Islamabad United lost its first match after the resumption of PSL 2021 in a last-ball thriller. With three wins from five matches, Islamabad United has nothing to worry about just yet but the PSL 2021 league table is very tightly packed and another loss will start to just put them in a precarious position.
They are going to be playing against the Quetta Gladiators in this match, who will be playing their first match in the UAE.
We were very surprised to see the slow nature of the wicket that makes shot-making very difficult since other tournaments have not had that problem in Abu Dhabi before. With very little time between matches, it is going to be tough for the groundsman to be able to turn things around for the upcoming matches as well.
Let us try and use knowledge of the conditions, teams, and some important stats to find the best betting opportunities for you. Match prediction and betting tips for Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators PSL 2021. The match is going to be played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi on the 11th of Jun 2021.
ISLAMABAD UNITED VS QUETTA GLADIATORS TEAM PREVIEWS
Islamabad decided to use Usman Khawaja and Colin Munro at the top of the order in the previous match. It was not a bad idea but the slow nature of the wicket is probably not to their liking. Still, the new ball is perhaps the best time to bat and get some boundaries to your name.
IU needs these two to start scoring runs and take the pressure off their somewhat fragile batting order.
Rohail Nazar, Shadab Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, and Hussain Talat batted in this same sequence after the openers had departed. This is a batting lineup that is going to struggle to get going against quality bowling in most matches.
The intent was there but the execution left a lot to be desired. Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, and Hasan Ali add a lot of depth to the batting lineup for sure.
Almost all the bowlers bowled well but the decision to give Hussain Talat the final over turned out to be a disastrous one. Hasan Ali, Fawad Ahmed, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Wasim Jr., and Shadab Khan form a very good bowling lineup.
The Gladiators have lost the services of Chris Gayle, Tom Banton, Dale Steyn, and Ben Cutting for this leg of PSL 2021. They have, however, added Andre Russell, Jack Wildermuth, Jake Weatherald, and Zahir Khan.
Wildermuth is a very smart pick in our opinion and we all know what Andre Russell is capable of but getting used to the conditions quickly is going to be a challenge for all of these players.
The Quetta Gladiators have won just one match in PSL 2021 so far and the problem has been its batting. Apart from Sarfaraz Ahmed, no one has really been able to perform in the manner that the Gladiators would have liked. Azam Khan has grown a lot fitter and will have a point to prove as he is now a part of the Pakistan T20 squad.
Faf du Plessis, Andre Russel, and Qais Ahmed could be the three overseas players that are preferred for the first match looking at the conditions on offer. We saw Russel bowl very effectively at the death during the IPL and it may be a role he reprises once more.
Betting on him to hit a six + pick up a wicket could be a great betting market to explore. Betway has the BetYourWay options where you can even suggest bets that you would like to see.
Mohammad Hasnain was quite expensive in the matches playing Pakistan and will have to improve as runs seem to be at a premium in Abu Dhabi. There is a lot of talent in the Quetta Gladiators team, no doubt, but it will have to find a balance that works very quickly.
ISLAMABAD UNITED VS QUETTA GLADIATORS MATCH DETAILS
Match: Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators, Match 18, PSL 2022.
Date: 12 February, 2022.
Time: 8:00 PM IST,
Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.
The surface at the Gaddafi Stadium is a good one. The ball comes onto the bat nicely, so batters can hit through the line. There is expected to be some turn on offer for spinners and bounce for quicker bowlers.
It should be a clear day. The temperature is expected to range between 7 and 22 degrees Celsius. No rain is expected during the day.
Islamabad United are a quality side, and have played some quality cricket in the tournament. They are the favorites to win this encounter.
Quetta Gladiators have managed to revive their campaign, and there will be no push-overs. A strong bowling performance from the Gladiators could help them beat Islamabad.