With the play-off matches, the PSL 2022 has reached its conclusion. Multan Sultans and Lahore Qalanders finished first and second in the points table, respectively, and faced off in qualifier 1, with Multan Sultans advancing to the finals. In this match, Lahore Qalanders will have a second chance to reach the finals, as they will face Islamabad United. Islamabad United won the eliminator match against Peshawar Zalmi to advance to the Qualifier 2.
The game between the two teams will take place on February 25th, 2022 at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
Match Details to Note
Match: Lahore Qalandars vs Islamabad United, Eliminator 2 Match, Pakistan Super League, 2022
Date: February 25, 2022 (Friday)
Time: 8:00 PM IST
Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
Lahore Qalandars vs Islamabad United Team Previews
Multan defeated Lahore Qalandars in Qualifier-1, despite winning six of their ten league games this season. Fakhar Zaman is in fine form, having scored a century and six half-centuries. However, the rest of the batting has been mediocre. Mohammad Hafeez and Kamran Ghulam have played some solid knocks, while Harry Brook has scored a century. The pace trio of Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, and Zaman Khan also appears to be in top form. However, the team is missing a true wicket-taking spinner.
Fakhar Zaman extended his unbeaten run with another fifty, this time scoring 63 runs off 45 balls. The wickets continued to fall at the other end, and only three other players scored in double digits, with neither scoring more than 20 runs. Abdullah Shafique, Mohammed Hafeez, Kamran Ghulam, and Harry Brook will all be looking to make an impact in this match.
Spinners Mohammed Hafeez and Samit Patel each took a wicket as the team took only two wickets. In the previous match, the pace trio of Shaheen Shah Afridi (15 wickets), Haris Rauf (13 wickets), and Zaman Khan (14 wickets) failed to take a single wicket. They will be looking for better performances from them in this match.
Lahore Qalandars Squad
Fakhar Zaman, Philip Salt (wk), Kamran Ghulam, Mohammad Hafeez, Harry Brook, Sohail Akhtar, David Wiese, Shaheen Afridi (c), Haris Rauf, Fawad Ahmed, Zaman Khan, Samit Patel, Ben Dunk, Dean Foxcroft, Abdullah Shafique, Matty Potts, Mohammad Imran Randhawa, Maaz Khan, Akif Javed, Zeeshan Ashraf, Ahmed Daniyal, Syed Faridoun
Predicted XI: Fakhar Zaman, Abdullah Shafique, Kamran Ghulam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sohail Akhtar, Harry Brook, Samit Patel, David Wiese/Fawad Ahmed, Shaheen Afridi (c), Haris Rauf, Zaman Khan
Islamabad United won four of their ten games, including an eliminator-1 victory over Peshawar Zalmi. Alex Hales made an incredible comeback in the previous game, while Will Jacks was the best batter in the Bangladesh Premier League last month. Shadab Khan’s return is critical for this team. He’s been fantastic with both the bat and the ball. In the middle order, Azam Khan has played some excellent innings. The pace attack will be led by Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, and Waqas Maqsood, while spin will be handled by Zahid Mahmood and Liam Dawson.
In the chase, Alex Hales led their batting unit with 62 runs off 49 balls. Shadab Khan (22 runs), Azam Khan (28 runs), Faheem Ashraf (19 runs), and Liam Dawson (10 runs) all made crucial cameos to help the team win the game in a thrilling last over chase.
In their last game, their bowlers allowed 169 runs in 20 overs. Hasan Ali was the match’s standout bowler, recording figures of 4-0-30-3. Shadab Khan and Faheem Ashraf each took a wicket in the match.
Islamabad United Squad
Asif Ali, Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Alex Hales, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Azam Khan, Paul Stirling, Colin Munro, Marchant de Lange, Muhammad Akhlaq, Reece Topley, Danish Aziz, Zafar Gohar, Mubasir Khan, M. Zeeshan, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ather Mehmood, Musa Khan, Zahir Khan, Mohammad Huraira, Liam Dawson
Predicted XI: Alex Hales, Will Jacks, Shadab Khan, Azam Khan, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Liam Dawson, Hasan Ali, Athar Mahmood, Zahid Mahmood, Waqas Maqsood
Lahore Qalandars vs Islamabad United Toss Prediction
Because bowlers will struggle to grip the ball in the second innings, both captains may be tempted to bowl first.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
In the last two games, a new pitch has been used, and the scoring rate has increased. And the dew is expected to subside in the second inning. We anticipate that the average score in this match will be around 170-180 runs.
The weather forecast for Lahore on Friday does not look promising, with scattered thunderstorms expected in the evening. The humidity is expected to be around 81 percent, with a 60% chance of rain. In the evening, the temperature will be around 13°C.
Head to head record of Lahore Qalandars vs Islamabad United
In the PSL, Islamabad United has a significant advantage over Lahore Qalandars, having won nine games to the Qalandars’ four. In the last five meetings, Lahore Qalandars have a 3-2 advantage.
Lahore Qalandars – 5
Islamabad United – 9
Lahore Qalandars vs Islamabad United Match Prediction
Both teams are evenly balanced for the upcoming match, which will put both captains’ nerves to the test. Team Lahore Qalandars will be the favourites to win this contest.
Lahore Qalandars is the favourite to beat Islamabad United at the odds of 1.75.
- Lahore Qalanders lost Qualifier 1 to Multan Sultans and have now lost three of their last four matches.
- In the eliminator match, Islamabad United defeated Peshawar Zalmi by 5 wickets.
- This season, Lahore Qalanders defeated Islamabad United twice.