Quetta Gladiators vs Islamabad United: Islamabad United have taken the top spot on the table with 12 points, after defeating Multan Sultans by 33 runs in the last outing; they will now take on Quetta Gladiators, who are placed 2nd with 10 points, at Sharjah on 15th March for the 28th game of the league.
United have won four consecutive games and seems to be a formidable force to reckon with; however, the last time they faced Gladiators, they had lost the match by 6 wickets. It needs to be seen if the United’s winning juggernaut is brought to a halt by the Gladiators yet again on Thursday.
- Quetta Gladiators defeated Islamabad United convincingly when the two sides met earlier.
- Islamabad United have won three of their past four matches played against Quetta Gladiators.
- Islamabad have a stronger batting lineup than Quetta who rely heavily on Shane Watson.
Who Will Win Quetta Gladiators vs Islamabad United, PSL 2018?
Quetta Gladiators are set to take on Islamabad United in the 28th fixture of the Pakistan Super League 2018. This top-of-the-table clash is scheduled to be played on March 15 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Live action will begin at 8 PM local time.
Quetta Gladiators vs Islamabad United: Where to Watch/Live Streaming
TV channels: Ten Sports, DSport, PTV Sports
Live Streaming: Bet365, CricketGateWay
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Except Shane Watson, no other batsman has been able to score runs consistently which seems to be a big problem for the Gladiators. Not only is the Australian all-rounder one of the leading run-scorers of PSL 3, he has also taken the most wickets for his team which makes him a valuable asset in this line-up. While the Gladiators need the likes of Kevin Pietersen, Rilee Rossouw and Sarfraz Ahmed to step up with the bat, they will be expecting a good bowling performance from Ben Laughlin, Rahat Ali and Mohammad Nawaz.
Quetta Gladiators Predicted Playing 11
- Sarfraz Ahmed (c/wk), Shane Watson, Kevin Pietersen, Anwar Ali, Ben Laughlin, Rilee Rossouw, Asad Shafiq, Rameez Raja, Rahat Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Khan
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Their top three in Luke Ronchi, JP Duminy and Alex Hales form the core of the team’s batting. Ronchi who is currently second on the runs charts smashed his third fifty of the season in the last game against Multan Sultans and he will be expected to play a similar knock in this match. Faheem Ashraf, Samit Patel and Mohammad Sami have been very impressive with the ball and it will be mainly up to these three to apply pressure on the Gladiators. Islamabad will back Ashraf to strike early with the new ball.
Islamabad United Predicted Playing 11
- Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Mohammad Sami, Jean-Paul Duminy, Luke Ronchi (wk), Samit Patel, Alex Hales, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Amad Butt, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf
Quetta Gladiators vs Islamabad United Prediction
Although Quetta Gladiators and Islamabad United are already through to the playoffs, there will be no drop in intensity levels from both these teams as they will want to finish at the top of the points table at the end of the league stage. Quetta inflicted a nine-wicket defeat on Islamabad when these two teams met in the fifth game of the ongoing season. However, the latter have won three of their past four matches played against the former which will give them a psychological edge heading into this game. Islamabad also possess more batting strength and we therefore predict them to win this match.
Final Verdict: Back Islamabad United to beat Quetta Gladiators.