After losing their opening encounters both Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators returned to winning ways in their last match against Multan Sultans and Lahore Qalandars respectively. After losing 2 consecutive finals Quetta Gladiators are hoping that they can go all the way and lift the trophy in season 3. Ahead of the Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators clash of PSL 2018, we look at the complete preview; stats and predicted XI.
With players like Kevin Pietersen, Shane Watson, Hasan Ali, and Jofra Archer, Gladiators are among the favourites for season 3 but standing in way next will be Islamabad United, who are the inaugural season winners of Pakistan Super League and one of the most successful teams of the league. Both the teams come into this match following some brilliant bowling performances in their previous PSL 2018 match.[READ: Everything you need to know about Pakistan Super League 2018]
While veteran Australian Shane Watson has been prolific for the Gladiators, it’s been Islamabad United’s captain Rumman Raees who has been inspirational and has led with some superb bowling in PSL 2018 so far. The match will definitely hinge on the bowling performances of both the teams and the toss, which has proved to be such a huge factor at the Dubai International Stadium.
Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators Stats
Islamabad United are the won the 1st season of Pakistan Super League back in 2016, after defeating Quetta Gladiators in the Final.
Quetta Gladiators have reached the final of both the previous seasons of Pakistan Super League but are yet to lift the trophy.
Islamabad United have won 3 out of the 5 matches they have played against Quetta Gladiators
Mohammad Sami is the second highest wicket-taker in the history of PSL with 27 wickets in 12 matches. While Quetta Gladiators bowler Mohammad Nawaz is the 3rd highest wicket-taker with 25 scalps.
Shane Watson has hit a record-equalling 26 sixes in PSL history but the interesting thing is that he played the previous two seasons with Islamabad United before shifting to Quetta prior to this season.
Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators Predicted XI
Islamabad United Predicted XI – Mohammad Sami, Luke Ronchi (wk), Chadwick Walton, Steven Finn, Andre Russell, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Rumman Raees (c), Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Sahibzada Farhan.
Quetta Gladiators Predicted XI – Shane Watson, Kevin Pietersen, Sarfraz Ahmed (c & wk), Anwar Ali, Umar Amin, Rilee Rossouw, Asad Shafiq, Rahat Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Khan, Jofra Archer