Our Prediction is Quetta Gladiators to win the match!
Quetta Gladiators will be looking to consolidate their position at the top of league table when they take on Lahore Qalandars in the 17th game of Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Dubai on Wednesday.
In their previous game, Quetta Gladiators lost their first game of the season against Karachi Kings. Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed will be keen to improve their game with the ball to get back to winning ways.
On the other hand, Lahore Qalandars are currently lying at the bottom half of the league table. Qalandars lost their previous game to Quetta Gladiators and will be desperate to win this contest.
Going into the match, Qalandars have 4 points to their name in 5 matches played so far in the competition. In their last match, Lahore suffered a narrow defeat against Quetta and will be looking to put a much better show this time around, especially with the bat.
With so much at stake, Lahore will be depending on in-form opener Fakhar Zaman to continue leading the way for the team. He is leading run-scorer for the franchise at the moment with 163 runs in 5 matches with two half-centuries to his name.
Apart from him, explosive opener Sohail Akthar will be under focus as well, as he has done a decent job for the side so far this season. Captain AB De Villiers also played well in the previous game and scored 45 off 40 balls with the help of two boundaries. Qalandars will be hoping that De Villiers can produce something special in this game.
Lahore Qalandars will be hoping that the likes of Corey Anderson and David Wiese can contribute with quick runs in the later stage of the innings. Salman Butt’s comeback hasn’t gone according to plan and so far scored 22 runs at an average of 11.00.
In the bowling department, Left-arm pacer Rahat Ali is leading the attack after managing to claim 9 wickets in the tournament in 5 matches so far with an average of 15.22. He is being well supported by rookie pacer Haris Rauf, who has claimed 8 wickets so far. Yasir Shah, Sandeep Lamichhane and David Weise also picked crucial wickets for the side in the previous game.
AB De Villiers (c), Fakhar Zaman, Sohail Akthar, Corey Anderson, David Wiese, Rahat Ali, Haris Rauf, Yasir Shah, Sandeep Lamichhane, Corey Anderson, Gauhar Ali (wk).
|A de Villiers||45||40||2||0||112.5|
Yasir Shah, Sohail Akhtar, Sandeep Lamichhane, F Zaman, Gauhar Ali, Haris Sohail, AB de Villiers, Shaheen Afridi, D Wiese, Haris Rauf, Corey Anderson
The franchise produced a decent batting performance in the previous game played against Karachi Kings. Opener Ahsan Ali could not do much with the bat in the previous game. He will need to produce runs for the side to retain his place in the playing XI.
Shane Watson once again got Quetta off to a decent start and scored 25 off 24 balls with the help of two fours and two sixes. Rilee Rossouw continued his good form in the previous game and scored 44 off 32 balls with the help of four fours and a six. He added 63-run partnership with Umar Akmal to help Quetta Gladiators post a competitive score on the board.
In the batting department, the side will be depending on the likes of Umar Akmal, Rilee Rossouw and Shane Watson to do the bulk off the scoring. Akmal is franchise’s leading run-scorer for Gladiators with 200 runs at an average of 66.66.
Anwar Ali also produced a quick-fire cameo to see Quetta score 186 runs in their 20 overs. The franchise will be hoping that bowling lineup can make a strong comeback in this game. Left-arm quick Sohail Tanvir bowled immaculate lengths against Karachi and finished with 2 wickets to his name. Mohammad Nawaz, Ghulam Mudassar and Anwar Ali were expensive in the previous game and will need to improve in order for Quetta to get back to winning ways.
Sarfaraz Ahmed (c &wk), Rilee Rossouw, Shane Watson, Umar Akmal, Ahsan Ali, Dwayne Smith, Mohammad Nawaz, Sohail Tanvir, Ghulam Mudassar, Mohammad Irfan Junior, Fawad Ahmed.
RR Rossouw, SR Watson, Danish Aziz, S Tanvir, Mohammad Hasnain, Fawad Ahmed, Harry Gurney, Sarfraz Ahmed, Umar Akmal, Ahsan Ali, Mohammad Nawaz
The surface will be excellent for batting for this game. The bowlers will definitely need use variations to get wickets on this pitch. The weather forecast for the game on Tuesday is clear skies.
The surface has provided assistance to the spinners in comparison to pitches in Sharjah. Quetta Gladiators have yet to lose a game in Dubai in this year’s competition.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bowl first and restrict side to a moderate score.