The Quetta Gladiators take on the Islamabad United in the 28th match of the third season of the Pakistan Super League. This game will be played on Thursday in Sharjah. The match will begin at 9.30 pm PST (4 pm GMT).
With a defeat at the hands of the Lahore Qalandars on Wednesday, things have become that much tougher for the Gladiators, who will now have to ensure they win this game in order to finish in the top two.
A defeat for the Quetta Gladiators will mean they end the campaign on 10 points from their 10 games and while they will still qualify for the playoffs, it might mean they wouldn’t qualify in the top two.
It was a strange defeat for the Gladiators against a team that had already crashed out of the competition. At one end, the top three batsmen struggled to get moving for the Qalandars but Fakhar Zaman played one of his more brilliant knocks in recent times, crashing a 50-ball 94 to help them post 186.
What will worry the Gladiators is that Rahat Ali ended up conceding 51 runs from his four overs, and Shane Watson, in a rare poor game went for 50 from as many.
The Gladiators chase was a spirited one with Jason Roy, who had just joined the side, scoring 36, and Rilee Rossouw chipping in with 42. Unfortunately, a middle-order collapse left them with a lot to do by the end.
They take on Islamabad United who have not just qualified for the playoffs but will also be favourites to enter it as one of the top two sides.
Islamabad United are coming off a win over the Multan Sultans and it was a pummelling. Luke Ronchi continued with his heroics – and that made it three fifties in four games for the former Aussie-Kiwi wicket-keeper. It helped his side pile up 185 from their 20 overs and then Samit Patel, Mohammad Sami and Faheem Ashraf combined to stifle their opposition.
We think the United will start off favourites for this one. Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators 28th match prediction, betting tips & preview are placed below.
Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators Predictions & Tips
Islamabad to win.