PSL 2019 – Islamabad United vs Lahore Qalandars 1st Match Prediction. Defending champions Islamabad United kick off the new 2019 Pakistan Super League against last year’s bottom-team Lahore Qalanders.
- Islamabad United won last year’s Pakistan Super League and retained the maximum ten of the players who fired them to victory in that tournament.
- Lahore Qalanders finished bottom of the pile with just three wins in ten matches last time out but they picked up AB de Villiers in the draft for this season – one of the most eye-catching of the new additions.
- Islamabad United won the most recent game between the two teams, but they also shared a thrilling, low-scoring tie in last season’s competition too.
Our Pick: Lahore Qalanders are favorites to win
Who will win Islamabad United vs Lahore Qalanders, PSL 2019?
PSL 2019 – Islamabad United vs Lahore Qalandars 1st Match Prediction. Defending champions Islamabad United kick off the new 2019 Pakistan Super League against last year’s bottom-team Lahore Qalanders. The match is the first in the first phase of fixtures, which are being played at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Scheduled for February 14, the live action begins at 21:00 local time.
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ISU vs LHQ Toss Prediction
The tendency in the UAE is to field first upon winning the toss, and both Islamabad United and Lahore Qalanders will want to win the first toss of this year’s tournament.
Islamabad United Team News & Playing 11
ISU Team News
Islamabad United retained the maximum allowed ten players from their PSL-winning squad from last season. That includes ‘platinum’ trio Luke Ronchi, Shadab Khan and Faheem Ashraf, and ‘diamond’ duo Asif Ali and Mohammad Sami. Among their draft signings were South African Cameron Delport, who has just finished with the Chittagong Vikings in the Bangladesh Premier League, and big-hitting former England international Samit Patel.
ISU Key Players
Luke Ronchi has been retained having been the top run scorer in last season’s Pakistan Super League. The big-hitting New Zealand wicket-keeper-batsman scored 435 runs in 11 matches, with one of his five half-centuries coming in the final.
They also boasted the top wicket-taker in last season’s tournament too; Faheem Ashraf took 18 wickets and added three in two T20i matches against South Africa this month too.
Those internationals also saw Hussain Talat show good batting form with 40 in the first game and 55 in the second, while Shadab Khan’s all-round contribution earned him the man-of-the-match award in the final game. Shadab took 3-25 in last year’s final too.
ISU Team Form
Islamabad United won last year’s Pakistan Super League after beating Peshawar Zalmi in the final in Karachi – Luke Ronchi scored 52 from 26 balls as they reached 154/7 in 16.5 overs to claim a three-wicket win. Ronchi had earlier top-scored with an unbeaten 94 from just 39 balls in a stunning eight-wicket win, completed in just 12.3 overs, against Karachi Kings in the qualifier.
In all, Islamabad won seven of their league matches and both play-off fixtures in last season’s Pakistan Super League. That run includes eight wins in their last nine games.
Islamabad United Predicted Playing 11
- Luke Ronchi, Sahibzada Farhan, Asif Ali, Cameron Delport, Ian Bell, Samit Patel, Shadab Khan, Hussain Talat, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Sami, Amad Butt
Lahore Qalandars Team News & Playing 11
LHQ Team News
Lahore Qalanders made the most eye-catching signing in this year’s draft as AB de Villiers signed to bolster the batting line-up. Fakhar Zaman and Yasir Shah were the most notable players retained by the Qalanders, while Mohammad Hafeez, Carlos Brathwaite, Corey Anderson and Sandeep Lamichhane were also brought in. Lamichhane is currently with the Melbourne Stars at the end of their Big Bash League campaign, however.
LHQ Key Players
AB de Villiers arrives having been in brilliant batting form during his short stint in the Bangladesh Premier League with Rangpur Riders. De Villiers – who signed off from the Mzansi Super League with an unbeaten 93 against Durban Heat, scored 34, 41, 1, 100*, 37 and 34* in his six BPL innings.He joins a batting line-up that also boasts Fakhar Zaman, who showed good form in the ODI series against South Africa and will want to transfer that to the T20 game now. Mohammad Hafeez also hit a half-century in the ODI series and boasts 30 half-centuries and two hundreds in his T20 career too.
Brendan Taylor could be an under-rated signing, meanwhile. He enjoyed good form in the BPL too as he scored 28, 32, 48, 34, 50 and 18 in his six innings for Khulna Titans – helping inspire them to significant improvements in their batting form.
With the ball, teenager Shaheen Afridi took a wicket in each of his two T20i appearances against South Africa and is one of Pakistan’s brightest bowling talents. Hardus Viljoen has enjoyed success in the T10 League recently, meanwhile – claiming 18 wickets in 18 overs.
LHQ Team Form
Lahore Qalanders finished bottom of the pile in last year’s Pakistan Super League after losing their first six matches. That included a super-over defeat to Islamabad United in Sharjah after a thrilling low-scoring tie.
They did win three in a row thereafter but lost their final game too, giving them a record of three wins and seven defeats in last season’s tournament.
Lahore Qalandars Predicted Playing 11
- Fakhar Zaman, Brendan Taylor, AB de Villiers, Mohammad Hafeez, Hasan Khan, Haris Sohail, Carlos Brathwaite, Hardus Viljoen, Yasir Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
ISU : W W L W W
LHQ : L W W W L
ISU vs LHQ Head to Head
Islamabad United have won three of their six matches against Lahore Qalanders, and a further one – in last season’s competition – in the super over a low-scoring tie.
The most recent match between them saw Fakhar Zaman and Anton Devcich share a 56-run opening partnership in a total of 163/8 for the Qalanders, before Luke Ronchi smashed 77 in the reply as Islamabad won by six wickets with 2.2 overs to spare.
Islamabad United vs Lahore Qalandars Betting Odds
Islamabad United and Lahore Qalanders are evenly split with the bookmakers despite the former’s dominant display last season. The acquisition of AB de Villiers is a big reason for that and you can back both teams at 1.90 to win with Bet365 or 1.83 with Betway.
De Villiers is 3.25 to be the Qalanders’ top batsman with Bet365, having been in great form in the Bangladesh Premier League.
Luke Ronchi was Islamabad’s star man last season, leading them to victory, and he is 4.00 to top score for the defending champions in their opening game.
With runs at the top of the order key, both teams can be backed at 1.90 to post the highest opening partnership, meanwhile. Ronchi could again be key to that for Islamabad.
Islamabad United vs Lahore Qalandars Prediction
Lahore Qalanders have made some eye-catching signings but Islamabad United were in dominant form last season and can start this year’s tournament with a win too.
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