PSL 2016, Match 18: Lahore Qalandars vs Quetta Gladiators – Key players
Quetta will go in to this match as clear favorites considering their recent form.
New Delhi: Lahore Qalandars (LQ) and Quetta Gladiators (QG) will battle it out in Match 18 of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) on Tuesday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Lahore, with 4 points from 6 matches, find themselves at the bottom of the points table, while the Gladiators are 2nd with 10 points from 7 matches.
A solid performance from the Lahore will see them climb above Karachi in the standings. There is added incentive for Quetta as well, as a win will power them to the top of the points table.
Quetta will go in to this match as clear favorites considering their recent form. But with mavericks on either side, this Tuesday clash could be decided by a moment of magic.
Here are some players who could produce it.
Umar Akmal (LQ): The right-hander scored an unbeaten 52 off 31 balls in his last outing. The onus of putting runs on the board will once again be on the 25-year-old especially with a misfiring Chris Gayle at the top of the order.
Ahmed Shehzad (QG): The opener will be looking to put the events of Sunday behind him. The right-hander has looked in good touch, getting plenty of starts in the tournament. Quetta will rely on Shehzad for yet another good start.
Cameon Delport: The 26-year-old has been one of the finds of this tournament. In six innings, the left-hander has hit 3 fifties and picked up 4 wickets. The South African could be Lahore's trump card against Quetta.
Kevin Pietersen: The right-hander's failures have been masked by his team's overall success. Against Lahore, the 35-year-old will be looking to go beyond his highest score of 35 in the tournament.