The Islamabad United play the Lahore Qalandars in the 18th match of the third season of the Pakistan Super League, and the match will be played on Thursday. The match will be played in Dubai. The match will begin at 4:30 pm PST (11.30 am GMT).
Till last season, the PSL was a five-team event which saw those sides fight it out for a top-four spot, making the group stage a tad redundant. This year a sixth team, Multan Sultans, were added to the competition but Lahore Qalandars’ performances so far have made it to be another, virtual five-team tournament.
With zero points from five games, the Qalandars need a performance of their life-time to hold a chance of qualifying for the playoffs but their bigger problem right now is to not finish up with no wins in the tournament. It’s a surprise that Brendon McCullum’s captaincy hasn’t been questioned so far because in tournaments like these, unless the captain has been in rip-roaring form, his is the first head to roll.
McCullum’s form has been patchy – there have been three innings of 30 or more but it must be quickly added that a couple of them have been so slow that they might have even contributed to the defeats. The other batsmen haven’t been blameless either and that’s the one big issue afflicting the side; how to get more from their batsmen.
Up against them are the Islamabad United team, who are in a three-pronged battle for the third spot at the moment. Having played five games, Islamabad are on six points, which is the same as Peshawar and Quetta but these two teams have featured in an extra game. The issue for Islamabad is their net run-rate which has fallen to a minus 0.131, the only team other than Lahore to have a negative NRR.
What that implies is that Islamabad will need to start winning big and losing small if they want to not lose out on the playoffs berth on their net run-rate.
Islamabad’s batting, much like the Qalandars, has been a struggle. Luke Ronchi’s 117 runs in the tournament so far is the highest for his side and still puts him on the 10th spot in the highest run-getters this season. The likes of JP Duminy, Faheem Ashraf, Asif Ali and Chadwick Walton have all struggled to get going.
It’s Mohammad Sami who has led the side on his own with the ball, with eight wickets from five games at 15. Ashraf has six wickets too and together, they have kept Islamabad in the hunt. Lahore Qalandars vs Islamabad United 18th match prediction, betting tips & preview are placed below.
Lahore Qalandars vs Islamabad United Predictions & Tips
Lahore to win.