The day has finally come when Pakistani fans will get to enjoy cricket in their own country. The teams have arrived in Karachi ahead of the first match of the last leg of PSL4 between Islamabad United and Lahore Qalandars at the National Stadium. Both Islamabad and Lahore are struggling to enter into the qualifier stage and are desperate for a win. United and Qalandars have a great squad but one can still not predict who will emerge victorious on the game day.
Lahore Qalandars have suffered major blows in PSL4 as they have lost multiple players to injuries, first Hafeez, then Taylor and now their main warrior, AB de Villiers. In the absence of AB it would be difficult for the Qalandars to put up a big score, his absence would be sorely felt. Even Hafeez’s replacement, Salman Butt hasn’t performed well so far, therefore, problems have multiplied for the team.
Qalandars has also confirmed the inclusion of English wicket-keeper batsman Riki Wessels and Sri lanka’s Asela Gunaratne in the squad for Pakistan’s leg of the tournament. The English wicket-keeper batsman and Sri Lankan all-rounder will replace Corey Andersen and Ryan ten Doeschate, respectively, in the team.
Islamabad United have a well-constructed squad, their bowling attack is led by skipper Sami and vice-captain, Shadab Khan whereas batting attack is being headed by Luke Ronchi. The side seems much stronger than the Qalandars, there is more depth in the side and they are also the two times champion therefore clearly the odds are in their favor.
Let’s have a look at the playing XI of both the teams for Islamabad United vs Lahore Qalandars clash:
- Fakhar Zaman (c)
- Sohail Akhtar
- Riki Wessels (wk)
- Haris Sohail
- Agha Salman
- AP Devcich
- David Wiese
- Haris Rauf
- Shaheen Afridi
- Rahat Ali
- S. Lamichhane
- Luke Ronchi (wk)
- Cameron Delport
- Chadwick Walton
- Asif Ali
- Hussain Talat
- Shadab Khan
- Faheem Ashraf
- Rumman Raees
- Muhammad Sami (c)
- Phil Salt
- Muhammad Musa
Match Time, Venue and Weather Conditions
Match Time: The match will be started at 7:00 PM (Pakistan), 6:00 PM (Dubai) and 7:30 PM (India).
Venue: National Stadium Karachi.
Weather Conditions: The weather is expected to be sunny and clear.
Toss: Lahore opted to bowl
What’s on Twitter
Both the teams are fully ready for the big battle but they also made sure to enjoy some local food before.
These guys just had biryani made by @rummanraees15’s mother and they loved it. Karachi ki biryani, Pakistan mai foreign stars, cricket ki wapsi, aur kya chahye. #PakistanZindabad pic.twitter.com/ZrCKdvB5mO
— Zafar Gohar (@iamzafargohar) March 8, 2019
Sherus are charged and can’t wait to perform in Pakistan.
Cricket has always been our passion but when #CricketComesHome we get euphoric! The Stage is set in Karachi now and #Sherus are more charged, thrilled and ready to #RoarForVictory in our homeland! #UnitedWeWin #HBLPSL2019 pic.twitter.com/sYZnQG9pde
— Islamabad United (@IsbUnited) March 8, 2019
Foreign players of Lahore Qalandars also came in style and are ready to bounce back.
— Lahore Qalandars (@lahoreqalandars) March 8, 2019
Riki Wessels is the new addition to the squad replacing Ryan ten Doeschate who didn’t travel due to an injury.
Foreign players of Lahore Qalandars have arrived in Pakistan. Riki Wessels have also joined the squad, Ryan ten Doeschate didn’t travel due to an injury. pic.twitter.com/eGnKlvxXBB
— Faizan Lakhani (@faizanlakhani) March 8, 2019
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