Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators PSL 2021
The 18th match of the 2021 Pakistan Super League between Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators will be played at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Friday.
Two-time PSL Champions, Islamabad United, will be looking to re-start their campaign on a positive note. With three wins out of four matches played earlier this year, United will have the opportunity to go to the top of the table in this fixture. In their previous game, Quetta managed to break their four-match losing streak with a comfortable win over Multan Sultans.
In the previous four meetings between the two teams, Quetta has dominated with three victories to their name.
Islamabad United will be coached by former South African spinner Johan Botha and led by this Shadab Khan this year. The team is currently placed third in the league table with six points to their name.
Alex Hales (firstname.lastname@example.org) is currently leading the batting charts for Islamabad United this season. England opener won’t be available as he will be representing Nottinghamshire in the Vitality T20 Blast competition.
Australia opener Usman Khuwaja has been signed as a replacement for Alex Hales. Colin Munro, Janneman Malan, Brandon King, Fawad Ahmed, and Ali Khan are their overseas players.
Usman Khuwaja is the player to watch out for Derbyshire Falcons. The 34-year-old has showcased his talent with the bat in the Big Bash League and will be looking to make an impact with the bat for Islamabad United this season.
Hasan Ali (6 email@example.com) is currently leading the bowling charts for Islamabad United. The right-arm quick will be keen to continue his decent form with the bat.
Besides Hasan Ali, Mohammad Wasim, Akif Javed, Muhammad Musa, and Ali are other pace bowling options for the side, whereas Shadab Khan, Zafar Gohar, and Fawad Ahmed are prominent spinners for this season.
Quetta Gladiators will be coached by former Pakistan captain and wicket-keeper Moeen Ali and led by Sarfaraz Ahmed this year.
Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed (185 @ 37.00) is currently the leading run-scorer for Quetta Gladiators at the moment
Besides Sarfaraz Ahmed, the onus will be on the likes of Usman Khan, Azam Khan, and Faf du Plessis to deliver the bulk of the runs.
Former South African captain Faf du Plessis, Afghanistan spinner Qais Ahmed, and Australian Jack Weatherald are their overseas players.
Faf du Plessis is the player to watch out for Quetta Gladiators. Earlier this year, du Plessis decided to retire from Test cricket to prolong his white-ball career. In the IPL, du Plessis showed excellent form for Chennai Super Kings at the top of the innings.
Pacer Mohammad Hasnain (6 wickets @26.16) and Leg-spinner Zahid Mehmood (6 wickets @ 21.33) are currently leading the bowling charts for Quetta Gladiators.
The wicket prepared for the game will provide a tight contest between bat and ball.
Players in form
Faf du Plessis has shown exceptional form with the bat in the T20 format. Former South African captain will be looking to make an impression with the bat for Gladiators.
Given his match-winning ability with the bat, Faf du Plessis will be looking to bring their A-game to the table.
Quetta Gladiators will heart from the fact that they have an excellent head-to-head record against Islamabad United.
In the previous meeting between the two teams, Islamabad United registered a comfortable six-wicket win over Quetta Gladiators.
After analysis of both the teams, Islamabad United will fancy their chances of beating Quetta Gladiators.
With the likes of Usman Khuwaja, Colin Munro and Shadab Khan in their squad, Islamabad United will be looking to produce a clinical batting performance.
On the other hand, Quetta Gladiators will have to raise their overall game in a bid to compete with United in this fixture.
Expect Islamabad United to register a comprehensive win over Quetta Gladiators.