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PSL 2018: Match 9 - Islamabad United v Quetta Gladiators Preview

Steven Finn impressed in his last outing for Islamabad
Steven Finn impressed in his last outing for Islamabad
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Both Quetta Gladiators and Islamabad United will be hoping to get a move in the table as they lock horns with each other in the ninth game of the Pakistan Super League at Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium.

Islamabad United:

They did manage to overcome their defeat against Peshawar Zalmi with a five-wicket win over Multan Sultans. Misbah-ul-Haq's hamstring injury meant Rumman Raees was handed the responsibility of leading the side very early in his career. He did respond well in the game against Multan, claiming three wickets including the prized scalp of Kumar Sangakkara and conceded just 13 runs. With Mohammad Sami also consistent and Steven Finn also showing a glimpse of his ability the bowling looks fairly complete with Shadab Khan too among the line-up. It will be the batting that will be an area of concern for 2016 champions, and they will be desperately hoping for their internationals Luke Ronchi, Chadwick Walton and Andre Russell to deliver the goods. A win on Wednesday can boost their morale and lift them to the third position in the table.

Quetta Gladiators:

The finalists of both the previous seasons looked rusty in their opening game against Karachi Kings but proved their dominance in the second game against Lahore Qalandars. Shane Watson picked three wickets in the first game and scored a blistering half-century in the second game while the likes of Jofra Archer and Mohammad Nawaz looked formidable. The presence of Kevin Pietersen, Sarfraz Ahmed, and Rilee Rossouw meant they have enough firepower in the middle over and can look dangerous if the top order lay a solid platform for the trio to launch themselves. A win against Islamabad United will take them to the second position in the table.

Head to Head Record:

The two teams have faced each other five times with Islamabad United winning three out of it and Quetta Gladiators emerging victorious in the other two.

Squads:

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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