Quetta Gladiators haven’t had the best of tournaments thus far in the ongoing edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). After the crushing defeats at the hands of Karachi Kings and Lahore Qalandars, the team, led by Sarfaraz Ahmed, went down to the Peshawar Zalmi in a nail-biting encounter. Their bowlers flattered to deceive after their batters put up 198 runs on the board.
After three losses on the trot, the Gladiators would be hoping to cease their losing-streak when they face the Islamabad United on Monday, March 1 at the National Stadium in Karachi. The United, captained by Shadab Khan, on the other hand, are placed in the middle of the table with two wins from three games. They would be looking to make a comeback after the defeat to Peshawar Zalmi.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch at the National Stadium has been a bowler’s graveyard thus far. Run-making hasn’t been tough by any stretch of the imagination. But the track has helped the team, batting second. The temperature will be around the 27 degrees Celsius mark. The humidity will mostly be in the low-20s.
Playing Combinations for ISL vs QUE
Paul Stirling, Alex Hales, Phillip Salt (wk), Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan (C), Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed, Asif Ali, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Fawad Ahmed
Bench: Lewis Gregory, Zafar Gohar, Colin Munro, Reece Topley, Ali Khan, Muhammad Musa, Rohail Nazir, Akif Javed, Ahmed Safi Abdullah, Zeeshan Zameer, Chris Jordan
Saim Ayub, Cameron Delport, Faf du Plessis, Sarfaraz Ahmed (C and WK), Azam Khan, Ben Cutting, Mohammad Nawaz, Dale Steyn, Zahid Mahmood, Mohammad Hasnain, Usman Shinwari
Bench: Tom Banton, Anwar Ali, Qais Ahmad, Naseem Shah, Arish Ali Khan, Abdul Nasir, Usman Khan
Probable Top Performers for ISL vs QUE
Alex Hales– Islamabad United
Alex Hales is currently the leading run-scorer for the United in the tournament. In three matches, he has 116 runs at an average and strike-rate of 38.66 and 170.58 respectively. The other United batters haven’t shown much form and hence, Hales can’t afford to drop his guard by any means.
Faf du Plessis– Quetta Gladiators
Faf du Plessis has replaced Chris Gayle in the Gladiators and he has been able to make an impact right away. In his first game, Faf managed 37 runs at a decent strike-rate of 142.30. He came to bat at number three and guided his team. The Gladiators would be looking for another decent knock.
ISL vs QUE Head to Head
Played- 11 |ISL won- 4 | QUE won- 7 | N/R- 0
Average first innings score: 168 (10 matches in PSL 2021)
Record of chasing teams: Won- 10 | Lost- 0
Match timings – 07:00 PM local time, 07:30 PM IST
TV – Sony Sports Network
Live Streaming – SonyLIV
The prediction is for Islamabad United to win the match.
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.
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