Both teams have not been performing well off late and have not qualified for the playoff till now. However, Islamabad United would know that a win this match would see them through to the playoffs. This would be the first match of the Pakistan leg of the tournament which will now entirely be played in Karachi.
Lahore Qalandars made stock changes in the last match with as many as five players being replaced. The biggest setback for the team was the back strain to AB de Villiers because of which he will not be able to feature in the remainder of the tournament.
Ryan ten Doeschate was included in the playing XI in his place. Apart from that, Anton Devcich, Umair Masood, Shaheen Afridi and Rahat Ali came in for Corey Anderson, Gaukhar Ali, Aizaz Cheema and Yasir Shah.
In the absence of de Villiers, Fakhar Zaman would be the leading batsman for Lahore Qalandars. Zaman has already score two half-centuries.
Among the bowlers Haris Rauf has done well and has 11 wickets. Rahat Ali and Sandeep Lamichhane will also pose threats for the Islamabad United batsmen.
Luke Ronchi has been the top-scorer for Islamabad United with close to 300 runs. Asif Ali is another major batsman for the team in the middle order. All-rounder Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan and Mohammad Sami are their premium bowlers.
Lahore Qalandars- Fakhar Zaman, Anton Devcich, Haris Sohail, Ryan ten Doeschate, Sohail Akhtar, Umair Masood, David Wiese, Shaheen Afridi, Sandeep Lamichhane, Haris Rauf, Rahat Ali
Islamabad United- Luke Ronchi, Cameron Delport, Chadwick Walton, Asif Ali, Rizwan Hussain, Samit Patel, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Zafar Gohar, Mohammad Sami, Amad Butt
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – Islamabad United
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) –Cameron Delport (Islamabad United), Fakhar Zaman (Lahore Qalandars)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Faheem Ashraf (Islamabad United), Sandeep Lamichhane (Lahore Qalandars)
Most Sixes – Asif Ali (Islamabad United), Fakhar Zaman (Lahore Qalandars)
Team Scores Batting First – Islamabad United 165+, Lahore Qalandars 150+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.
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