The 17th match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2019 will be played between Lahore Qalandars and Quetta Gladiators at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
It’s going to be a battle between pace and power-hitting when Lahore Qalandars take on Quetta Gladiators in the first Pakistan Super League fixture for the day at the Dubai Cricket Stadium today.
The Qalandars currently sit fifth on the points table with two wins from five matches. On the other hand, the Gladiators are at the top with a perfect record of four wins out of five.
Quetta have had an upper hand over Lahore Qalandars and have won five of the seven matches played between the two teams. However, Lahore Qalandars are looking a bit better this time as compared to the previous years despite losses.
Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Timing: 04:30 PM PKT
Weather: Weather is expected to be clear with a few clouds into the afternoon.
Conditions / Pitch Report: The Dubai surface should suit the spin bowlers but there is enough in the balanced pitch for the batsmen and seamers too. The pitch has been decent enough for batting, especially in the second half of a game.
Head to Head:
Matches: 7 | Lahore Qaladars: 2 | Quetta Gladiators: 5 | NR: 0
- Lahore Qalandars 143/7 lost to Quetta Gladiators 148/7
Lahore Qalandars: L W L W L (completed matches, most recent first)
Quetta Gladiators: L W W W W
1. Lahore Qalandars
he team made three changes for the last game against Quetta Gladiators as Agha Salman, Brendan Taylor and Shaheen Afridi made way for Gauhar Ali, Corey Anderson and Yasir Shah. Fakhar Zaman and AB de Villiers are their lead batsmen and both have notched up a couple of good knocks each.
AB b de Villiers has also been named the captain in the absence of Mohammad Hafeez and has been doing a fine job. Sohail Akhtar will continue to open the batting along with Fakhar Zaman. Salman Butt will bat at No. 3.
The team also has an all-rounder in Corey Anderson who is capable of scoring a few quick runs. A big change has been due to their bowling lineup which has Haris Rauf and Rahat Ali both of whom have hit the straps since the beginning of the tournament. Sandeep Lamichhane has also joined the team which has further strengthened their bowling order.
Lahore Qalandar’s Probable XI:
1. Fakhar Zaman, 2. Sohail Akhtar, 3. AB de Villiers, 4. Corey Anderson, 5. Gauhar Ali (wk), 6. David Wiese, 7. Sandeep Lamichhane, 8. Salman Butt, 9. Rahat Ali, 10. Shaheen Afridi, 11. Haris Rauf
2. Quetta Gladiators
Quetta will be captained by Sarfraz Ahmed who will also keep wickets and bat down the order. Watson should open the batting. Not sure how much bowling he will do.
Quetta Gladiators are expected to field the same playing XI in this match. Shane Watson will open the batting along with Ahsan Ali while Rilee Rossouw will come at one drop. Both Watson and Rossouw have been in good touch and have shouldered the batting responsibility.
Umar Akmal has been there spearhead and is the leading run-scorer of the tournament. Among the bowlers, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Nawaz and Ghulam Mudassar will be the main threats
Quetta Gladiator’s Probable XI:
1. Sarfraz Ahmed, 2. Shane Watson, 3. DR Smith, 4. Rilee Rossouw, 5. Umar Akmal, 6. Ahsan Ali, 7. Anwar Ali, 8. Mohammad Nawaz, 9. Sohail Tanvir, 10. Fawad Ahmed, 11. Ghulam Mudassar
Players to watch:
1. Shane Watson – All-Rounder, Quetta Gladiators
Shane Watson is always a dangerous player when it comes to the shortest format of the game. One of the most powerful hitters of the ball, Watson doesn’t need any time to adjust and can switch gears in an instant.
2. Ab de Villiers – Batsman, Lahore Qalandars
What Shane Watson is to Lahore Qalandars, Ab de Villiers is to Lahore Qalandars. De Villiers is a natural when it comes to big knocks and could be a lethal player for the Lahore Qalandars. A player of his quality is always a danger for opposition bowlers as he often tends to take the game away with his maximums.
3. Umar Akmal – Batsman, Quetta Gladiators
Gladiators needed someone to play an innings according to the stipulations. Umar is one of the best hitter of the ball in the world and can dismantle any bowling attack on his day. Akmal is in top form and had scored an unbeaten 74,18 and 44 in the first two matches.
4. David Wiese – All-rounder, Lahore Qalandars
South African all-rounder David Wiese is a utility player. While there may be someone who steals the spotlight, Wiese will be very consistent for Qalandars. Wiese reads the game very well and tunes his batting accordingly.