Lahore Qalandars v Islamabad United
Thursday 4 March 14.00
TV: stay on Sky Sports
Lahore suffered the dangerous luck of dropping Rashid Khan to harm on this event. And they’re at risk of one other important blow – the second leg of the event might not be performed at their residence floor, the Gaddafi Stadium.
The spate of constructive Covid exams within the event imply the PCB are contemplating retaining the present in Karachi. The Qalandars have objected purely out of self-interest. It would appear loopy in the event that they despatched all of the groups on the highway – and the virus too – to a different a part of the nation.
Qalandars loved a win final outing over Karachi Kings. Shaheen Shah Afridi, the main wicket-taker within the event, picked up the match gong proving they do not miss Rashid an excessive amount of.
Possible XI Fakhar, Sohail, Denly, Hafeez, Dunk, Wiese, Ashraf, Patel, Shaheen, Daniyal, Rauf
United discover their ft
It’s taken them 4 video games however Islamabad might have lastly settled on their finest XI. They have distributed with Phil Salt, one batsman too many, and changed him with residence wicketkeeper Rohail Nazir. For Salt, he has now had two very poor franchise tournaments in a row.
Nazir, simply 19, got here in at No 3 and made a promising begin in a profitable chase towards Quetta Gladiators. Paul Stirling is opening with Alex Hales and so they nonetheless have room for abroad possibility Lewis Gregory if required.
Their batting line-up is unpredictable. Shdabad, Faheem, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat and Iftikar may all bat at No 4 in the event that they so wished. Faheem has gone again down the order despite him displaying first rate hitting abilities.
Possible XI Stirling, Hales, Nazir, Shadab, Asif Ali, Talat, Iftikhar, Faheem, M Wasim, Hasan, Musa
It took 14 makes an attempt however a crew has lastly received a recreation on this PSL defending a rating. And would you imagine that it was Quetta, most likely the worst crew in it, who managed the feat. Their rating of 176 towards Multan Sultans was sufficient, despite Sultans going off like a rocket. We’re not satisfied the chaser will not proceed to dominate, nonetheless, and nonetheless price the toss as crucial side of the match. Once again, we advise big numbers for big runs in the last two-three overs of the first dig.
Qalandars on facet in chase
Lahore are 2.01/1 and Islamabad 1.9310/11. There’s not a lot in it, then, and these are the form of costs one would anticipate for a venue the place 13 of the 14 matches have been received by the crew batting second.
We suspect Lahore are the superior crew – we have doubts about flaky United batting after Peshawar rolled them for 118 – though their a lot touted bowling line-up hasn’t shone as anticipated. Haris Rauf has been quiet and Dilbar Hussain can not make the XI. At the break, with 180-200 on the board we would be glad to get with Lahore at odds-against.
Shadab Khan, beforehand going off at as massive as 9s and 10s, has lastly been reduce to 9/2 for prime United bat. So we finish our curiosity in him. Nazir is identical value and appears assured to bat at No 3. Hales has been price-boosted to 13/5.
Mohammad Hafeez stands out at 4/1 for prime Lahore bat. Sohail Akhtar is identical value and appears set to open so there’s additionally worth there. With the ball, Shaheen is 7/4 top Lahore bowler and he has very little to beat currently.