Gladiators’ challenge to overcome poor record against Qalandars
Lahore Qalandars to win
It is the 4th match and the Lahore Qalandars would be taking on the Quetta Gladiators. The Qalandars have made a confident start in the tournament winning their first game against the Peshawar Zalmi and this would make them very confident in this game. The Gladiators on the other hand are coming into this game after suffering a big loss against the Karachi Kings in the tournament opener.
Lahore Qalandars have enjoyed good success against the Quetta Gladiators in the past and have lost only few games against them and this is likely to fill the side with confidence. Gladiators on the other hand look shaky as far as their batting line-up is concerned. It will be interesting to see of the Gladiators are able to win this game and avoid being stuck at the bottom of the points table.
Sohail Akhtar would be happy with the start his side has received in the tournament. They bowled well against Peshawar Zalmi and were clinical in their run chase to win the game by 4 wickets. They have enjoyed a great record against the Gladiators in the past and the skipper would look forward to maintaining the same record in this game.
Fakhar Zaman and Akhtar started well in the last game and they would like to put up a good opening stand here. In the middle order the side would be happy with the form of Mohammad Hafeez, Agha Salman and Ben Dunk as all of them scored runs in the last game. With Samit Patel, David Wiese and Rashid Khan in the line-up they have good batting to follow.
Shaheen Afridi was brilliant with the ball in the last game and so was Rashid Khan. They are the best bowlers for the side and their performance would give lot of confidence to the side. Ahmed Daniyal and Salman Mirza will have to bowl well during the middle overs. The experience of David Wiese and Samit Patel makes this bowling attack formidable.
Sohail Akhtar (c), Fakhar Zaman, Agha Salman, Mohammad Hafeez, Ben Dunk (wk), Samit Patel, David Wiese, Rashid Khan, Ahmed Daniyal, Shaheen Afridi, Salman Mirza
Mohammad Hafeez, Agha Salman, Sohail Akhtar, D Wiese, Ahmed Daniel, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Rashid Khan, SR Patel, Shaheen Afridi, Ben Dunk
Sarfaraz Ahmed’s side had a poor start to the tournament where they went down by 7 wickets against the Karachi Kings. It was a disastrous show by their batsmen as they were bowled out for mere 121 runs and their bowled looked helpless defending that score. Ahmed would be expecting a better show from his players as they take on a side that comes here with a win.
Chris Gayle did well with the bat but he needs to open the innings along with Tom Baton. Playing him at No. 3 was a mistake for the side in the last game. In the middle order the side would like to see good efforts from Saim Ayub, Azam Khan and Sarfaraz Ahmed. Mohammad Nawaz and Ben Cutting have good hitting abilities down the order and a good show would be expected from them.
Mohammad Hasnain bowled well in the last game and he will have a very important role to play here along with Naseem Shah opening the bowling for the side. Qais Ahmad was expensive and a good show would be expected form him here. Cutting and Mohammad Nawaz would have to offer good support down the order.
Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Chris Gayle, Tom Banton, Saim Ayub, Azam Khan, Ben Cutting, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Hasnain, Usman Shinwari, Naseem Shah, Qais Ahmad
Ben Cutting, Azam Khan, Usman Khan Shinwari, Tom Banton, Anwar Ali, Zahid Mahmood, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Saim Ayub, Chris Gayle, Sarfraz Ahmed
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Karachi would see clear skies on February 22 and we expect to see a great game of cricket. It would be a warm and humid evening. The pitch won’t be easy to bat on due to its slowness and batsmen would have to focus on slowly building their innings. Any score of 160 runs and above would be defendable here with tight bowling.
National Stadium Karachi has seen batsmen do well when the pitch has been a good one to bat one. It isn’t one of the best places for fast bowlers as there is little on the surface for them here. Spinners do enjoy good success at this venue as the ball tends to turn sharply and surprises the batsmen.
In the two games so far we have seen the sides chasing the score emerging victorious on both the occasions. The pitch has been slow in nature where run scoring has been difficult. The side that wins the toss would like to take advantage of this by inviting the opposition to bat first.
Quetta Gladiators would be under pressure having gone down in their first game. The side has issues to sort out both with the bat and the ball after their bad show in the last game. The Lahore Qalandars were clinical in their approach in their previous game and have their key players in form. While this is expected to be a close game Qalandars would start ahead thanks to their form.
Lahore Qalandars to win