Cricket match date: 09th March 2019
Cricket match time: 07:30 pm IST
Cricket match location: National Stadium, Karachi
Cricket Match format: T20
Tournament: Pakistan Super League
Team A: Lahore Qalandars
Team B: Islamabad United
Team A Captain: Fakhar Zaman
Team B Captain: Mohammad Sami
Cricket Match Preview:
Cricket returns to Pakistan and Lahore Qalandars and Islamabad United will take on each other in an important encounter. While cricket coming to Pakistan is big news, cricket with context adds to the flavour. Both cricket teams are still in contention of reaching the semifinals and will enjoy playing in front of cricket-loving Pakistani public.
Lahore have got a big blow even before landing in Pakistan. Their regular skipper AB de Villiers is out of the Pakistan leg of the tournament due to a back injury. In his absence, Fakhar Zaman will be leading the side. Lahore have been struggling in the tournament so far. While they are still in the reckoning, they would need to win both of their last two cricket games.
For Lahore, their last two victories have come while chasing the scores. One of them was against Multan Sultans while chasing a huge total of 200 runs. The other was against Quetta Gladiators while chasing a low total of 106 runs. But apart from these wins, they have had 3 losses in their last 5 cricket games.
Islamabad United are in a better position than Lahore but they are still not ensured of their semifinal spot. They will need to win their last cricket game to be confident of their chances. Like Lahore, they too have won just 2 cricket games in their last 5 cricket games. Even more alarmingly, they have lost their last 2 cricket games against Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators.
Their bowling has been struggling a bit in their last few cricket games and their batting, apart from Luke Ronchi, has been inconsistent. They would be looking at Asif Ali to make a useful contribution with the bat as if he fires there is very little opposition bowling will be able to do.
Cricket Match Information:
Lahore Qalandars and Islamabad United will take on each other in their 9th and final cricket game of this year’s Pakistan Super League. So far, while Lahore Qalandars have played 8 cricket games and won only 3 cricket games, Islamabad United have played 9 cricket games and won 4 cricket games. As of now, Lahore Qalandars are on the 5th spot while Islamabad United are on the 3rd spot on the points table.
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
Lahore Qalandars are at number 5 position currently on the points table. They have lost their last 2 cricket games against Karachi Kings and Peshawar Zalmi hence, our prediction is of changes to their playing eleven compared to their last cricket game.
Here is our prediction of Lahore Qalandars’ playing XI:
- Fakhar Zaman
- Sohail Akhtar
- Sandeep Lamichhane
- AP Devcich
- Ryan Ten Doeschate
- Gauhar Ali
- David Weise
- Yasir Shah
- Shaheen Afridi
- Haris Rauf
- Aizaz Cheema
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
Islamabad United are being led by fast bowler Mohammad Sami this year. Due to their defeat in the last 2 cricket games, our prediction is of some changes to their eleven that played in their last cricket game.
Here is our prediction of Islamabad United’s playing XI:
- Luke Ronchi
- Mohammad Sami
- Shahdab Khan
- Shahibzada Farhan
- CS Delport
- Hussain Talat
- CAK Walton
- Faheem Ashraf
- Samit Patel
- Rumman Raees
- Asif Ali
Cricket Statistics and Prediction:
Lahore Qalandars’ skipper, Fakhar Zaman, has had an inconsistent tournament so far. His form at the top of the order for Lahore is crucial. Our prediction is of a good score from him in this cricket game.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
Cricket returns to Pakistan after quite a while hence, the nature of the pitch will be interesting to watch. The last international cricket test match played here was between Pakistan and West Indies back in 2018. That cricket game produced the scores of around 150 runs by both sides. Pakistan won the game of cricket by 8 wickets and the pitch seemed a lot easier. Our prediction is of high first innings score of 160 runs. The team chasing the total is expected to be the winning side. Conditions are expected to be dry and dew is expected on the ground.
Islamabad United will begin this game of cricket as favourites as well. Lahore Qalandars will be a depleted side due to missing players and mentally due to many losses. Hence, our prediction is of Islamabad’s win.
Top Batsman (Prediction):
Luke Ronchi (IU) – 50+ runs
Top Bowler (Prediction):
Sandeep Lamichhane (LQ) – 2 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
Luke Ronchi (IU)
Lahore Qalandars – 2.00
Islamabad United – 1.66
*odds may change anytime