PSL Finalists – Brief comparison

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Big day is here. Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators in the final. Both teams in their best forms. Who’s going to win, we have to wait to see.

Let’s have a brief look at both the teams and their strength comparison:

(Some of the mentioned may not play in the final, still adding)

Batting:

Quetta Gladiators Islamabad United
Ahmed Shahzad (226 runs) Misbah ul Haq (165 runs)
Kevin Peterson (197 runs) Brad Haddin (127 runs)
Kumar Sangakkara (74 runs) Sam Billings (34 runs)
Grant Elliot (53 runs) Sharjeel Khan (287 runs)
Sarfaraz Ahmed (165 runs) Dwayne Smith (80 runs)
Mohammad Nawaz (113 runs) Khalid Latif (190 runs)
Asad Shafiq Asif Ali (34 runs)
Bismillah Khan (55 runs) Babar Azam

 

Islamabad United seems in great form and batsmen like Sharjeel and Khalid have played some good innings, however Quetta seems the stronger team on paper having great batsmen in middle order and aggressive batsmen in opening.

Verdict: Quetta Gladiators

 

Fast/Medium fast bowling:

Quetta Gladiators Islamabad United
Umar Gul (4 wickets) Mohammad Sami (11 wickets)
Aizaz Cheema (5 wickets) Mohammad Irfan (5 wickets)
Anwer Ali (8 wickets) Rumman Raees (4 wickets)
Grant Elliot (11 wickets) Andre Russel (13 wickets)

 

Sami is in his deadliest form right now while Irfan stays the most reliable bowler with the new ball. Gul and Aizaz can bowl wicket to wicket but not as dangerous as Sami and Irfan right now. IU clearly dominates the pace.

Verdict: Islamabad United

 

Spin bowling:

Quetta Gladiators Islamabad United
Zulfiqar Babar (8 wickets) Imran Khalid (9 wickets)
Mohammad Nawaz (13 wickets) Saeed Ajmal (6 Ajmal)
Nathan McCullum Sameul Badree (3 wickets)

 

Nawaz can take some quick wickets while Zulfiqar Baber can contain runs. On the other hand, all three spinners of IU are in great form.

Verdict: Tie

 

All-rounders:

Quetta Gladiators Islamabad United
Anwer Ali (8 wickets, 25 runs) Andre Russell (13 wickets, 77 runs)
Mohammad Nawaz (13 wickets, 113 runs) Imran Khalid (9 wickets, 38 runs)
Nathan McCullum  

IU seems relying more on specialists while QG plays with some really good all-rounders. Nawaz and Anwer Ali can own the match anytime. Nathan McCullum is another great addition with his handy spin.

Verdict: Quetta Gladiators

 

Wicket-keeping:

Quetta Gladiators Islamabad United
Sarfaraz Ahmed (4) Brad Haddin (7)

 

Brad Haddin has been in comparatively better form than Sarfaraz. He has hunted 7 players behind the wicket in 7 matches while Sarfaraz has dismissed 4 in 9 matches. However, Sarfaraz add great value in batting.

Verdict: Tie

 

Good luck both teams!

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