League leaders Quetta Gladiators are set to go up against the down and out Lahore Qalandars in the 26th game of the Pakistan Super League 2018. Scheduled to be played on March 14, the match will be hosted by the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Live telecast will commence at 8 PM local time.
Shane Watson and skipper Sarfraz Ahmed scored 37 and 45* respectively to take the Gladiators to a six-wicket win over Peshawar Zalmi in the last game of Pakistan Super League. Watson is the season's leading run-getter and has so far taken the most wickets for his side which makes him the key man with both bat and ball. Fast bowler Ben Laughlin seems to be the team's best bet to pick up the early wickets with the new ball while left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz will be expected to maintain his economical figures.
Their batting class resides mainly in Fakhar Zaman, Agha Salman and skipper Brendon McCullum and it will be crucial that they make notable contributions in this match. Salman cracked a fifty in the last game and the Qalandars will want him to replicate that form against the Gladiators. Sohail Khan took three wickets last time and he will be expected to provide good support to Mitchell McClenaghan whose inclusion has somewhat bolstered the team's pace attack. Yasir Shah and Sunil Narine continue to remain the go-to men in the spin department.
Quetta Gladiators vs Lahore Qalandars Betting Odds
Quetta Gladiators are the bookmakers' favorites to win this match at odds of 1.80 each on Bet365, Unibet and Betway. They are comfortably positioned at the top of the leaderboard after five wins and three defeats from eight league matches. Lahore Qalandars find themselves on the opposite end of the points table with just two wins and six losses from their eight matches. The odds for them to win this game currently stand at 2 each on Bet365, Unibet and Betway.
Quetta Gladiators vs Lahore Qalandars Prediction
Lahore Qalandars are now out of the race for the playoffs and they will be looking to salvage some pride by winning their remaining two fixtures. Quetta Gladiators on the other hand are just one more win away from confirming their place in the top four. They clearly have the upper hand going into this game as they have beaten Lahore in their previous four head-to-head encounters, including the nine-wicket drubbing at Dubai earlier this season. The Gladiators are coming on the back of three successive wins and they look well set to make it four in a row.
Final Verdict: Back Quetta Gladiators to beat Lahore Qalandars at 1.80 each on Bet365, Unibet and Betway.