Quetta Gladiators (QUE) and Lahore Qalandars (LAH) lock horns in match 23 of Pakistan Super League 2021 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Tuesday, June 15.
QUE are languishing at the bottom of the PSL 2021 points table with just one win in seven games and have lost both their games in the UAE leg of the competition. Furthermore, the recent injury to South African star Faf du Plessis has further hindered their match preparations ahead of the clash against LAH.
Lahore Qalandars, on the flip side, are equal on points with Islamabad United on the points table (10 points). However, an inferior net run rate means that they aren’t on top of the standings.
QUE vs LAH Dream11 prediction
Lahore Qalandars are outright favourites to win the fixture against Quetta Gladiators, taking into account their performances in PSL 2021 and also their record of four wins in the last five meetings against QUE.
QUE vs LAH best players
Top tip: Best batsmen
Fakhar Zaman enters the QUE vs LAH fixture as a highly-rated batsman and is someone to definitely include as an opener in your fantasy cricket team. The 31-year-old has aggregated 243 runs at a strike rate of 129.94, and enjoys a fantasy cricket rating of 347 points.
QUE, meanwhile, will look up to Usman Khan to spice up the batting. The top-order batter has struck 123 runs in just three games, and will be eager to showcase why he has been rewarded 185 fantasy points.
Top tip: Best bowlers
Shaheen Shah Afridi will be LAH’s best bet with the ball in the upcoming PSL 2021 game. With a fantasy cricket rating of 425 points, Afridi has returned with 12 wickets in seven games. The Quetta Gladiators batsmen will need to be on guard against the 21-year-old’s pitch-perfect bowling lengths that often trouble opposition batters.
21-year-old Mohammad Hasnain is tipped as the top bowler to lead Quetta Gladiators’ bowling on Tuesday. The QUE pacer has earned 246 fantasy cricket points and will look to consolidate his tally of seven wickets in seven games.
Top tip: All-rounder and wicket-keeper
The seasoned Mohammad Hafeez is pegged as the best all-rounder for QUE vs LAH. The 40-year-old has 334 fantasy points in his bag, on the back of 220 runs in seven games. Although yet to do any sort of tricks with the ball, Lahore will rely on Hafeez’s swashbuckling skills with the bat to unsettle the QUE bowlers.
Sarfaraz Ahmed is favoured as the wicket-keeper to shine in the QUE vs LAH game. The QUE skipper has been productive with the bat (223 runs in seven games) but will need to raise his game behind the stumps if he is to add to his tally of two dismissals as a keeper.
QUE vs LAH playing XI (probable)
QUE probable XI (probable): Usman Khan, Saim Ayub, Jake Weatherald, Cameron Delport, Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain & wicket-keeper), Azam Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Khurram Shehzad, Zahid Mahmood, Mohammad Hasnain, Zahir Khan
LAH probable XI (probable): Fakhar Zaman, Sohail Akhtar (captain), Muhammad Faizan, Mohammad Hafeez, Ben Dunk (wicket-keeper), Tim David, James Faulkner, Rashid Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Ahmed Daniyal
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