PSL 2019 – Islamabad United vs Lahore Qalandars Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Islamabad United vs Lahore Qalandars taking place? Thursday, 14th February, 17:45 (UK)

Where is Islamabad United vs Lahore Qalandars taking place? Dubai International Cricket Stadium

What is the expected weather for Islamabad United vs Lahore Qalandars? 21-23c with sunshine and clear skies

What channel is Islamabad United vs Lahore Qalandars on? PSL is not available live in the UK but highlights can be viewed on PTV Prime (Sky Channel 783)

Where can I stream Islamabad United vs Lahore Qalandars? N/A

Where can I get tickets for Islamabad United vs Lahore Qalandars? Ticket information for all PSL 2019 fixtures can be found on https://www.q-tickets.com/psl/eventlist.aspx

THE STATISTICS

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings:
Islamabad United W4, Lahore Qalandars W2
Last meeting: Islamabad United beat Lahore Qalandars by 6 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

ISLAMABAD UNITED

Coach: Dean Jones

Captain: Mohammad Sami

  • Islamabad United head into the fourth edition of the PSL as defending champions with the most successful franchise in the competition’s history looking to secure back-to-back titles in what would be their third victory.

  • 37-year-old Mohammad Sami has been named captain of Islamabad United with the second highest wicket-taker in PSL history replacing Luke Ronchi whilst Shadab Khan has been appointed as vice-captain at the tender age of 20.

  • Ronchi is now free to concentrate on his batting which will be a worry for the opposing teams in the tournament after he scored the highest number runs in the 2018 PSL although it with him and Ian Bell two of their overseas' players, they are relying heavily on some veterans to produce the goods.

LAHORE QALANDARS

Coach: Aqib Javed

Captain: Mohammad Hafeez

  • Lahore Qalandars have been installed as the bookmakers’ favourite to claim the 2019 PSL crown but have it all to do to back that confidence up having finished in last position in all three competitions so far and have notoriously had big names but have failed to deliver.

  • With a superb roster on paper with AB de Villiers the obvious highlight, it is clear to see why the Qalandars are held in such high regard heading in to this year’s competition as the South African heads the list of some star names.

  • De Villiers is supported by West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite, Kiwi all-rounder Corey Anderson, and Nepalese leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane to name a couple whilst Pakistan paceman Shaheen Shah Afridi could have a breakout competition at just 18-years-old.

THE PREDICTION

Defending champions Islamabad United face a tough opening fixture against competition favourites Lahore Qalandars in the first game of the 2019 Pakistan Super League. United have been the team to beat since the induction of the PSL thee years’ ago but have a big task on their hands to retain their crown. The Qalandars have recruited wisely with the acquisition of AB de Villiers enough to set pulses racing and his side can lay down a marker with victory in this opening contest.