PSL 2020 – Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators taking place? Thursday 20th February, 16:00 (UK)

Where is Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators taking place? National Stadium, Karachi

What is the expected weather for Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators? 26c in partly cloudy skies

What channel is Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators on? This match will be televised live on HUM Masala (Sky Channel 732)

Where can I stream Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators? Full match replays and highlights can be streamed on https://www.cricketgateway.com

Where can I get tickets for Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators? Ticket information for all PSL 2020 fixtures can be found here

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Quetta Gladiators beat Islamabad United by 43 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

ISLAMABAD UNITED

  • Islamabad United were unable to defend their Pakistan Super League title last time around as they finished the competition in third place and they will be eager to get this campaign off to a strong start.
  • Islamabad boast an impressive selection of overseas players with England hopeful Phil Salt likely to play a big role high up the order as he bids to force his way into international reckoning ahead of the T20 World Cup later in the year.
  • Lining-up alongside Salt will be compatriot Dawid Malan whilst Colin Munro and Colin Ingram are also eye-catching options in the batting line-up but it is the addition of Dale Steyn that could provide the biggest impact as he adds to Islamabad’s options with the ball.

QUETTA GLADIATORS

  • Quetta Gladiators won their maiden PSL crown in last year’s tournament and they will be hopeful of becoming the first team to defend the trophy with another strong squad set to take to the field in the fifth edition of the tournament.
  • Last year’s winning captain Sarfaraz Ahmed returns to lead the way once again along with veteran Shane Watson and they will be joined by young bowler Mohammad Hasnain who made a big impression in last year’s tournament.
  • England batsman Jason Roy is the big-name inclusion but a lot of the attention ahead of the tournament has been on teenage sensation Naseem Shah who recently became the youngster player to claim a hat-trick in Test match cricket history.

THE PREDICTION

This is a mouth-watering opening to the Pakistan Super League with the most successful team in the competition’s history facing last year’s champions. Islamabad United have won two titles from the four edition of the PSL but face a tricky task against Quetta Gladiators who rightfully earned their maiden crown last time. Both teams will be in contention to claim the prize this time around but preference is just for Islamabad in this contest who look to have the more well-rounded side.

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