Quetta Gladiators will face off against Lahore Qalandars in the 23rd Pakistan Super League match. Cricket betting will be at an all-time high for this fixture. The last-placed team versus the second-placed side should mean only one thing, which is an advantage to the latter. However, there is no guarantee that a team will win and the other will lose. That would be the case in this fixture too, though the odds clearly favour the team from Lahore.
Quetta are in a fragile situation on the table. If they lose any more, their chances at an elusive PSL title are shut. Sarfaraz Khan and company suffered through the Pakistan leg of the league and now their form has hardly improved at Abu Dhabi. They’ve roped in handy youngsters in Cameron Delport, Mohammad Nawaz, Zahir Khan, Mohammad Hasnain, Khurram Shahzad and Zahid Mahmood. The team can only reap the youth if Sarfaraz uses them well. Could be a good cricket match if their team shows up and they can perform.
Quetta Gladiator Squad: Sarfaraz Ahmed (c), Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Azam Khan, Zahid Mahmood, Anwar Ali, Usman Shinwari, Cameron Delport, Abdul Nasir, Arish Ali Khan, Usman Khan, Saim Ayub, Faf du Plessis, Andre Russell, Hassan Khan, Jack Wildermuth, Jake Weatherald, Khurram Shahzad, Zahir Khan, Qais Ahmad
Lahore Qalandars look comfortable on the points table. Sohail Akhtar and the company have somehow found the correct balance between bat and ball. Sohail Akhtar and Fakhar Zaman look solid at the top and with Hafeez’s experience down the order, the batting looks in safe hands. Only if Ben Dunk closes well, the Qalandars can touch 170 easily.
Bowling wise, Rashid Khan’s presence has been a big boost for Lahore. Khan with Shaheen Afridi, James Faulkner and Haris Rauf make one of the best bowling attacks in PSL.
Lahore Qalandars Squad: Sohail Akhtar (c), Ahmed Danyal, Ben Dunk, Callum Ferguson, Dilbar Hussain, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, James Faulkner, Maaz Khan, Mohammad Faizan, Mohammad Hafeez, Rashid Khan, Salman Ali Agha, Seekuge Prasanna, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sultan Ahmed (replaces Joe Burns), Tim David, Zaid Alam and Zeeshan Ashraf.
Lahore Qalandars and Quetta Gladiators have faced each other 11 times in PSL. Qalandars have won 6 matches and Gladiators have emerged victorious on 5 occasions.
Sheikh Zayed Stadium presents a dry pitch, which means spinners and batsmen will be looking forward to the contest. The first innings average score on the pitch is approximately 162 runs. Given Quetta’s poor form, Lahore could see this match as an opportunity to strengthen their position on the table.
Date and Time:
June 15, 2021, 6:30 PM IST
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi