Quetta Gladiators had a forgettable campaign in the 2020 edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). The team, captained by Sarfaraz Ahmed, failed to qualify for the playoffs. This time around, they didn’t have the best of starts either. In their opening game, they lost to Imad Wasim’s Karachi Kings.
Their batting collapsed in a horrendous manner and the Kings chased down 122 with 37 balls to spare. The Gladiators are next scheduled to lock horns with the Lahore Qalandars on Monday, February 22 at the National Stadium in Karachi. Their task won’t be any easy by any means.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch in Karachi hasn’t shown many demons thus far, though the first few games weren’t as high-scoring as one expected it to be. Chasing has to be the way forward for the teams. There are no chances of rain with the temperature around 26 degrees. The humidity will mostly be in the 20s.
Playing Combinations for LAH vs QUE
Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Agha Salman, Sohail Akhtar (C), Ben Dunk (wk), Samit Patel, David Wiese, Rashid Khan, Ahmed Daniyal, Shaheen Afridi, Salman Mirza
Bench: Muhammad Faizan, Zeeshan Ashraf, Joe Denly, Haris Rauf, Tom Abell, Muhammad Zaid Alam, Maaz Khan
Tom Banton, Sarfaraz Ahmed (C and WK), Chris Gayle, Saim Ayub, Azam Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Ben Cutting, Qais Ahmad, Usman Shinwari, Mohammad Hasnain, Naseem Shah
Bench: Faf du Plessis, Usman Khan, Cameron Delport, Anwar Ali, Dale Steyn, Arish Ali Khan, Zahid Mahmood, Abdul Nasir
Probable Top Performers for LAH vs QUE
Fakhar Zaman– Lahore Qalandars
Fakhar Zaman has been a part of Pakistan’s scheme of things ever since he started playing for Pakistan since the 2017 Champions Trophy. He has also played well for the Qalandars over the years. Though he hasn’t played much international cricket of late, the southpaw remains to be a force to reckon with.
Tom Banton– Quetta Gladiators
Tom Banton came up the ranks ever since he weaved magic for Somerset in the 2019 T20 Blast in England. Thereafter, he got a chance for England. He played for Peshawar Zalmi in the previous edition of the PSL. The Gladiators would be hoping for him to fire on all cylinders in the next game.
LAH vs QUE Head to Head
Played- 10 |LAH won- 5 | QUE won- 5 | N/R-
Average first innings score: 156 (Last 13 matches in PSL)
Record of chasing teams: Won- 10 | Lost- 3
Match timings – 07:00 PM local time, 07:30 PM IST
TV – Sony Sports Network
Live Streaming – SonyLIV
The prediction is for Quetta Gladiators to win the match.