Pakistan Super League 2021 Match 18
Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators – June 11th
CAN QUETTA PULL OF AN UPSET?
Islamabad United couldn’t get over the mark against Lahore Qalandars despite coming up with a feisty bowling presentation earlier in the week. Nevertheless, with a small turnover, Islamabad United are back in action and will look to get back to winning ways. IU needs Colin Muro and Usman Khawaja to start notching runs and take the burden off their slightly brittle batting order.
They have a profound batting roster led by the overseas duo of Usman Khawaja and Colin Munro. With Faheem Ashraf and Shadab Khan in decent form as well, Islamabad United will begin Friday’s PSL 2021 match as the clear favourites.
Possible playing XI: Usman Khawaja, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Hasan Ali, Colin Munro, Rohail Nazir (wk), Shadab Khan (c), Hussain Talat, Fawad Ahmed and Mohd Wasim Jr.
Their rivals, Quetta Gladiators, will play for their first game at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in PSL 2021 on Friday. Although they are entrenched at the foot of the points table, the Gladiators have got in the alterations, with Jack Wildermuth and Andre Russell adding some much-required stability to the team.
Wildermuth is a very shrewd pick in our belief and we all know what Andre Russell is proficient of but getting used to the conditions swiftly is going to be a test for all of these players. While Faf du Plessis remains crucial to their batting roster, all eyes will be on the duo of Azam Khan and Sarfaraz Ahmed in the middle-order.
Possible playing XI: Usman Khan, Faf du Plessis, Mohammad Nawaz, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c&wk), Azam Khan, Andre Russell, Zahid Mehmood, Mohammad Hasnain, Cameron Delport, Naseem Shah/Usman Khan Shinwari and Jack Wildermuth.
The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:
The wicket at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium is somewhat on the slower side, with the batters having to bide their time at the crease. New-ball bowlers should get the ball to swing and move around, with variants being important as the game progresses. Wickets in hand will be vital, with spin bowlers expected to play an enormous part in the middle overs. Anything over 160 should be a viable total as both sides will look to chase upon winning the toss.
Despite owning a young hitherto brilliant bowling attack, the Gladiators head into the match as minor underdogs. Nevertheless, their explosive batting roster could attest to be the difference in what assures to be an exciting PSL 2021 game in Abu Dhabi on Friday.
Islamabad United begin this game at the odds of 1.64, while the Quetta Gladiators are at 2.20. We are going to back Islamabad United to triumph this game. It has already played a game in Abu Dhabi and knows what to presume from the circumstances. It also has a superior batting penetration than the Quetta Gladiators and a bowling line-up that is talented of defending low targets.