Quetta Gladiators. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Match Details:

The 9th match of the Pakistan Super League 2020 will be played between Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi.

The match starts at 7:00 PM local time (2:00 PM GMT) (7:30 PM IST). This match will be live on DSport in India.

Preview for Dream11 Fantasy:

Islamabad United is leading the charts with two consecutive wins. They have four points in their three games that have helped them in taking the prime position in the league table. United’s players in batting and bowling have done an impressive job so far in the tournament.

Luke Ronchi, Colin Munro and Dawid Malan have clicked at least one brilliant knock each for their side whereas their bowling unit consists of Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan and Amad Butt, which has successfully managed put restriction on the run-flow against the opponents. These factors make them the favourites to clinch the upcoming match.

Quetta Gladiators are poised just below Islamabad United with same points and run rate is the margin between the two. However, they look quite inconsistent due to their players’ performances. They boast a strong batting line up that comprises of some T20 specialist batsmen like Jason Roy, Shane Watson and Ahmed Shehzad, who are a nightmare for any bowler. However, they have failed to perform as one unit and Gladiators will be hopeful that this trio would fire in the upcoming clash.

Weather Condition/Report:

There are slight chances of rain but it will not affect the length of the match. The wind will be blowing at a rate of 9 to 13 km/hr whereas the temperature will hover between 13 and 26 Degree Celsius throughout the day according to Accuweather. It is expected to be overcast conditions on the match day.

Pitch Condition/Report:

The track at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium is expected to offer a stiff battle between bat and ball. The side batting first will have an edge as far as the stats of this ground are concerned. In the second innings, the ball starts getting turn from the wicket due to which the batters find it hard to play their strokes effortlessly. The side batting first can easily score around 170 + runs in the game that is easily defendable at this venue.

Average first innings score: 171 (T20 games played at this venue)

Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 3

Injury and Availability:

(Will update if there is any news)

Probable Playing XIs:

Quetta Gladiators:

Shane Watson, Jason Roy, Ahmed Shehzad, Sarfaraz Ahmed (C & WK), Azam Khan, Anwar Ali, Ben Cutting /Tymal Mills, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Hasnain, Sohail Khan, Fawad Ahmed

Bench – Ben Cutting /Tymal Mills, Abdul Nasir, Keemo Paul, Aatish Ali, Zahid Mehmood, Naseem Shah, Khurram Manzoor, Ahsan Ali

Islamabad United:

Luke Ronchi (WK), Colin Munro, Dawid Malan, Colin Ingram, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan (c), Akif Javed/Ahmed Safi Abdullah, Hussain Talat, Muhammad Musa, Amad Butt.

Bench –Zafar Gohar, Phil Salt, Saif Badar, Akif Javed/Ahmed Safi Abdullah, Rumman Raees

Top Picks:

Dawid Malan is currently the leading run-scorer for Islamabad United with 121 runs in three games. So, he will be an obvious pick for any fantasy team. Jason Roy and Azam Khan are going to be another favourite pick as far as their form is concerned with the bat. Muhammad Musa is the leading wicket-taker for Islamabad United in PSL 2020. And, he is going to be a perfect player in the bowlers’ category for any fantasy team.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain – Colin Ingram, Luke Ronchi, Colin Munro

Vice-Captain – Dawid Malan, Jason Roy, Shane Watson

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Luke Ronchi (C)

Batters –Colin Munro, Dawid Malan, Shane Watson, Jason Roy (VC)

All-Rounders – Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan

Bowlers –Musa Khan, Amad Butt, Tymal Mills, Mohammad Hasnain


Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Luke Ronchi, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Azam Khan

BattersColin Munro (VC), Dawid Malan (C), Jason Roy

All-Rounders – Hussain Talat, Mohammad Nawaz

Bowlers –Musa Khan, Fawad Ahmed, Mohammad Hasnain


Expert Advice:

The users should go with some hard-hitting batsman as far as the pitch conditions for the match between Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators. However, the difference between a win and lose will be decided on the performances of the all-rounders.

User Tips: The user can opt for a team combination of one wicketkeeper, four batsmen,  two all-rounders and four bowlers.

Probable Winners:

Islamabad United are expected to win the match.

*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.