KARACHI: Former champions Quetta Gladiators might be aiming to maintain their hopes of successful PSL 6 alive after they tackle two-time champion Islamabad United in match 18 of the Pakistan Tremendous League at Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed stadium tonight (Friday).
Whereas the Islamabad United have been defeated in first recreation performed on Wednesday after PSL’s resumption, Sarfaraz Ahmed’s aspect might be in motion for the primary time in Abu Dhabi.
After struggling the setback in opposition to Lahore Qalandars, Shadab Khan’s Islamabad United might be aiming to get better themselves on this match.
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They went right down to the Qalandars by 5 wickets after a disappointing batting show and solely managed to place up 143 for 9 on the board after being despatched to bat by Lahore.
Their solely batsman, who may rating within the 20s was Faheem Ashraf. However with a hand damage, Ashraf is about to overlook Friday’s match.
Though the batting was a let down for Shadab, his bowlers did fairly nicely, with Hasan Ali taking two wickets within the dropping trigger. Fawad Ahmed and Wasim Jnr appeared in good type however they didn’t have sufficient runs on the board to defend.
The Quetta Gladiators are the bottom-placed workforce in PSL 2021. They received solely certainly one of their first 5 matches earlier than the occasion was suspended after they had defeated Multan Sultans by 22 runs as Usman Khan hammered 81 within the final accomplished match in Karachi.
The Gladiators might be banking on Andre Russell, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Faf du Plessis and Azam Khan with the bat as they’re sure they’ll’t afford one other defeat within the event.
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That is the second leg match between the 2 sides. United had defeated Gladiators on March 1 in Karachi. Nonetheless, all of the contributors of the earlier win should not out there to Islamabad on Friday.
Whereas Faheem Ashraf, who took 3 wickets then, is out because of damage. Alex Hales (scored 56) and Paul Stirling (scored 23 off 13) should not out there for the Abu Dhabi leg.
Quetta Gladiators get pleasure from a 7-5 edge over Islamabad United in 12 matches performed between the 2 sides to this point and Sarfaraz Ahmed might be trying ahead to increase this run.
Gamers to observe
Andre Russel, Faf du Plessis (Quetta Gladiators)
Colin Munro, Hasan Ali (Islamabad United)
Quetta Gladiators: Sarfaraz Ahmed (c), Abdul Nasir, Andre Russell (partially out there), Arish Ali Khan, Azam Khan, Cameron Delport, Faf du Plessis, Hassan Khan, Jack Wildermuth, Jake Weatherald, Khurram Shehzad, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Saim Ayub, Usman Khan, Usman Shinwari, Zahid Mahmood and Zahir Khan.
Islamabad United: Shadab Khan (c), Ahmed Saifi Abdullah, Ali Khan, Akif Javed, Asif Ali, Brandon King, Colin Munro, Fawad Ahmed, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Mohammad Akhlaq, Musa Khan, Rohail Nazir, Umar Amin, Usman Khawaja, Zafar Gohar and Zeeshan Zameer.
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