Mohammad Hafeez. (Photo by ARIF ALI/AFP via Getty Images)

Match Details:

The 21st match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 will be played between Lahore Qalandars and Quetta Gladiators at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

The match will start 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

The caravan of the 5th edition of the Pakistan Super League rolls on and the 21st match will see defending champions Quetta Gladiators lock horns with Lahore Qalandars in what is expected to be a crucial encounter for both sides.

Both sides come into this game, desperate for a win to revive what has been a disastrous campaign thus far, especially for Lahore Qalandars. The Qalandars have managed just a solitary win in their first five games and they come into this game on the back of a 71-run defeat at the hands of Islamabad United.

Quetta Gladiators, on the other hand, have managed three wins in their first seven games and they come into this game after having suffered a 30-run defeat at the hands of Peshawar Zalmi after they failed to chase down 170.

Weather Condition/Report

Unfortunately, thunderstorms are set to be the order of the day in Lahore on Saturday if the weather reports are to be believed. According to the report, the temperature is set to fluctuate between 11 and 19 degrees Celsius while the humidity is set to hover around 79%. Chances of rain- 60℅


Pitch Condition/Report:

The past three games at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore has seen high-scoring fixtures with the first innings score reading: 5-209, 3-198 & 6-182. That said, with thunderstorms set to be the order of the day on Saturday, fast bowlers may come into the reckoning.

Average first innings score: 196 (In the last 3 T20s played at the venue)

Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 2

Injury and Availability News

(Will be shared when there’s an update)

Probable Playing XIs

Lahore Qalandars

Chris Lynn, Salman Butt, Mohammad Hafeez, Ben Dunk (WK), Samit Patel, Sohail Akhtar (c), Muhammad Faizan, Seekkuge Prasanna, Usman Shinwari, Salman Irshad, Dilbar Hussain.

Bench – Fakhar Zaman, Shaheen Afridi, Jaahid Ali, David Wiese

Quetta Gladiators:

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

Bench: Ahsan Ali/Ahmed Shehzad, Anwar Ali, Fawad Ahmed, Khurram Manzoor, Arish Ali Khan, Abdul Nasir, Zahid Mahmood


Top Picks: 

Lahore Qalandars: One of the major issues for Qalandars has been the inability of their batsmen to convert their starts. They will again depend on the likes of Ben Dunk (121 runs at 40.3), Mohammad Hafeez (123 runs at 30.75) and Samit Patel (121 runs at 40.33) to spearhead the batting unit.

Chris Lynn hasn’t got going thus far. He has managed just 107 runs across five games and Qalandars will hope that the Aussie opener gets back into his groove on Saturday. Dilbar Hussain (6 wickets) will lead the bowling unit.

Quetta Gladiators: Jason Roy (227 runs at 37.8), Shane Watson (181 runs at 25.85) and Ben Cutting (146 runs at 48.6) will lead the batting unit while Naseem Shah (3 wickets), Mohammad Hassnain (14 wickets) and Cutting (8 wickets) will be crucial with the ball.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain – Ben Dunk, Jason Roy, Ben Cutting

Vice-Captain – Shane Watson, Chris Lynn, Samit Patel

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Ben Dunk (VC)

Batsmen –  Jason Roy (C), Shane Watson, Chris Lynn

All-Rounders- Mohammad Hafeez, Ben Cutting, Mohammad Nawaz, Samit Patel

Bowlers- Dilbar Hossain, Mohammad Hasnain, Naseem Shah

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Ben Dunk

Batsmen –  Sohail Akhtar, Shane Watson, Chris Lynn

All-Rounders- Mohammad Hafeez, Ben Cutting (c), Samit Patel (VC), Mohammad Nawaz

Bowlers- Usman Shinwari, Mohammad Hasnain, Tymal Mills


Expert Advice

Both sides have got brilliant all-rounders in the form of Ben Cutting, Samit Patel, who can double up as a handy batsman and an equally potent bowler. Hence, opting for them in your fantasy XI can be worth a punt.

Probable Winners

Quetta Gladiators are expected to come out as winners.

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.