PSL Preview: Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators – Stats, Players to Watch Out, Probable Line-up & More

Chris Gayle, who was in top-class form, had to leave Quetta because of international commitments.
Sayanta Sengupta Author

Updated - 2 March 2021 11:32 am

Update:

The match between Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators has been officially postponed to 2nd March 2021. All the players of both the sides have tested negative and the match will take place at the National Stadium, Karachi at 7:30 PM IST.

Match delayed by two hours as Islamabad United player Fawad Ahmed tested positive for COVID-19.

Match Details

Date: 1st March 2021
Time: 7:30 PM (IST)
Venue: National Stadium, Karachi

Preview:

In match number 12 of the ongoing high-octane Pakistan Super League, Islamabad United square off against Quetta Gladiators. Both teams need a win to get their proceedings back on track. The last time United played a match, it ended up being a one-sided affair. Reminds you of the 2019-20 season? Islamabad United led by Shadab have got all the ingredients of winning the title this season. Though they are currently at the fourth position in the points table, they have it in themselves to rule the roost. Alex Hales and Paul Stirling need to give United a good start for them to get confidence.

Quetta, on the other hand, have had dwindling fortunes this season. They lost all three matches they have played so far. This surmounts the pressure on skipper Sarfraz Ahmed even though his batting has witnessed some glorious moments this season. In 3 matches, he has plundered 128 runs at an average of 42.67. But sadly he has not found able support from his other comrades. Chris Gayle, who was in top-class form, had to leave Quetta because of international commitments. A tough task lies ahead for the Gladiators.

Team News

Islamabad United:
There are no injury news or updates at the present moment. Will update if there is any. Shadab Khan and Alex Hales will be the men to watch out for.

Quetta Gladiators:
Chris Gayle left the Quetta camp because of international commitments. Faf du Plessis replaces him into the squad. Sarfraz Ahmed and du Plessis will be the men to watch out for.

Head to Head

Matches Played: 11

Islamabad United: 4

Quetta Gladiators: 7

Players to watch out (T20I stats):

Sarfraz Ahmed:
Runs: 812 | HS: 89*

Alex Hales:
Runs: 1644| HS: 116*

Shadab Khan:
Runs: 183|Wickets:53 |AVG: 22.6

Probable Playing XI

Islamabad United:
Phil Salt (wk), Alex Hales, Shadab Khan (c), Faheem Ashraf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Hussain Talat, Asif Ali, Lewis Gregory, Zafar Gohar, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Wasim Jr

Quetta Gladiators:
Saim Ayub, Faf du Plessis, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c and wk), Azam Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Ben Cutting, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Hasnain, Usman Shinwari, Zahid Mahmood, Dale Steyn