Date: 4th March 2021
Time: 7:30 PM(IST)
Venue: National Stadium, Karachi
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Islamabad United square off against Lahore Qalandars in this high-voltage Pakistan Super League (PSL) match. Both the teams are in comprehensive form and will be vying to solidify their position in the points table. Nearly half the tournament is over and the teams should buckle up to cement themselves in the elusive top-4 berths. Islamabad are at the second position in the points table and Lahore occupy the 3rd position. Both the teams are coming on the back off victories and should have momentum on their side.
Islamabad were under bated breath before the start of their previous game. Islamabad player Fawad Ahmed had contracted the dreaded COVID-19 virus and the match had to be postponed to the next day. The team had to be mentally strong to outclass Quetta and they did that. Islamabad’s Faheem Ashraf guided them to the win. He had bowling figures of 3/11 in his 4 overs and bamboozled all the batsmen. Paul Stirling too starred with the bat. He notched up a brilliant 56.
Lahore have had a topsy-turvy campaign so far. They started off with 2 win, then lost 1 match to Multan Sultans. Then they staged a massive comeback and won their previous game against defending champions Karachi Kings. Skipper Sohail Akhtar mentioned that they were under pressure. Opener Fakhar Zaman scored a belligerent knock of 83 and powered Lahore to the total. Ben Dunk and David Wiese too contributed handsomely in the chase.
Probable Playing XI
Paul Stirling, Alex Hales, Shadab Khan (c), Iftikhar Ahmed, Rohail Nazir (wk), Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Muhammad Musa
Fakhar Zaman, Zeeshan Ashraf, Joe Denly, Mohammad Hafeez, Sohail Akhtar (c), Ben Dunk (wk), Samit Patel, David Wiese, Shaheen Afridi, Ahmed Daniyal, Haris Rauf
Wicket-Keepers: Rohail Nazir, Ben Dunk
Batsmen: Alex Hales, Fakhar Zaman, Paul Stirling, Hussain Talat
All-Rounders: Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammed Hafeez, David Wiese
Bowlers: Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Mohammed Wasim
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