Date & Time: Thursday, February 20, 21:30 IST
Venue: National Stadium, Karachi, Pakistan
Defending champions Quetta kick start their 2020 PSL campaign against two time title winners- Islamabad
Quetta Gladiators went on to lift their maiden PSL cup in 2019. They will be up against the two time champions Islamabad United in their first match. With bowlers like Hasnain, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Sohail Khan and few more, Quetta’s bowling is one of their main strengths, undoubtedly.
Islamabad United on the other hand have explosive batsmen at the top. Shane Watson, Jason Roy, Dawid Malan, Philip Salt and Colin Munro are few of them. A lot relies on the skipper Shadab Khan and experienced campaigner Faheem Ashraf in the bowling department.
Quetta Gladiators Probable XI:
Luke Ronchi (wk), Colin Munro, Philip Salt, Dawid Malan/Colin Ingram, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Amad Butt, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan (c), Ruman Raees, Muhammad Musa
Islamabad United Probable XI:
Shane Watson, Ahmed Shehzad, Ahsan Ali/Khurram Manzoor, Umar Akmal, Sarfaraz Khan (c & wk), Mohammad Nawaz, Ben Cutting, Mohammad Hasnain, Naseem Shah, Fawad Ahmed, Sohail Khan.
The pitch has been a paradise for batsmen in T20s at National Stadium. An average of 182 runs is scored in the 1st innings with 6 wickets falling per innings. Teams batting first have won majority of the matches since 2018 in T20s at this venue. Leg spinners have a better bowling average and economy at this venue, medium pacers also have had success but they have gone for runs.
Shadab Khan has a PPM of 53.6 in the last three months with an MDTA of 1.11. His venue PPM is also on the impressive side, he has a PPM of 57.7 at this venue in the 4 matches he has played and has been a part of the dream team in all those four.
He has a PPM of 84.0 at this venue in the three matches he has played and has been a part of the dream team in all the three matches.
Mohammad Nawaz has a PPM of 50.5 in the last three months with an MDTA of 1.33. At this venue as well he has been successful, he has a PPM of 52.0 and has been a part of the dream team in all the three matches he has played.
Philip Salt has a PPM of 45.3 in the last three months with an MDTA of 1.43. He had a good campaign with Adelaide Strikers in the BBL 2019-20 season scoring over 350 runs with four half centuries.