Quetta Gladiators will be hoping against hope to revive their fortunes as they meet Pakistan Super League 2020 leaders Multan Sultans at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore today (Wednesday).
The writing will always be on the wall when the leagues’ best performers this season, Multan Sultans, run into the team that has struggled to come with terms every time they have taken to the field during the PSL 2020.
Multan Sultans have won five of their seven outings, while one could not be completed, to lead the table with 11 points. Quetta Gladiators could have managed only three victories out of their eight matches. On the other five occasions, the other teams had left the field smiling.
In their previous match in the PSL 2020, Multan Sultans have drubber the Quetta outfit by 30 runs. Chasing Sultans’ mammoth total of 199 runs, the Gladiators were restricted to 169 for seven. Rilee Rossouw, playing the innings of the tournament, had struck a 44-ball unbeaten 100 with 10 fours and six sixes. Shane Watson had waged a lone battle for the Gladiators.
Quetta Gladiators will be playing for their survival in the tournament, as a defeat in any of their next two outings will demolish all prospects of the progress beyond the league phase.
Shah Masood-led Multan Sultans, as the saying goes, will have to guard against complacency.
Multan Sultans: Shan Masood (captain), Moeen Ali (England), Shahid Afridi, Fabian Allen (West Indies), Zeeshan Ashraf, Bilawal Bhatti, Ravi Bopara (England), Mohammad Ilyas, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Rohail Nazir (wk), Rilee Rossouw (South Africa), Usman Qadir, Ali Shafiq, Khushdil Shah, Imran Tahir (South Africa), Sohail Tanvir, James Vince (England)
Quetta Gladiators: Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain, wk), Fawad Ahmed (Australia), Anwar Ali, Ahsan Ali, Ben Cutting (Australia), Mohammad Hasnain, Arish Ali Khan, Azam Khan, Sohail Khan, Khurram Manzoor, Tymal Mills (England), Abdul Nasir, Mohammad Nawaz, Keemo Paul (West Indies), Jason Roy (England), Naseem Shah, Ahmed Shehzad, Shane Watson (Australia)
The match scheduled to start at 7:30 pm will be broadcast LIVE on DSport. Fans can also catch LIVE streaming SportsTiger app.