7.03.2020, 19:30 IST
Gaddafi Stadium (Lahore)
Lahore Qalandars Team News & FormLanguishing at the bottom of the table, Lahore Qalandars look to be down and out with only one win from their 5 games. However, they have 2 games in hand over 3 of their fellow teams, and back-to-back wins from here on would put them in a great position to access the playoffs, if not with a preferable league stage finish. Moreover, Quetta Gladiators is the only team they have beaten this season. Pakistan national team mainstay Fakhar Zaman and fellow local talent Sohail Akhtar have been pretty good with the bat, and Shaheen Afridi, the supposed 45-year-old veteran with the most dubious age in all of cricket, is as potent with the ball as always.
Quetta Gladiators Team News & FormThe defending champions aren’t looking as mighty as they did last season. Despite a decent start to the season, 3 losses on the trot, including one to then-winless Lahore Qalandars, has put their title defense and, in fact, even chances of reaching the playoff stage in jeopardy. Despite having a balanced side with plenty of talent, Quetta have somehow managed to find themselves out of the top four, and will be desperate to get back in. The likes of Aussie legend Shane Watson and English opener Jason Roy will no doubt help this cause, while the leading wicket-taker of this year’s PSL, Mohammad Hasnain, is the most important cog in the team’s machine.
Lahore Qalandars vs Quetta Gladiators Prediction and Betting TipsAlthough Lahore Qalandars have beaten Quetta Gladiators 3 times out of their last 5 meetings, the former has been out of luck this season. The team will have to dig deep if they are to beat the defending champions on Saturday. Expect Fakhar, Sohail, and Ben Dunk to bat well, while old hand Afridi and Dilbar Hussain do well with the ball.
If the zeal of defending their hard-earned title doesn’t spur on the Gladiators, nothing will. That kind of driving force will be essential if they are to beat a Lahore side with nothing to lose. Expect Mohammad Hasnain to continue his incredible run of form, while Roy, Watson, and Ahmed Shehzad bat strongly.
Who will win the 21stPSL Match?Match Prediction: Lahore Qalandars To Win (1.90 @ 1XBET)
Other Betting Tips:
- Toss - Quetta Gladiators
- LQ top batsman – B Dunk
- QG top batsman – J Roy
- Players with most boundaries - B Dunk (LQ), J Roy (QG)
- Players to score a fifty – F Zaman/Ben Dunk (LQ), J Roy/A Shehzad (QG)
- Players to take most wickets - S Afridi (LQ), M Hasnain (QG)
- Most fours - LQ
- Most sixes - LQ
Can Lahore initiate a change in fortune by beating the reigning champions? Or will Quetta’s hunger for a title defense pull them through? Find out on Saturday!