Skip to main content

Editor's Pick (PSL T20): Islamabad United - Quetta Gladiators

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.

Islamabad United
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.

Quetta Gladiators
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.

Key players

Islamabad United
Rumman Raees
JP Duminy
Shadab Khan
Mohammad Sami
Andre Russell
Hussain Talat

Quetta Gladiators
Kevin Pietersen
Shane Watson
Mohammad Nawaz
J C Archer
Umar Amin
Sarfaraz Ahmed

What do you think?
Indu


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Peshawar Zalmi vs Multan Sultans - Post Match Blog.

The bigger they are, the harder they fall. Ain't it true. Newcomers Sultans thrash Peshawar Zalmi by 7 wickets in PSL 2018 opener sending shockwaves through the league. Being a defending champion did take a toll on Peshawar Zalmi. Not easy walking into a tournament with everyone looking at you assuming you will win. When the Sultans came in to bat, they had an early upset when they lost the opener for a duck. With a target of 152, it took the experienced Kumara Sangakkara to set the ship on course towards the target. He was calm and composed as he has been throughout his international career. Singles and doubles. And planned boundaries. By the time he was out, caught behind, the team was fairly stable. Shoaib Malik’s captain knock along with Kieron Pollard finished the match in style. Earlier in the day, Peshawar Zalmi came in to bat. Apart from Mohammad Hafeez’s 59, with twenty-something runs from Dwayne Smith and Darren Sammy; the rest of the batsmen barely contri

Fan Data Analytics: Key to drive sports company growth

Over the last several years, the buzz word in business and IT circles has been "big-data" and analytics. Many many articles and write-ups talk about them so I won't go into the details. You could get enough to last a lifetime with just the first few results of a Google search of these terms. But do you really know how it applies, specifically to a sports company? For long, sports franchises have been one of the biggest users of analytics. Before this was a buzz word, coaches and managers have relied up numbers and finding patterns in them to drive on-field performance. Indeed, the major leagues of the world have relied on performance analytics for everything from scouting for talent to calling the action on the field of play. But that never transcended to the off-field, more mundane but equally important task of managing the sports business. As more and more options come up vying for the fan's attention - live events, travel, other sports, TV, the Internet - the

IPL 2014 - Mumbai Indians team analysis

The Mumbai Indians have always been the high-flying team of IPL.  They had the big buys in almost every year of IPL and kept a very high profile.  And over the last couple of years, they have started matching their performance with their profile – with wins in IPL 2013 and Champions League in 2011 and 2013.  Let us see how their team looks this year. Rohit Sharma, Mike Hussey, Ambati Rayudu and Apporv Wankhade are the pure play batsmen in the team. Corey Anderson, Keiron Pollard, Shreyas Gopal and Jalaj Saxena are the all rounders. CM Gautam, Ben Dunk, Sushant Marathe and Aditya Tare are the wicket keepers. Lasith Malinga, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh, Pragyan Ojha, Jasprit Bumrah, Josh Hazlewood, Marchant de Lange, Krishmar Santokie & Puwan Suyal are the bowlers.  The bowling looks pretty good with Malinga, Zaheer, Bajji and Ojha.   The batting is strong at the top – with Rohit Sharma and Mike Hussey, but looks weak beyond those two.   The power in the team comes from