PSL 2021, Match 4: Lahore Qalandars vs Quetta Gladiators

Monday evening February 22, Lahore Qalandars and Quetta Gladiators will face off at the National Stadium (Karachi) in the fourth match of the PSL 2021.

The two teams will play their second match of this new PSL 2021. In their opening match of this PSL season, while Qalandars won a 4-wicket victory, the Gladiators lost by 7 wickets.

Lahore Qalandars

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PSL 2020 finalist Lahore Qalandars started PSL 2021 on a solid footing with a four-wicket victory over Peshawar Zalmi on Sunday afternoon.

Left arm stimulator Shaheen Shah Afridi | dominated the ball in hand from the very first ball of the game, where he dismissed opener Imam-ul-Haq for a golden duck. Later, during the death overs, he took two other crucial wickets from Sherfane Rutherford (26) and Ravi Bopara (50). His incredible 4-1-14-3 bowling numbers were the reason Zalmi only managed to score 140/6.

Another 27-year-old left arm stimulator Salman Mirza, who made his T20 debut in Lahore Qalandars’ opener this season, also played very well with the new ball as he dismissed other opener Kamran Akmal (5 ) and Haider Ali (0) in the same course and finished with the bowling numbers of 4-0-35-2.

While South African all-rounder David Wiese (1/30) also secured a wicket, Afghan leg spinner Rashid Khan was very economical with bowling numbers of 4-0-14-0.

In response, the top notch drummers of Lahore Qalandars struggled. But Mohammad Hafeez played a very crucial role with the support of the other batsmen, as his 33 steps out of 26 balls (5 fours) was one of the reasons his team managed to chase the target. However, Rashid Khan once again played a very crucial role with the bat, as his 27 steps on 15 balls (3 fours and 1 sixes) was another reason for their successful pursuit.

Full team

Ahmed Danyal, Ben Dunk, David Wiese, Salman Mirza (replacing injured Dilbar Hussain), Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Maaz Khan, Mohammad Faizan, Mohammad Hafeez, Joe Denly, Rashid Khan, Samit Patel, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sohail Akhtar , Tom Abell, Salman Ali Agha, Zaid Alam, Zeeshan Ashraf

Quetta Gladiators

PSL 2021, Lahore Qalandars, Quetta Gladiators, Match Preview, Prediction
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2019 PSL winners Quetta Gladiators have a very weak start in 2021 PSL as they suffered a 7-wicket loss to defending champions Karachi Kings in that opener. Gladiators led by Sarfaraz Ahmed will do their best to get out of this embrace zone very early.

Although a Caribbean superstar Chris Gayle started this tournament positively scoring 39 points out of 24 balls (4 fours and 2 sixes), all other batsmen failed to reach the 20 point mark in this round with the Quetta Gladiators all-out for only 121 points in 18.2 overs.

Fast-paced young bowler Mohammad Hasnain ruled out the opening two players as he had brilliant match bowling numbers of 4-0-18-2. Additionally, left arm point guard Usman Shinwari (1/10) got the wicket from the dangerous looking Joe Clarke (46 of 23 balls), but they did not receive enough support from the other bowlers as the kings were chasing this small target in 13.5. overs without losing more wicket.

Quetta Gladiators will surely have to improve their team’s performance very quickly.

Full team

Sarfaraz Ahmed (C), Anwar Ali, Azam Khan, Ben Cutting, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Zahid Mahmood, Hassan Khan (partial replacement of Dale Steyn), Tom Banton, Usman Khan Shinwari, Cameron Delport, Qais Ahmad, Abdul Nasir, Saim Ayub, Arish Ali Khan, Usman Khan, Chris Gayle

PSL 2021, Match 4: Lahore Qalandars vs Quetta Gladiators – Match prediction

PSL 2021, Lahore Qalandars, Quetta Gladiators, Match Preview, Prediction
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In their head-to-head records, the two teams won 5 matches each. However, Lahore Qalandars are currently enjoying the three-game winning streak against Quetta Gladiators. Additionally, the two teams achieved totally opposite starts in the 2021 PSL as Qalandars scored a good win while the Gladiators suffered a crushing defeat.

If, Lahore Qalandars can handle back-to-back matches, they are the favorites for the upcoming match.

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