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Quetta to Take on Islamabad Today in Mid-Table Clash

Quetta Gladiators will face Islamabad United in the tenth match of the PSL 2022 on Thursday, 3 February. The match, scheduled at Karachi’s National Stadium, will start at 7:30 pm PST.

Quetta Gladiators and Islamabad United will face off in an all-important clash as both teams look to climb up the PSL 2022 points table. Currently, Islamabad and Quetta are in the third and fourth spots respectively. Quetta has won one and lost twice in their opening three encounters in PSL 7 while Islamabad, on the other hand, has won one and lost one in two matches they have played yet.

Gladiators have had an unfortunate start to the tournament as they lost two nail-biting encounters while they registered a comprehensive victory against Karachi. They will be determined to overcome a disappointing loss to Multan in their last encounter and get back to winning ways. Quetta will be offered a much-needed boost with the arrival of Shahid Afridi, and James Vince as the players are available for selection ahead of the blockbuster clash.

James Vince will be available for selection tonight because he had COVID-19 last month and the three-day isolation rule doesn’t apply to him. Jason Roy will only be available after completing his three-day quarantine.

Islamabad almost pulled off a miracle run-chase in their last match as captain Shadab Khan played one of the most memorable knocks in PSL history. Their agonizing loss at the hands of Multan Sultans in their previous outing has raised some question marks within the team’s think-tank. United were particularly poor in the bowling department as they were taken to the cleaners by Multan batters. They will be determined to put in much better performance and climb up the points table.

Both the teams are expected to make some changes to their line-up from their previous match. Quetta is likely to include James Vince in their line-up at the expense of Ben Duckett while Islamabad is likely to include Colin Munro instead of Rahmanullah Gurbaz.

Match Details

  • Date Thursday, 3 February 2022
  • Time 07:30 pm PKT
  • Venue National Stadium Karachi

Possible Playing XIs:

Quetta Possible XI – Sarfaraz Ahmed (c)(wk), Will Smeed, Ahsan Ali, James Vince, Iftikhar Ahmed, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Nawaz, James Faulkner, Mohammad Hasnain, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Ashir Qureshi

Check out Quetta’s full squad here

Islamabad Possible XI – Shadab Khan (c), Paul Stirling, Alex Hales, Colin Munro, Azam Khan (wk), Asif Ali, Mubasir Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Wasim Jr., Hasan Ali, Marchant de Lange

Head to Head

Overall, the two sides have come face to face 13 times in the tournament. Gladiators have an upper hand as they have won 7 while United have won 6. They last faced each other on 11 June 2021 in Abu Dhabi which Islamabad won by 10 wickets.

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