Quetta Gladiators eye first win in PSL 6 against Islamabad United

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Sarfaraz Ahmed-led Quetta Gladiators is aiming to win their first game of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season six against Islamabad United today at the National Stadium in Karachi.

2019 PSL champions have lost their first three matches this year as their bowling has let them down on two previous occasions. They couldn’t defend scores of 178 and 198 against Lahore Qalandars and Peshawar Zalmi respectively.

On the other hand, Islamabad United will look to shift their focus after what happened to them yesterday where Australia’s Fawad Ahmed was tested positive for COVID-19.

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They were thrashed by table-toppers Peshawar Zalmi by six wickets in their last encounter after winning the first two games.

Meanwhile, United will look to break the pattern of teams winning the match batting second. They have the likes of Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf and Shadab Khan who can easily defend a target of over 160+.

Gladiators would have an advantage coming into this match as they have a lead of 7-4 in a head-to-head comparison.

Note, the Gladiators-United match was postponed yesterday. Today, there was a scheduled rest-day in PSL 6, however, following the positive COVID-19 result of Fawad, the match will take place today at 7.00 pm.

SQUADS

Islamabad United: Alex Hales, Asif Ali, Fawad Ahmed (not available), Faheem Ashraf, Hussain Talat, Musa Khan, Shadab Khan, Zafar Gohar, Hassan Ali, Paul Stirling, Lewis Gregory, Phil Salt, Rohail Nazir, Ali Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Ahmed Saifi Abdullah, Zeeshan Zameer

Quetta Gladiators: Anwar Ali, Azam Khan, Ben Cutting, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Zahid Mahmood, Dale Steyn, Tom Banton, Usman Khan Shinwari, Cameron Delport, Qais Ahmad, Abdul Nasir, Saim Ayub, Arish Ali Khan, Usman Khan, Faf du Plessis, Dale Steyn.

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