Date: 15th June, 2021
Time: 6:30 PM (IST)
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
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In the match no. 23 of the ongoing Pakistan Super League, Quetta Gladiators are set to lock horns with Lahore Qalandars. Both the sides have had completely contrasting season so far which makes this clash quite interesting. While Sohail Akhtar's side come into this contest on the back of 5 wins in 7 matches, the Gladiators on the other hand, have been victorious only once in the tournament.
A brilliant bowling display from James Faulkner, Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf did not prove to be enough for Qalandars in the previous contest as they were defeated by Islamabad United by 28 runs. On the other hand, the Gladiators were completely outplayed by Peshawar Zalmi who won the match by 61 runs. With both sides coming on the back of losses, the stakes will be quite high in this crucial contest on Tuesday.
Head to Head
Quetta Gladiators: 6
Lahore Qalandars: 5
Faf du Plessis suffered from concussion in the match against Peshawar Zalmi and was substituted by Saim Ayub who is expected to start against the Qalandars. There aren't any other injury concerns in either teams.
The Gladiators captain has been the most impressive player for them with the bat, having scored 223 runs in 7 matches at an average of 37.17. Sarfaraz Ahmed holds the key in the middle-order and will have to play a big knock against the Qalandars.
The left-handed opener has amassed 243 runs in 7 matches for Lahore Qalandars at an impressive average of 40.50. Fakhar Zaman has had some mixed outings in the last few matches and he would certainly want to get into the groove ahead of the play-offs.
The left-arm pacer is having another scintillating season in PSL as he has already scalped 12 wickets in 7 matches. Apart from regularly getting breakthroughs for his side, Shaheen Afridi has also been very economical conceding only 7.14 runs per over.
Probable Playing XI
Usman Khan, Saim Ayub, Jake Weatherald, Cameron Delport, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c/wk), Azam Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Khurram Shehzad, Zahid Mahmood, Mohammad Hasnain, Zahir Khan
Fakhar Zaman, Sohail Akhtar (c), Muhammad Faizan, Mohammad Hafeez, Ben Dunk (wk), Tim David, James Faulkner, Rashid Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Ahmed Daniyal