PSL 2018: Match 28 - Quetta Gladiators v Islamabad United - Preview
Game: 28th Match, Quetta Gladiators v Islamabad United
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium
Timings: 04:00 PM / 08:00 PM Local
Quetta Gladiators will be desperate to seal a top two-finish when they face table-toppers Islamabad United in their final group stage game of the Pakistan Super League in Sharjah.
Quetta had a chance to go to 12 points last night but were blown away by a Fakhar Zaman special as they went on to concede 186. Chasing the total Jason Roy on his maiden outing this season got them off to a promising start but were unable to tackle the spinners as Sunil Narine and Yasir Shah claimed two wickets apiece and despite Rilee Rossouw's brilliance, they fell short off the target by 17 runs. Nevertheless, with Roy, Shane Watson, Kevin Pietersen and Rilee Rossouw they have invested heavily on their overseas batsmen and might fancy bringing in Ben Laughlin or John Hastings to their bowling ranks.
Having already sealed a top two place finish, Islamabad might be pondering to give chance to their fringe players but they will be wary not to lose their momentum of five-game winning streak. Luke Ronchi has been consistent of three half-centuries in last four games while JP Duminy has been solid without not threatening much. The return of Alex Hales from international duty is a welcoming sign while his Nottinghamshire team-mate Samit Patel has been constantly providing breakthroughs along with Shadab Khan and Faheem Ashraf.
Head to Head Record:
The two teams have faced each other six times with both Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators winning three apiece.
Islamabad United: Mohammad Sami, Andre Russell, Rumman Raees, Shadab Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Samuel Badree, Iftikhar Ahmed, Amad Butt, Asif Ali, JP Duminy, Luke Ronchi, Faheem Ashraf, Sam Billings, Zafar Gohar, Sahibzada Farhan, Hussain Talat, Alex Hales, Steven Finn (replaced David Willey), Mohammad Hasan, Mohammad Hasnain (injured), Rohail Nazir, Samit Patel, Chadwick Walton
Quetta Gladiators: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Rilee Rossouw, Jason Roy, Kevin Pietersen, Rameez Raja, Asad Shafiq, Shane Watson, Umar Amin, Mohammad Nawaz, Mahmudullah, Jofra Archer, Saad Ali, Saud Shakeel, Rashid Khan, Anwar Ali, Hassan Khan Mohammad, Mir Hamza, Rahat Ali
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Prediction: Following their disappointing defeat to Lahore yesterday, Quetta will be looking to topple table leaders Islamabad in the top of the table clash. Most cricket betting odds will be favouring a Lahore win and you can follow all the action at out Tournament Centre here - PSL 2018
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