are one of the most settled sides heading into the tournament. They will hope to go a step further than last time around and win the title this season. 

Since it’s both teams’ first match of the season, picking a winner isn’t straightforward. However, while there is nothing much to separate between the two sides on paper, Peshawar Zalmi hold a slender advantage owing to the depth of their familiar squad.  

QUE vs PES Dream11 team tips for Pakistan Super League 2022

Top tip: Best batter

Peshawar Zalmi’s Shoaib Malik is a top pick for this encounter. The 39-year-old was the leading run-getter for Peshwar Zalmi in the last season of PSL with 354 runs in 13 innings at a strike-rate of 149. The veteran batter has a wealth of experience in the T20 format and is a worthy inclusion for 9.5 credits.   

Top tip: Best bowler

Wahab Riaz will be the best choice amongst the bowlers for this match. The Peshawar Zalmi captain was the second-highest wicket-taker in the last PSL season with 18 wickets across 12 matches with a dismissal almost every 15th ball. Selected by 92 per cent of fantasy players, Wahab Riaz is a must-have pick for 9 credits. 

Top tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper

Amongst the all-rounders, picking Quetta Gladiators’ James Faulkner is a no-brainer. The Australian snapped 13 wickets in six outings in the last edition of the tournament and was also handy with the willow down the order, contributing 90 runs at a strike-rate of 169. Opted for by 92 per cent of fantasy players, James Faulkner makes for a valuable addition to any fantasy team. 

Peshawar Zalami’s Kamran Akmal will be a great option amongst wicket-keepers for this match. The 40-year-old is the second leading run-getter in PSL history with 1820 runs in 69 matches at a strike-rate of 137. Akmal is likely to open the batting for his side and has a chance of scoring plenty of fantasy points apart from accumulating points with his keeping skills. Available for 9 credits, Kamran Akmal could be a great addition to any fantasy team.

QUE vs PES squads

QUE squad: James Vince, Jason Roy, Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain and wicket-keeper), Iftikhar Ahmed, James Faulkner, Mohammad Nawaz, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain, Naseem Shah, Ben Duckett (wicket-keeper), Khurram Shehzad, Naveen-Ul-Haq, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Akmal, Abdul Wahid Bangalzai, Ashar Qureshi, Ahsan Ali and Noor Ahmed

PES squad: Hazratulah Zazai, Liam Livingstone, Wahab Riaz (captain), Haider Ali, Sherfane Rutherford, Shoaib Malik, Hussain Talat, Saqib Mahmood, Usman Qadir, Arshad Iqbal, Kamran Akmal (wicket-keeper), Salman Irshad, Sameen Gul, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Mohammad Aamer, Sirajuddin, Ben Cutting and Mohammad Haris

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