Islamabad United will take on Quetta Gladiators in the first match of the Pakistan Super League at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on 4th February. Here’re the latest Islamabad United v Quetta Gladiators betting tips in this PSL 2016 encounter.
Considering the squad of Islamabad United, they have certainly got all the right names in it, which makes them one of the strongest teams in the competition. With the retired Australian cricketer Dean Jones as their coach and one of the most accomplished sportsmen Wasim Akram as their director, the management of the team is certainly in the right hands.
The lads will be led by Misbah-ul-Haq, who also happens to be the Test captain of the Pakistan’s national team. As a veteran ODI player, he certainly lacks the experience when it comes to the T20 format, seeing that he played in just 39 matches, compared to 162 in the ODI.
However, he will be complimented well by the two all-rounders overseas who are coming in this tournament with their immense experience from the T20s. The first one is Shane Watson, who has scored more than a 1,000 runs in the format, while the second one is Andre Russell from West Indies, who is known for time in the Indian Premier League.
On the other hand, Quetta Gladiators are not too far behind either. They will be coached by former coach of the national team Moin Khan, along with Ian Pont and Julien Fountain handling the bowling and fielding aspects.
The team is captained by Sarfraz Ahmed, who in comparison to Misbah, is still behind in terms of experience. The 28 year old has played in just 8T20s, having scored just 85 runs. Nonetheless, Quetta Gladiators compensate for this brilliantly by bringing in the two veterans – Kevin Pietersen and Kumar Sangakkara. Moreover, the addition of Thisara Perera in the line-up makes the team even more interesting.
This being the inaugural match of the competition, it is definitely going to be an action-packed one. The odds are certainly packed in the favor Islamabad United.
Islamabad United v Quetta Gladiators betting tips:
Islamabad to win
The Islamabad United v Quetta Gladiators PSL match will be played at 20:00 hrs on 4th February.