Date: 11th June, 2021
Time: 9:30 PM (IST)
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
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The Pakistan Super League 2021 finally kicked off on Wednesday after a three-month hiatus. Friday sees only one game taking place with Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators taking on each other for the valuable two points.
While Islamabad resumed the tournament with a 5-wicket loss to Lahore Qalandars, Sarfaraz Ahmed's men are yet to play any game in phase 2 of the tournament. Islamabad have won three out of their five games played so far and have a net run rate of +0.145. On the other hand, Quetta are having a forgettable season with just one win to their name in the five games played so far in the edition. Their net run rate is -0.936.
Talking about the game of the two sides, Islamabad must be disappointed with their batting in the previous game in which they were limited to mere 143/9 in 20 overs. However, Quetta, on the other hand, would be expecting a change in fortunes, riding on the contributions from the likes of Faf du Plessis and Andre Russell.
Islamabad United's Faheem Ashraf is likely to miss the game as he had split his webbing in the previous match against Lahore Qalandars.
Head to Head (last 5 matches):
Islamabad United – 2
Quetta Gladiators – 3
Hasan Ali - Though he couldn't finish his spell properly in the previous game, Hasan Ali is still one of the finest players in the T20 circuit. With 8 victims from 5 games, the bowling all-rounder finds his name among the leading wicket-takers of the ongoing edition. His ability of playing quickfire knocks makes him further important for the team.
Sarfaraz Ahmed - The skipper of Quetta Gladiators is the leading run-scorer for his side. He has 185 runs to his name across 5 games at an average of 37.00 and a strike rate of 146.82.
Zahid Mahmood - The leg spinner has so far picked up 6 wickets from 4 games at an economy of 8.53. He can prove to be a key player on the Abu Dhabi pitch on Friday.
Probable Playing XI:
Islamabad United— Usman Khawaja, Colin Munro, Shadab Khan (c), Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf/Akif Javed, Rohail Nazir (wk), Hasan Ali, Fawad Ahmed, Mohammad Wasim Jr
Quetta Gladiators— Saim Ayub, Faf du Plessis, Usman Khan, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Azam Khan, Andre Russell, Mohammad Nawaz, Zahid Mahmood, Jack Wildermuth, Mohammad Hasnain, Zahir Khan