Man of the Match: Cameron Delport
Islamabad United to Win
Our Prediction is Islamabad United to win this game!
Reigning Champions will be determined to break their losing streak when they take on Lahore Qalandars in the 27th game of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Karachi on Saturday.
Islamabad United will be keen to win this game and take one step closer towards securing their place in the playoffs of the competition. Mohammad Sami will be hoping that Islamabad can find form in this game with bat and ball.
On the other, Lahore Qalandars are coming into this game on the back of two-match losing streak. The franchise will certainly face an uphill task in terms of qualifying for the playoffs. Qalandars are also missing AB De Villiers and Mohammad Hafeez, who are sidelined due to injuries. It will take something special for Lahore to qualify for the playoffs of the competition.
The franchise will be looking to produce their best effort with the bat and ball in the remaining two round-robin games. Qalandars will need to win their remaining games in order to have a chance of qualifying for the playoffs.
Interim Captain Fakhar Zaman will lead from the front with the bat and put in a big score for the side against Islamabad United. Zaman has so far scored 194 runs in 8 matches with two half-centuries to his name. He will certainly enjoy the batting conditions in Karachi as there will no hint of seam movement for the pace bowlers.
Haris Sohail looked in good touch with the bat and scored 43 off 33 balls with the help of four fours and a six. Left-handed batsman will be determined to make an impression with the bat in this game. In the absence of AB De Villiers, Qalandars will be hoping that Haris can produce something special with the bat.Sohail Akthar, David Wiese and wicket-keeper Umair Masood chipped in with crucial runs for Lahore in the previous game.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Sandeep Lamichhane, Haris Rauf and Rahat Ali to do deliver crucial breakthroughs. Rookie pace bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi produced a magical bowling performance and picked up three wickets in the previous game played against Peshawar Zalmi. He is certainly one bowler that has the ability to make early inroads with the new-ball.
Fakhar Zaman (c), Umair Masood (wk), Sohail Akthar, Anton Devcich, Corey Anderson, Haris Sohail, David Wiese, Rahat Ali, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sandeep Lamichhane.
Riki Wessels, Sohail Akhtar, Sandeep Lamichhane, Rahat Ali, F Zaman, Haris Sohail, Anton Devcich, Shaheen Afridi, Agha Salman, D Wiese, Haris Rauf
The defending champions will need to bring their A-game to the table in this must-win game against Lahore Qalandars. Skipper Mohammad Sami will be hoping that side can win this game in order to secure their place in the playoffs of the competition.
United will need to improve their game as unit as they have lost three matches in a row. The side looks heavily reliant on their wicket-keeper batsman Luke Ronchi to do the bulk of the scoring. Ronchi so far is franchise’s leading run-scorer with 297 runs in 9 matches with three half-centuries to his name. Besides Ronchi, Asif Ali has also done a decent job with the bat and scored 202 runs in 9 matches.
Cameron Delport also chipped in with 25 off 27 balls with the help of four fours. The rest of the batting lineup crumbled in the previous game against Quetta Gladiators. The team management might bring Ian Bell and Wayne Parnell in this game. Bell has played only game for the franchise this season.
In the bowling department, all-rounder Faheem Ashraf was the standout performer with the ball against Quetta Gladiators. He picked up four wickets and conceded 18 runs from his four overs. Samit Patel and Zafar Gohar also put in a decent effort with the ball in the previous game
Mohammad Sami (captain), Luke Ronchi, Cameron Delport, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Philip Salt/Ian Bell, Faheem Ashraf, Zafar Gohar, Samit Patel/Chadwick Walton, Shadab Khan, Rumman Raees.
Luke Ronchi, Chadwick Walton, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Cameron Delport, Rumman Raees, Muhammad Musa, Mohammad Sami, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Philip Salt
The wicket prepared for the game will be good for batting. The spinners will get assistance off the surface. The weather forecast for the game on Saturday is going to be sunny.
National Cricket Stadium is set to host eight games in this year’s competition. The first of the remaining round-robin matches will be played on Saturday. The venue also hosted the finals of 2018 Pakistan Super League.
The side that wins the toss would be keen to bowl first and restrict their opponents to a decent score. Batting second is the way to go at this venue.
Islamabad United will be confident of doing well in this game. In their previous meeting between the two teams, Islamabad notched up a comfortable win over Lahore. United will be favorites to win this contest against Qalandars.
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