As the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2024 progresses towards the qualifiers, cricket enthusiasts brace themselves for an intriguing clash between Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators. With the teams tied at 9-9 in their overall head-to-head record and Islamabad United slightly leading 3-2 in their last five encounters, anticipation is high for another close contest.

Similar Playing Styles:

Both Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators have displayed a similar style of cricket in the tournament so far. Both teams heavily rely on their top-order batsmen to score runs, compensating for the lackluster performances of their middle and lower order. However, they face challenges in their bowling departments, with Islamabad United struggling with slow bowling and Quetta Gladiators facing issues with their pace attack.

Islamabad United Overview:

Batting-wise, Islamabad United has been inconsistent in the tournament. While Colin Munro and Agha Salman have shown promise with two fifties each, the rest of the batting lineup, including Alex Hales and Jordan Cox, has failed to make significant contributions. The middle and lower order, comprising Imad Wasim and Faheem Ashraf, need to step up to ensure consistent run-scoring.

In terms of bowling, Islamabad United’s performance has been ordinary. While Naseem Shah and Shadab Khan have been relatively successful, the rest of the bowling attack, including Tymal Mills and Imad Wasim, has struggled to contain opposition batsmen.

Key Players from Previous Game:

  • Colin Munro
  • Alex Hales
  • Agha Salman
  • Hunain Shah
  • Imad Wasim
  • Naseem Shah

Quetta Gladiators Overview:

Quetta Gladiators have relied heavily on Jason Roy’s explosive batting performances, with Saud Shakeel providing consistent support. While Rilee Rossouw’s contributions have been modest, Sarfaraz Khan has struggled to find form. However, Sherfane Rutherford’s impactful innings in the previous match highlights the team’s depth in batting.

In the bowling department, Quetta Gladiators have been buoyed by the spinners’ performances, with Abrar Ahmed and Akeal Hosein leading the charge. However, their pace bowlers, including Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Wasim Jr, need to improve their effectiveness.

Key Players from Previous Game:

  • Jason Roy
  • Saud Shakeel
  • Sherfane Rutherford
  • Abrar Ahmed
  • Akeal Hosein
  • Usman Tariq

Pitch and Weather Conditions:

The Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium is expected to witness overcast conditions with a possibility of rain, which could affect the gameplay. Historically, the pitch has favored batsmen, with high scores being achieved frequently.


Considering Quetta Gladiators’ recent form and Islamabad United’s inconsistencies, Quetta Gladiators are favored to win this match. Their ability to handle pressure situations and chase down targets gives them an edge over Islamabad United.

Winner Prediction: Quetta Gladiators

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