Afridi\'s Peshawar Zalmi, Misbah\'s Islamabad United in fight for finals spot
Misbah\'s and Afridi\'s teams will face off for a spot in the final, against Quetta Gladiators. The inaugural edition of the Pakistan Super League is steadily heading to its finish. Ahead of Tuesday\'s big final, only one question remains. Which of Peshawar Zalmi and Islamabad United will earn the right to challenge Sarfraz Ahmed\'s Quetta Gladiators? The second qualifier on Sunday (February 21) at the Dubai International Stadium will provide the final missing piece in the PSL jigsaw.It\'s the virtual semi-final. Given a choice, hot favourites to the title Peshawar would rather have loved to have been in Quetta\'s position - Resting and waiting for their final opponent. But their one-run defeat in the first qualifier has left them needing to win two games in three days to lift the title. On paper, Shahid Afridi\'s Peshawar have an all-round side to deal with any team in the competition but this is a knockout game and they are playing an Islamabad side, who come in to the match on a three-game winning streak, including a thumping win over Karachi in the eliminator on Saturday. Peshawar are also likely to experience some after effects of Friday\'s nerve-wracking defeat but will need to dust it off and move on quickly. Besides, they didn\'t do all that badly against Quetta. Their bowling, for one, continues to live up to the reputation of being the best in the tournament. A slightly better approach with the bat and they should be fine. Misbah-ul-Haq\'s Islamabad started rather slowly for all their pre-tournament hype. Then the injury bug set in. However, they\'ve been able to lift their form ever since with a good sequence of performances and appear to be peaking at just the right time. While Misbah will be buoyed by their recent run of form, they will be mindful of the fact that they are yet to beat either a team other than Karachi and Lahore - who finished below them in the five-team competition. Sunday would be a great time for them to break this anomaly and play party-pooper to the Quetta-Peshawar rematch expectations.