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PSL 2018: Match 26 - Quetta Gladiators v Lahore Qalandars - Preview

Kevin Pietersen will be a key performer for Quetta Gladiators
Kevin Pietersen will be a key performer for Quetta Gladiators
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Game: 26th match, Quetta Gladiators v Lahore Qalandars
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah
Timings: 04:00 PM GMT / 08:00 PM Local

Having already claimed a place in the play-off Quetta Gladiators will be aiming to finish in the top two when they take on bottom-placed Lahore Qalandars in the 25th game of the Pakistan Super League in Sharjah.

A win for Islamabad United against Multan Sultans on Tuesday has made life easy for Quetta as their 10 points in the group stage will be enough to take them through even if they lose both their remaining games. After a shaky start to the tournament that saw them lose three and win two in the first five games, they are currently on a three-game winning streak and much of credit for the revival should go to all-rounder Shane Watson. His unbeaten 90 against Karachi Kings was one of arguably better knock of the season and to go with his four wickets in last three games is more than handy. They have enough firepower with Kevin Pietersen and Rilee Rossouw accompanying Watson and Sarfraz Ahmed down the order can be the finisher.

Lahore Qalandars have won back to back games for the first time in the history of the tournament and they were on the winning side of the Super Over against Karachi Kings after losing one earlier. Shaheen Afridi bowled the spell of the tournament with figures of 4/5 against Multan Sultans while Sohail Khan impressed with three wickets in the tied game against Karachi Kings. Brendon McCullum has moved down the order to take up the role of the finisher leaving Anton Devcich to provide the impetus at the top. They will be aiming to win their last two games and finish the season on a high.

Head to Head Record:

The two teams have played each other five times with Quetta winning the last four encounters and having a 4-1 record against Lahore.

Squads:

Lahore Qalandars: Fakhar Zaman, Anton Devcich, Agha Salman, Sunil Narine, Brendon McCullum (captain), Sohail Akhtar, Sohail Khan, Mitchell McClenaghan, Gulraiz Sadaf (wk), Yasir Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Umar Akmal, Denesh Ramdin, Aamer Yamin, Bilal Asif, Cameron Delport, Ghulam Mudassar, Bilawal Bhatti, Kyle Abbott, Raza Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Salman Irshad, Imran Khan jnr

Quetta Gladiators: Asad Shafiq, Shane Watson, Kevin Pietersen, Rameez Raja, Rilee Rossouw, Sarfraz Ahmed (captain / wk), Anwar Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Khan, Ben Laughlin, Rahat Ali, Jason Roy, Umar Amin, Mahmudullah, Mir Hamza, Rashid Khan, Saad Ali, Saud Shakeel, John Hastings, Chris Green

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Prediction: Quetta will be favourites to win this match against the bottom side in the league. For all the latest cricket betting tips on the game and latest score updates, player news and latest standings in the League Table, you can visit our PSL 2018 section here.

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