PSL 2019 – Lahore Qalandars vs Quetta Gladiators Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Lahore Qalandars vs Quetta Gladiators taking place? Wednesday 27th February, 11:30

Where is Lahore Qalandars vs Quetta Gladiators taking place? Dubai International Cricket Stadium

What is the expected weather for Lahore Qalandars vs Quetta Gladiators? 24-26c with sunshine expected all day

What channel is Lahore Qalandars vs Quetta Gladiators on? This match will be televised live on HUM Masala (Sky Channel 720)

Where can I stream Lahore Qalandars vs Quetta Gladiators? This match can be streamed live on https://www.cricketgateway.com

Where can I get tickets for Lahore Qalandars vs Quetta Gladiators? Ticket information for all PSL 2019 fixtures can be found on https://www.q-tickets.com/psl/eventlist.aspx

THE STATISTICS

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings:
Lahore Qalandars W2, Quetta Gladiators W5
Last meeting: Quetta Gladiators beat Lahore Qalandars by 3 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

LAHORE QALANDARS

Coach: Aqib Javed

Captain: AB de Villiers

  • Following their stunning win over Multans Sultans, the Qalandars could not follow that up as they went down against Quetta Gladiators on Saturday so they remain with just two wins from five coming into this clash and they will need to improve on that performance as they face the Gladiators once again here.

  • The batting let them down against the Gladiators as they could only manage 143/7 and they desperately need their top order to set the foundations for a big score with Salman Butt especially struggling since he came into the side to replace injured skipper Mohammad Hafeez.

  • The inclusion of Yasir Shah has given them another dimension to their bowling attack and that was evident as they almost defended the modest total against the Gladiators so they will hope to win the toss and put them in first as De Villiers will likely prefer to chase here.

QUETTA GLADIATORS

Coach: Moin Khan

Captain: Sarfraz Ahmed

  • Despite posting their highest score in the PSL so far, the Gladiators lost their first match on Sunday to Karachi Kings and that was the first time they batted first in five matches which only adds to the theory that they clearly prefer chasing in this competition.

  • For the first time in the tournament, their bowlers looked average with talented youngster Ghulam Mudasser struggling to cope with the pressure after being smashed for 44 from three overs so bowling first will likely benefit them too.

  • Despite the setback, there will be no over-reactions to that loss although they may decide to finally bring Dwayne Bravo into the side for compatriot Dwayne Smith who has yet to score more than 11 runs in an innings.

THE PREDICTION

Both of these teams will favour chasing so that makes winning the toss crucial for this match. They met in Sharjah on Saturday and that game went down to the final ball with Sarfraz Ahmed hitting a last ball six to win it for his Gladiators side and this one promises to be another close one. It will be interesting to see how the Gladiators are affected by their first loss against the Kings on Sunday but they will be confident of bouncing back, especially if they win the toss.