Quetta Gladiators will look for their first win of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 when they meet Islamabad United in the postponed 12th match at National Stadium, Karachi on Monday. Their clash will conclude the fourth round of PSL 6. (More Cricket News)
Gladiators, the finalists in the first two editions of PSL and 2019 champions, have lost their first three matches so far. In contrast, two-time champions United (2016 and 2018) have won two and lost one in three outings.
UPDATE! The match has been rescheduled for tomorrow (Tuesday) at 7 pm local time.
Earlier, it was delayed for two hours after Islamabad United's Fawad Ahmed tested positive for coronavirus.
"A player from one of the sides featuring in this evening’s match has tested positive. The player had showed symptoms two days ago and had been immediately isolated. Members of his side have tested negative while the players of the other side are being tested. Match to start at 9:00 pm (local)." PCB said in a statement
A player from one of the sides featuring in this evening’s match has tested positive. The player had showed symptoms two days ago and had been immediately isolated.
Members of his side have tested negative while the players of the other side are being tested.— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) March 1, 2021
What happened so far?
United started their campaign with a three-wicket win over Multan Sultans by three wickets and defending champions Karachi Kings by five wickets. But the Shadab Khan-led outfit lost to Peshawar Zalmi by six wickets.
Gladiators have lost all their matches, to Kings by seven wickets, Lahore Qalandars by nine wickets and Zalmi by three wickets. Skipper Wahab Riaz, who hit 81 off 40 balls, against Zalmi, is under pressure. But the arrival of Faf du Plessis as Chris Gayle's replacement should boost the team's morale. The former South Africa captain scored 37 in the defeat against Zalmi.
Head-to-head: This will be their 12th meeting in PSL. Gladiators lead the head-to-head record 7-4, including league doubles in the last two seasons. United's last win against Gladiators came in the return leg of the 2018 edition. The two teams also played the inaugural final, with Islamabad winning by six wickets in Dubai.
Check match and telecast details here:
Match: Pakistan Super League 2021 match between Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators
Date: Originally scheduled for March 1 (Monday), 2021
Time: 7:30 PM IST/7:00 PM local (RESCHEDULED for next day, same time)
Venue: National Stadium, Karachi
TV Channels: Sony Six/HD
Live Streaming: SonyLiv
Islamabad United: Paul Stirling, Alex Hales, Philip Salt (wk), Shadab Khan (c), Hussain Talat, Asif Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Ahmed, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Wasim Jr.
Quetta Gladiators: Saim Ayub, Cameron Delport, Faf du Plessis, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Azam Khan, Ben Cutting, Mohammad Nawaz, Dale Steyn, Mohammad Hasnain, Zahid Mahmood, Usman Shinwari.
Playing XIs in the last match
Islamabad United: Alex Hales, Paul Stirling, Philip Salt (wk), Shadab Khan (c), Faheem Ashraf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Hasan Ali, Fawad Ahmed, Mohammad Wasim Jr.
Quetta Gladiators: Faf du Plessis, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Cameron Delport, Azam Khan, Saim Ayub, Ben Cutting, Mohammad Nawaz, Zahid Mahmood, Dale Steyn, Mohammad Hasnain, Usman Shinwari.
Islamabad United: Philip Salt (wk), Alex Hales, Shadab Khan (c), Fawad Ahmed, Iftikhar Ahmed, Hussain Talat, Asif Ali, Lewis Gregory, Zafar Gohar, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Paul Stirling, Chris Jordan, Colin Munro, Reece Topley, Faheem Ashraf, Ali Khan, Muhammad Musa, Rohail Nazir, Akif Javed, Ahmed Safi Abdullah, Zeeshan Zameer.
Quetta Gladiators: Tom Banton, Saim Ayub, Faf du Plessis, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Azam Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Ben Cutting, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Hasnain, Usman Shinwari, Zahid Mahmood, Qais Ahmad, Naseem Shah, Arish Ali Khan, Abdul Nasir, Usman Khan.