Lahore Qalanders v Islamabad United Preview & Predictions: The PSL is back, will Rashid Khan make the difference for Lahore?

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Match: Lahore Qalandars v Islamabad United

Date: 9th June 2021

Competition: PSL

Location: UAE

Trends & Recent Form

The PSL returns after a break and is now taking place in the UAE. The remaining fixtures will be played out between now and the final on the 24th of June (all being well). 

The franchises are back along with most of their major stars. The tournament also has a new sponsor with sky247.net coming in for the second half. 

Lahore Qalanders form

Lahore Qalandars logo

Position: 4th of 6

Record:
  • Played: 4
  • Won: 3
  • Lost: 1
  • Net Run Rate: +0.085
Top players
  • Top Batsman: Fakhar Zaman 189 runs
  • Top Bowler: Shaheen Afridi 9 wickets
Latest stats and trends
  • Qalanders have made one major change to their team for the second half of the tournament. Shakib Al Hasan pulled out and has been replaced by Rashid Khan. What a signing that could prove to be. Khan is currently living in the UAE has not had to travel in to play. 
  • Afridi is already 2nd on the bowling table and should power on with the UAE pitches suiting his style. Add in Haris Rauf and LQ has an excellent bowling attack. This change could put them in the frame to win the tournament. 
  • In the last match before the break, LQ pulled off an excellent victory over rivals Karachi Kings chasing down 187 in 19.2 overs. Afridi picked up the player of the match award with 3/27 from his 4 overs. 
  • Fakhar Zaman top performed with the bat getting 83 from 54 in the chase including 4 sixes and 8 fours. 
  • Wicket keeper Ben Duck had a key part in the match smashing 31 from 9 balls – a striker rate of 344.44 to win the match. Quite a recovery from 0.2 at the end of the first over! 

Islamabad United form

Islamabad United PSL logo

Position: 3rd of 6

Record:
  • Played: 4
  • Won: 3
  • Lost: 1
  • Net Run Rate: +0.202
Top players
  • Top Batsman:
  • Top Bowler: Hasan Ali 6 wickets
Latest stats and trends
  • IS has started well in the first half of the tournament winning 3 of their 4 matches. Their best win was against the Karacho Kings where they chased down 197 to win with 5 balls remaining. 
  • They have lost 3 key international players in the break with Alex Hales, Phil Salt, and Lewis Gregory missing.
  • They have brought in some experience with Aussie opener Usman Khawaja but the squad still feels like it is a little light to really compete. The break has not really been kind to Islamabad.
  • In the 4 matches so far IU has only won when chasing a score down. This was the case with the majority of PSL games played so far but should be different on the UAE wickets.  

Match Prediction & Tips

Match Prediction: Lahore Qalanders to win*

The bowling attack gives us the belief that LH will win this match. They were already performing well before they brought in Rashid Khan and he adds another level of depth to the squad. 

They should have too much for IU in this match.

Predicted score (if batting first)

Lahore Qalanders – 190/4

Islamabad United – 120/8

Match questions?

Our team thinks Lahore Qalanders will win this match, comfortably. 

It restarts with this match on the 1st of June. 

*Odds & Responsible gambling

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