Quetta Gladiators vs Islamabad United, free match prediction

05 Mar 2019 | 21:30 | Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
180/9 in 20.0 9.00 winner
137/9 in 20.0 6.85

Quetta Gladiators beat Islamabad United by 43 runs

Can the Reigning Champions make a comeback?
  • Quetta Gladiators are currently lying at the top of the league table. The side beat Peshawar Zalmi by eight wickets in their previous game.
  • Islamabad United lost their previous game against Peshawar Zalmi.
  • Earlier this season, Quetta Gladiators notched up a comfortable win over Islamabad United in a game played in Dubai.

Our Prediction is Quetta Gladiators to win!

  • Tournament: Pakistan Super League (PSL)
  • Format: T20
  • Venue: Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
  • Toss: To Bat
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Pakistan Super League (PSL) Group

Name M Won Lost Tied NR PTs NRR
Peshawar Zalmi 10 7 3 0 0 14 0.828
Quetta Gladiators 10 7 3 0 0 14 0.376
Islamabad United 10 5 5 0 0 10 0.127
Karachi Kings 10 5 5 0 0 10 -0.673
Multan Sultans 10 3 7 0 0 6 0.173
Lahore Qalandars 10 3 7 0 0 6 -0.837
PTs NRR M Won Lost Tied NR
14 0.828 10 7 3 0 0
14 0.376 10 7 3 0 0
10 0.127 10 5 5 0 0
10 -0.673 10 5 5 0 0
6 0.173 10 3 7 0 0
6 -0.837 10 3 7 0 0
Name
Peshawar Zalmi
Quetta Gladiators
Islamabad United
Karachi Kings
Multan Sultans
Lahore Qalandars

Match Preview

Reigning Champions will be looking to make a strong comeback when they face league leaders Quetta Gladiators in the 26th game of Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

2018 PSL Champions suffered a narrow defeat at the hands of Peshawar Zalmi in their previous game. The franchise will have an opportunity to secure their place in the playoffs if they beat Quetta Gladiators in this game. Captain Mohammad Sami will be hoping that side can produce their best form to get the right results in their remaining fixtures of the competition.

On the other hand, Quetta Gladiators will be keen to extend their lead at the top of the league table with 12 points to their name. Gladiators produced a splendid batting performance to beat Peshawar Zalmi in their previous game played on Monday. Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed will be hoping that side can keep the momentum in the final phase of round robin games.

Teams Preview

Quetta Gladiators Preview

The side has certainly secured their place in the playoffs of the competition after comfortably brushing aside Peshawar Zalmi in their previous game. Gladiators are on a two-match winning streak and will be looking to keep their winning record intact in this game as well. Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed has shown excellent leadership so far this season.

In the batting department, Gladiators will be relying on their in-form players Shane Watson, Rilee Rossouw and Umar Akmal to do the bulk of the scoring. Watson produced a match-winning performance in the previous game. He scored unbeaten 91 off 55 balls with the help of six fours and six sixes. He put on a 129-run partnership with Ahmed Shehzad to see Quetta Gladiators complete a crushing win over Peshawar Zalmi. Watson was well supported by Shehzad, who scored unbeaten 50 off 45 balls with the help of five fours.

Rilee Rossouw and Umar Akmal also have been consistent performers so far this season. The batting lineup has certainly been Gladiator’s strength this season. Sarfaraz Ahmed is also currently averaging 66.50 with the bat. 

Dwayne Bravo and Mohammad Nawaz are quality all-rounders that provide value with bat and ball.

In the bowling department, the spin duo of Mohammad Nawaz and Fawad Ahmed were excellent in the previous game played against Peshawar Zalmi. Left-arm pacer Sohail Tanvir has done a splendid job for Quetta Gladiators with the new-ball. He is currently franchise’s leading wicket with 12 wickets to his name.

Quetta Gladiators Predicted Starting XI:

Sarfaraz Ahmed (c &wk), Rilee Rossouw, Ahmed Shehzad, Shane Watson, Umar Akmal, Ahsan Ali, Dwayne Bravo, Mohammad Nawaz, Sohail Tanvir, Fawad Ahmed, Mohammad Hasnain

Islamabad United Preview

The franchise will certainly be keen to bring their A-game to the table in the remaining round-robin games in this year’s competition. Captain Mohammad Sami will be hoping that side can make a strong comeback against Quetta Gladiators.

The side will be depending on the likes of Luke Ronchi, Cameron Delport and Asif Ali to do the bulk of the scoring. Luke Ronchi is the leading run-scorer for the franchise at the moment with 233 runs in 8 matches at an average of 33.28. Middle-order batsman Asif Ali has delivered match-winning performances so far this season and has scored 202 runs in 8 matches at an average of 33.66.

Cameron Delport found form with the bat in the previous game played against Peshawar Zalmi. He scored 71 off 55 balls with the help of eight fours and a six. Delport will be relieved with this innings after struggling to get any runs for the side this season.

Philip Salt and Chadwick Walton also chipped in with crucial scores for Islamabad in the previous game played against Peshawar Zalmi.

In the bowling department, the spin duo of Zafar Gohar and Shadab Khan did most of the damage with the ball and picked up wickets between them against Peshawar. Apart from the spinners, Faheem Ashraf has been most consistent performer for the side this season with 9 wickets to his name.

Islamabad United Predicted Starting XI:

Mohammad Sami (captain), Luke Ronchi, Cameron Delport, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Philip Salt, Faheem Ashraf, Zafar Gohar, Samit Patel/Chadwick Walton, Shadab Khan, Rumman Raees

Pitch And Weather Conditions

The pitch will certainly be on the slower side. The batsmen will have to work hard for their runs on this surface. The weather forecast for the game is going to be clear skies.

Venue

Islamabad United is going to play their first game in Abu Dhabi. League leaders Quetta Gladiators were victorious in their previous game at the venue.

Toss: To Bat

It will be better option to win the toss and bat first. The spinners will definitely get assistance from the sluggish nature of the pitch.

Winning Prediction

High-Flying Quetta Gladiators have notched up two wins in a row and will be looking to maintain unbeaten streak against Islamabad United. Reigning Champions will need to bat well in order to beat Quetta in this contest.

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Author: Shoaib Z.