Islamabad United Vs Quetta Gladiators, Match 17, PSL 2021
Match: Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators
Date: 6th March 2021
Place (venue): National Stadium, Karachi
Tournament: Pakistan Super League 2020-21
Caption: Will Quetta Gladiators open their points account in the league while playing against Islamabad United on Saturday?
- Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators, both have played 12 matches against each other, out of which Quetta Gladiators have won 7 matches and Islamabad United have won 5 out of that.
- Alex Hales is the current leading run-scorer for Islamabad United and has scored 139 runs from 4 matches while for Quetta Gladiators, Sarfaraz Ahmed is a leading run-scorer with 182 runs from 4 matches.
- In the last 5 encounters, Quetta Gladiators have won 3 matches while Islamabad United have won 2 matches.
This is the 17th match of the season going to be played at National Stadium, Karachi, on Saturday between Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators. Islamabad United is playing well this season while Quetta Gladiators are yet to score a point in the league and are not up to the mark this season.
Currently, Islamabad United have won 3 matches from their 4 games and they are in 2nd place in the points table with 6 points. For Quetta Gladiators, this season is a tough one as they have not won any game from their past 4 matches, and they are at the bottom of the table with 0 points. Islamabad United defeated Quetta Gladiators in the 1st match between them this season.
This match will be important for both sides as Islamabad United will be looking forward to continuing their winning momentum in the league while for Quetta Gladiators it’s a match to open their point account in the league on Saturday.
Islamabad United Preview:
Islamabad United is looking very strong this season as they have won 3 out of their 4 games so far. In their first match against Multan Sultans, they have easily chased down the target of 51 runs while in the second match against Karachi Kings, again they have shown successful run chase of 197 runs with the help of Alex Hales’ 46 from 21 and Iftikhar Ahmed’s 49 from 37 balls.
In their third game against Peshawar Zalmi, United’s batting lineup collapsed down to just 118 runs in 20 overs which cost them a defeat. Again only Alex Hales managed to score 41 from 27 balls. Again in the last match against Quetta Gladiators, they have managed to chase down the target of 157 runs easily and claimed victory over Gladiators.
Alex Hales is looking into good form with the bat and has scored 139 runs from 4 matches at an average of 34.75. While in the bowling department, Hasan Ali has taken 6 wickets from the last 4 games in this tournament. Overall, United are looking good in all fields and they will be looking forward to winning a game against Gladiators on Saturday.
Here are the top batsmen and bowlers for Islamabad United.
Key players for IU:
Islamabad United Probable Playing XI:
Paul Stirling, Rohail Nazir(wk), Alex Hales, Shadab Khan(c), Hussain Talat, Asif Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Musa.
Quetta Gladiators Preview:
Quetta Gladiators have been struggling so far in this tournament and lost all the first 4 games they have played. In the first match against Karachi Kings, they have managed to out just 121 runs on the board and Kings had easily chased down that target.
In the third match against Peshwar Zalmi, the Gladiators have managed to put a high score on the board with the help of Sarfaraz Ahmed’s 81 from 40 balls. But while defending the target, they had failed terribly and Zalmi have won the game easily by chasing the target of 199 runs. In the last match against Islamabad United, Gladiator’s batting lineup again collapsed, and they have scored only 156 runs which were easily chased down by the opponent team.
In the batting department, Captain, Sarfaraz Ahmed has scored 182 runs on the board so far from 4 innings, while in the bowling department, Zaheed Mahmood has taken 4 wickets from 3 games. Overall Gladiator’ss squad is struggling this season and they will be looking forward to overcoming on Saturday against Islamabad United.
Here are the top batsmen and bowlers for Quetta Gladiators.
Top players for QG
Quetta Gladiators Probable Playing XI
Saim Ayub, Cameron Delport, Faf du Plessis, Sarfaraz Ahmed(c/wk), Azam Khan, Ben Cutting, Mohammad Nawaz, Zahid Mahmood, Dale Steyn, Mohammad Hasnain, Naseem Shah.
The venue for this match is National Stadium, Karachi. This ground is the 11th one in the first-class format in Pakistan’s domestic grounds and one of the prime grounds in Pakistan’s domestic seasons which had conducted many domestic leagues and PSL matches before.
The ground has conducted just 4 T20I games so far and suitable for defending the totals. The team who batted first have won 3 out of 4 matches on this ground. It offers a good advantage for bowlers while defending the target in the second half of the game. It will be good for the team to win the toss and choose to bat first on this ground.
Pitch and Weather Report
The weather is clear on match day and there is a 0% chance of precipitation. The maximum and minimum temperature of the ground will be in the range of 29°C-21°C respectively.
By looking at both teams and their current form, Islamabad United have an edge over Quetta Gladiators as Gladiators are yet to open their point account in the league. Gladiators are struggling in batting as well bowling department but on the other hand, United are looking stronger side this season and have a perfect squad in all fields. United will be looking to continue their winning momentum against Gladiators in this second match between them on Saturday.
We predict that Islamabad United will defeat Quetta Gladiators.
Disclaimer: Our match previews are fully researched but as per the nature of the game, anything is possible on the match day. You are advised to decide for yourself when betting on a team. Thanks.