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rt in the last game. The team would be happy with the form of M Hafeez, A Salman, and B Dunk as all of them scored runs in the last game. S Afridi and S Mirza were brilliant with the ball, taking 5 wickets between them. The experience of R Khan and D Wiese would give a lot of confidence to the side.

On the other hand, Quetta Gladiators are coming into this game after suffering a big loss against Karachi Kings in the tournament opener. It was a disastrous show by the batsmen as they were bowled out for just 121 runs and the bowlers looked helpless defending that score.

C Gayle did well with the bat but he needs support from the likes of T Baton, S Ahmed, and A Khan. B Cutting has good hitting abilities down the order and is expected to perform well here. M Hasnain bowled well at the end of the last game but couldn’t help his team win the match. U Shinwari and Q Ahmed have to put in a better effort going forward.

With a win in the first game, the Qalandars will be looking to make it 2 wins in a row, whereas the Gladiators will be looking for their first win. Expect a close and entertaining match at the National Stadium in Karachi.

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Match Details

  • Match: Lahore Qalandars vs. Quetta Gladiators, Match 4
  • Venue: National Stadium, Karachi
  • Date & Time: Feb. 22, 2021, at 7.30 PM IST

Probable Playing XI

Lahore Qalandars

F Zaman, S Akhtar (C), A Salman, M Hafeez, B Dunk (WK), S Patel, D Wiese, R Khan, H Rauf, S Afridi, S Mirza

Quetta Gladiators

C Gayle, T Banton, S Ayub, A Khan, B Cutting, S Ahmed (C & WK), M Nawaz, M Hasnain, Q Ahmed, N Shah, U Shinwari

Pitch & Weather Report

The weather is expected to be clear in Karachi during the match. The temperature will be around 25 degrees during the game.

The pitch at the National Stadium is a good wicket with true bounce and pace on offer. Fast bowlers should get some early movement with the new ball. Spinners will come into play as the pitch slows down. The average score in the last five T20 games played here has been 150 runs.

The chasing team has won the majority of the recent T20 games played here. With dew around, expect the captain winning the toss to opt to bowl first. A score of around 170 runs should be a competitive one here.

Key Players

  • M Hafeez played a steady knock in the last game and guided his team to a comfortable victory. He scored 33 of 26 balls, including 5 boundaries. Expect him to be a key player in this match for the Qalandars. 
  • S Akhtar looked good in his brief stay at the crease in the last match, scoring run-a-ball 14 runs. He is a clean hitter at the top of the order for the Qalandars. Expect him to play a captain’s knock in this game.
  • S Afridi started from where he left off in the last season. He took 3 for 14, including a wicket off his very first ball. He will be high on confidence and will look to take more wickets here.
  • C Gayle was easily the best batsman for the Gladiators and showed glimpses of his T20 prowess in the last game, scoring 39 runs off 24 balls. He will look to stay longer at the crease and do the bulk of the damage. 
  • A Khan was the second-highest scorer in a disappointing batting performance by the Gladiators. He scored a quick-fire 17 off 14 balls and is capable of playing a big innings. Expect some runs from his bat here. 
  • M Hasnain was one of the two bowlers to take wickets for Quetta in the last match. He took 2 for 18, which included the big wicket of B Azam. Expect him to continue the good bowling form here.

Howzat Dream Team

  • Wicketkeepers: B Dunk, A Khan
  • Batsmen: S Akhtar, C Gayle, S Ayub
  • All-rounders: M Hafeez, D Wiese, B Cutting
  • Bowlers: R Khan, S Afridi, M Hasnain
  • Captain: D Wiese/S Akhtar
  • Vice Captain: C Gayle/B Cutting

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