Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction PSL 2020 1st match - Quetta Gladiators v Islamabad United
The opening match of the Pakistan Super League 2020 will be played between Quetta Gladiators and Islamabad United at the National Stadium in Karachi.
Quetta Gladiators have been one of the most successful teams in the history of the Pakistan Super League. The team was unfortunate in the first couple of seasons and finished runners-up in 2016 and 2017. After missing the final in 2018, the team bounced back well to win the last edition.
They will take on Islamabad United who won the inaugural edition of the tournament and repeated their feat in 2018. The United lost in the Eliminator against Peshawar Zalmi to be knocked out of the tournament.
Shane Watson was the top run-scorer of the league last season and one of the biggest reasons why the Gladiators won the title. He will be crucial to the team's fortunes this year as well as he walks out to open the batting.
Mohammad Nawaz and Mohammad Hasnain were successful with the ball last year and continue to be part of the team. Naseem Shah will also be an exciting prospect to look out for.
The team possesses the power of Ahmed Shehzad, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Umar Akmal and Jason Roy with the bat and the death bowling skills of Tymal Mills and Keemo Paul.
Islamabad United's Luke Ronchi has been one of the most impactful PSL batsmen of all time and was the second-highest run-scorer for the team last year. All-rounders Faheem Ashraf and Shadab Khan starred with the ball last year with 21 and 11 wickets respectively and would be their premier bowlers this time as well.
Asif Ali, Amad Butt, Musa Khan, Dale Steyn, Colin Ingram, Colin Munro, Rumman Raees and Dawid Malan are the other big names in the Islamabad unit.
Let's have a look at the squads of both teams:
Quetta Gladiators - Mohammad Nawaz, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shane Watson, Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Hasnain, Ahsan Ali, Naseem Shah, Jason Roy, Ben Cutting, Sohail Khan, Tymal Mills, Abdul Nasir, Arish Ali Khan, Azam Khan, Keemo Paul (from March 7), Khurram Manzoor, Zahid Mehmood (until March 7)
Islamabad United - Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Asif Ali, Luke Ronchi, Hussain Talat, Amad Butt, Musa Khan, Rizwan Hussain, Dale Steyn, Colin Ingram, Colin Munro, Rumman Raees, Phil Salt, Zafar Gohar, Akif Javed, Ahmed Safi Abdullah, Saif Badar, Dawid Malan
Who will win the toss? - Islamabad United
Who will win? – Quetta Gladiators
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Shane Watson (Quetta Gladiators), Colin Ingram (Islamabad United)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Naseem Shah (Quetta Gladiators), Faheem Ashraf (Islamabad United)
Most Sixes – Umar Akmal (Quetta Gladiators), Colin Ingram (Islamabad United)
Player of the Match – Shane Watson
Team Scores Batting first – Quetta Gladiators 170+, Islamabad United 155+
Match Handicap Quetta Gladiators
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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