Lahore Qalandars vs Islamabad United 17th Match Prediction
- After a first win of the season in their last match, inspired by Ben Dunk's 93 from 43 balls, Lahore Qalandars play their second of back-to-back 'home' games as they look to back that win up.
- Dunk's magnificent innings set them up for a total of 209/5, and Salman Irshad took 4-30 to bowl Quetta out for 172 in reply – Lahore's first win in eight matches.
- Islamabad United, on the other hand, have hit a rut with two defeats either side of a rained-off match against Peshawar Zalmi. They could not defend 183/3 last time out.
Lahore Qalandars vs Islamabad United Match Prediction, PSL 2020
Back to winning ways at last, Lahore Qalandars will hope another match in Lahore at the Gaddafi Stadium can inspire them to maintain that form. They face Islamabad United on March 4, with the live action getting underway at 19:00 local time.
After a seven-match losing streak stretching back to last season, the decision to bring Ben Dunk back into the team paid huge dividends last time out as he smashed 93 from 43 balls in a total of 209/5 against Quetta Gladiators. Salman Irshad then took 4-30 in a 37-run win.
While the Qalandars have got back to winning ways, Islamabad United are on a winless streak of their own. Defeats to Quetta and Karachi Kings, failing to defend 187/7 and 183/3 either side of a rained-off match, have seen them drop to fourth in the table.
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Lahore Qalandars are still yet to win the toss at Gaddafi Stadium this season, but their performance last time out may convince them to bat first again.
With a storm brewing overnight, the humidity will rise and the chance of rain increases in Lahore in the evening. They will hope the prediction that the rain stays away until after this match rings true.
The Lahore wicket is nicely mixed, though it certainly favoured batting in the first innings last time out.
Lahore Qalandars Team News & Playing 11
LHQ Team News
Lahore Qalandars rang the changes last time out in PSL 2020, as Ben Dunk replaced Dane Vilas behind the stumps and Salman Irshad was added to the bowling attack. Dunk smashed 93 from 43 balls and Irshad took four wickets. Seekkuge Prasanna was the other addition to the team, but had less impact. Nevertheless, the big win could encourage an unchanged team.
LHQ Key Players
Chris Lynn: A series of good starts at the top of the order do not bode well for the opposition, as the big-hitting Australian always looks well set to deliver a customary annihilation of a bowling attack very soon.
Shaheen Afridi: Wicketless last time out, but he did take 4-18 when these teams last met to prove his bowling quality.
Ben Dunk: Stole the show last time out as he smashed ten sixes on his way to 93 from 43 balls in a blistering innings at number three for the Qalandars.
LHQ Team Form
It was always going to take something special to end Lahore Qalandars’ losing streak, but they did it last time out after seven straight defeats. Ben Dunk provided the fireworks, with 93 from 43 balls, backed by Samit Patel’s 71 from 40 balls in a 155-run partnership, as the Qalandars posted 209/5 against Quetta Gladiators. In reply, Patel and Dilbar Hussain each took two wickets and Salman Irshad finished with 4-30 as they bowled Quetta out for 172.
Lahore Qalandars Predicted Playing 11
Fakhar Zaman, Chris Lynn, Ben Dunk (wk), Mohammad Hafeez, Sohail Akhtar (c), Samit Patel, Seekkuge Prasanna, Dilbar Hussain, Shaheen Afridi, Salman Irshad, Muhammad Faizan
Islamabad United Team News & Playing 11
ISU Team News
Dawid Malan was the overseas player to make way for Dale Steyn last time out, prompting Islamabad United to also bring Rizwan Hussain in for Amad Butt. Faheem Ashraf was punished with the ball and has generally been expensive in recent matches, so Butt may return in his place. Malan or Colin Munro will be the other key selection decision.
ISU Key Players
Luke Ronchi: The 38-year-old smashed an unbeaten 85 at the top of the order last time out – his second big half-century of this season’s tournament.
Shadab Khan: Scored his second half-century since being pushed up the order last time out – his first was against the Qalandars. He also has three wickets.
Dale Steyn: A mixed bag with the ball last time out, as he opened with a maiden and had Cameron Delport caught behind at a key point, but also went for 37 in total. There is no question his presence raises the bowling attack, however.
ISU Team Form
Islamabad United have now lost their last two completed games, failing to defend decent totals on both occasions. Colin Ingram top-scored with 63* as they scored 187/7 against Quetta Gladiators but lost by five wickets, while Luke Ronchi’s 85* counted for nothing last time out as they failed to defend 183/3 in another five-wicket loss.
Islamabad United Predicted Playing 11
Luke Ronchi (wk), Dawid Malan, Rizwan Hussain, Shadab Khan (c), Colin Ingram, Asif Ali, Amad Butt, Dale Steyn, Ahmed Safi Abdullah, Rumman Raees, Muhammad Musa
LHQ vs ISU Head to Head
Islamabad United’s win last month was their sixth in nine fixtures against Lahore Qalandars, while they also won a seventh after a super over in 2018. Islamabad won both games last season, and this season’s match also ended in a thrilling one-wicket win. Mohammad Hafeez hit 98* as Lahore posted 182/6, and Islamabad fell to 163/9 with 2.5 overs remaining as Shaheen Afridi claimed 4-18, despite Shadab Khan’s half-century. Number 11 Muhammad Musa hit 17* from 11 balls, however, as they claimed a one-wicket win with one ball to spare.
LHQ vs ISU Head to Head Stats
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