Will the Gladiators challenge the Sultans?
Our Prediction is Quetta Gladiators to win!
Multan Sultans have lost the most number of matches so far and they need to get back to winning ways to stay in contention for the playoff qualification. Multan Sultans lost their last match against Peshawar Zalmi despite scoring 172 runs. Jonathan Charles and Shoaib Malik have been their most consistent batsmen in the tournament. James Vince and Umar Siddique had some starts to support them whereas the rest of their batting lineup is struggling. Experienced All-rounder is having a good tournament so far helping his team at crucial moments with the bat and ball. They have enviable fast bowling attack with the likes of Mohammed Irfan, Junaid Khan and Mohammed Ilyas. Experienced All-rounders Shahid afridi and Shoiab Malik share the spin bowling duties.
Quetta Gladiators have lost back to back matches after winning their first four matches in a row. They need to arrest this slide and win matches to gain momentum and form in the tournament. Shane Watson, Rilee Rossouw and Umar Akmal are their batting stalwarts till now scoring the bulk of runs at the top. Skipper Sarfaraz has supported them very well and in fact helped their team chase down total with a last ball six in their match against Lahore Qalandars. Sohail Tanvir is their paces spearhead and he is good form and rhythm so far. Harry Gurney`s addition further strengthens their bowling attack. Fawad Ahmed and Mohammed Nawaz take care of the spin bowling department.
James Vince – James Vince comes here with lot of expectations after his exploits in T20 leagues. He has had starts of 28 and 41 in last two matches and we expect a big knock from him this match.
Mohammed Ilyas – 19-year old Mohammed Ilyas has impressed with his bowling in the last two matches. And he has bowling figures of 1/21 & 1/22 in the last two matches.
Stats from the tournament:
Shoiab Malik – 219 runs at strike rate 122 (HS – 53, 50s-2)
Junaid Khan – 8 wickets at an economy of 8.6 RPO (BB – 3/39)
James Vince, Umar Siddiq, Johnson Charles, Shoaib Malik (capt), Dan Christian, Laurie Evans, Shahid Afridi, Nauman Ali, Mohammad Ilyas, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan
Nauman Ali, James Vince, Mohammad Ilyas, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Abbas, Tom Moores, SMSK Afridi, J Charles, Shoaib Malik, DT Christian, U Siddiq Khan
Shane Watson – Watson is an experienced campaigner who has the ability to take the match away from the opposition single-handedly with the bat. He already has two 50+ scores this season.
Fawad Ahmed – Aussie Leggie has got variations up his sleeve and his bowling has very effective in controlling the run rate in the middle over’s. Leggie`s are the need of the hour in the T20s.
Stats from the tournament:
Umar Akmal – 201 runs at strike rate 136 (HS – 75*, 50s-2)
Sohail Tanvir – 9 wickets at an economy of 6.2 RPO (BB –4/21)
Shane Watson, Ahsan Ali, Umar Akmal, Rilee Rossouw, Sarfraz Ahmed (C & Wk), Danish Aziz, Mohammad Nawaz, Harry Gurney, Sohail Tanvir, Anwar Ali, Fawad Ahmed
RR Rossouw, Dwayne Bravo, SR Watson, S Tanvir, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hasnain, Fawad Ahmed, Sarfraz Ahmed, Umar Akmal, Ahsan Ali, Mohammad Nawaz
Dubai ground is known have a good balance between the bat and ball and it is known to aid slower bowlers due to wear and tear after a number of matches played here. The average score in this pitch is 160-180 runs. No weather interruptions are expected in the match.
Teams chasing has won almost 80% matches played this season and this season will continue in the coming matches also. So both the captains will look to bowl first after winning the toss.
Quetta Gladiators have a great player strength and experience on paper when compared to Multan Sultans. They have been taken back by individual brilliance of players in last couple of matches. But we expect them to come out victories this match.
We are backing Quetta Gladiators for the win!
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