Man of the Match: Sarfraz Ahmed
Quetta Gladiators to win
Our Prediction is Quetta Gladiators to win!
Quetta Gladiators will be looking to carry momentum forward when they will face Lahore Qalandars in the 12th game of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Sharjah on Saturday.
Gladiators have played excellent so far this season with three consecutive victories in a row. Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed will be keen to maintain their unbeaten streak in this competition.
On the other hand, Lahore Qalandars produced a spectacular performance with the bat to beat Multan Sultans in a game played in Sharjah. Skipper AB De Villiers truly led from the front with the bat and help Lahore chase down a mammoth score in the previous game.
The franchise notched up a comprehensive win over Multan Sultans in a game played in Sharjah on Wednesday. Opener Shane Watson and Rilee Rossouw played leading roles with the bat to see Gladiators extend their lead at the top of league table.
Watson is currently the leading run-scorer for the franchise this season with 161 runs in 3 matches at an average of 80.50. He came good in the previous game as well and scored 61 off 40 balls with the help of eleven boundaries.
He was well supported by Rilee Rossouw, who scored 67 off 45 balls with the help of ten fours and a six. Gladiators will be hoping that Watson and Rossouw can continue their good form with the bat in this game.
Umar Akmal has done exceedingly well for the side in the middle-order and has so far scored 136 runs at an average of 136.00. Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed also been in good touch with the bat and chipped in with crucial scores for Gladiators.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Nawaz and Fawad Ahmed to deliver breakthroughs with the new-ball. Ghulam Mudassar and Mohammad Irfan Junior also picked up crucial wickets for the side in the previous game.
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.
Yasir Shah, Sohail Akhtar, Sandeep Lamichhane, Rahat Ali, F Zaman, Gauhar Ali, AB de Villiers, Salman Butt, D Wiese, Haris Rauf, Corey Anderson
The franchise moved to fourth position in the league table with a win over Multan Sultans in the previous game. Skipper AB De Villiers will be hoping that side can continue their winning momentum in this game as well.
Qalandars chase a mammoth score of 200 runs courtesy of splendid batting performances from Fakhar Zaman, AB De Villiers and Dawid Wiese. Opener Fakhar Zaman has been in-form player for the side so far this season and scored 160 runs at an average of 40.00 with two half-centuries to his name.
Zaman scored 63 runs off 35 balls with the help of seven fours and three sixes. Left-hander will be looking to continue his good form with the bat. De Villiers scored unbeaten 52 runs off 29 balls with the help of three fours and three sixes. He certainly changed the complexion. Salman Butt could not put in a big score in his first game for the franchise. Left-hander will be looking to score runs in the next couple of matches.
Agha Salman and Brendan Taylor will need to put in crucial runs for the franchise in this game. All-rounder Dawid Wiese chipped in with a brisk cameo and scored unbeaten 45 off 20 balls with the help of five sixes.
In the bowling department, left-arm pacer Rahat Ali is leading wicket-taker for the side so far this season. He has claimed 8 wickets in 4 matches at an average of 13.00. Rookie Haris Rauf also has done an excellent job for the side with the new-ball in his debut season. Leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane also produced a good spell for the side in his debut game for Lahore Qalandars.
AB De Villiers (captain), Fakhar Zaman, Sohail Akthar, Anton Devcich, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Rahat Ali, Haris Rauf, Brendan Taylor (wk), Yasir Shah, Agha Salman, Hardus Viljeon.
RR Rossouw, Ghulam Mudassar, SR Watson, S Tanvir, Fawad Ahmed, Anwar Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed, Dwayne Smith, Umar Akmal, Ahsan Ali, Mohammad Nawaz
The surface prepared for the game will be good one for batting. The weather forecast for the game on Saturday is going to be partly cloudy.
The Sharjah Cricket Stadium has recently witnessed high-scoring games in the competition. The previous game was played between Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi.
The side that wins the toss would like to bat first and post a big score on the board.
Quetta Gladiators will be favorites to win this contest against Lahore Qalandars. The side has a lot of firepower in their batting lineup and will be hard to dislodge in this game.
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