PSL 9 - Islamabad United - Quetta Gladiators
Match 9 of the Pakistan Super League takes place with Islamabad United meeting Quetta Gladiators. Both teams have two points on the board. Both from two matches. But the gladiators are higher up on the table - two places higher - with a better run rate. This run rate need not always matter only when Duckworth and Lewis make their appearance. At times like these when the points tally, the rate will give you a better chance to enter the next round. The first 8 matches took place in Dubai. Now the venue shifts to Sharjah.
You should know that Islamabad United has won the tournament in 2016. The year the PSL was inaugurated. They need to buck up to bring the team up the points table. Misbah Ul Haq recovers from his hamstring injury and is likely to be back in the team today. Asif Ali might lose his place in the process. JP Duminy has also arrived in the UAE and is in good form. Duminy might replace Luke Ronchi who has not shown his best side at the tournament yet. Steven Finn took a wicket and might stay back in the playing eleven today. Walton will be expected to show his full potential.
Mohammad Sami and R Raees have done well too.
This team has consistently been the runner up in the past two seasons and will look to get the first place of the tournament. Shane Watson has sealed his place in the playing eleven with his 66 run knock that won the match. He also claimed 4 wickets to his name. He is the trump card to the team and to your fantain fantasy lineup. Kevin Pietersen, who is retiring from the game after PSL, will want to go out on a high note. Captain Sarfraz Ahmed is another good player to keep. Mahmudullah is here only for the next two games. He then leaves to play for his country. He is good for your lineup too.
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