PSL 2021: Match 15 LAH vs ISL Match Prediction - Who will win today's PSL match?

PSL 2021: Lahore Qalandars vs Islamabad United Match Prediction – Who will win today’s match?

The Qalandars haven't beaten the United in the PSL since the 2016-17 edition.

Lewis Gregory
Lewis Gregory. (Photo by Asif HASSAN / AFP) (Photo by ASIF HASSAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Preview

The second leg of the 2021 Pakistan Super League is all set to get underway at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Lahore Qalandars and Islamabad United will be locking horns on Wednesday, June 9. Both teams have had impressive runs thus far in the PSL 2021.

Having won three out of their first four games, they are well on their way of qualifying for the playoffs, though there’s a long way to go. Another win will take them to the top of the points table. Going into the next game, it’s pertinent to note that the Qalandars haven’t defeated the United since the 2016-17 edition.

Both sides also have a healthy net run rate, showing their decent run of form. But since they will be playing after a gap of three months, it remains to be seen how they adjust to the new conditions in the United Arab Emirates.

Match Details

Match – Lahore Qalandars vs Islamabad United – 15th match

Venue – Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Time – 9:30 PM IST, 04:00 PM GMT

Where to watch live – Sony Sports Network, Sony LIV

Pitch Report

In the 2020 IPL, the average first-innings score was around the 160-mark with a team once getting out for below 100. However, in most of the matches, the scores remained high and hence, a fairly high-scoring game can be expected on Wednesday. Teams should opt to bat second as the track has helped the chasing sides.

Avg first innings score: 162 (22 matches in IPL 2020 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium)

Record of chasing teams: Won – 13, Lost – 8, Tied – 1

Playing combination for LAH vs ISL

Lahore Qalandars

Predicted XI

Fakhar Zaman, Zeeshan Ashraf, Sohail Akhtar, Mohammad Hafeez, Ben Dunk, Samit Patel, David Wiese/James Faulkner, Rashid Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Dilbar Hussain/Salman Mirza

Bench: Muhammad Faizan, Muhammad Zaid Alam, Callum Ferguson, Tim David, Sultan Ahmed, Tom Abell, Agha Salman, Joe Denly, Ahmed Daniyal, Seekkuge Prasanna, Maaz Khan, Dilbar Hussain/Salman Mirza

Islamabad United

Predicted XI

Alex Hales, Phillip Salt, Shadab Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Lewis Gregory, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Ahmed, Hasan Ali, Muhammad Musa

Bench: Usman Khawaja, Colin Munro, Paul Stirling, Akif Javed, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Rohail Nazir, Zafar Gohar, Reece Topley, Ahmed Safi Abdullah, Ali Khan, Chris Jordan, Zeeshan Zameer, Muhammad Akhlaq

LAH vs ISL Head-to-Head

Overall

Played – 10 | Lahore Qalandars – 2 | Islamabad United – 8 | N/R – 2

Probable best batsman of the match

Mohammad Hafeez-– Lahore Qalandars

Mohammad Hafeez, without much doubt, was the standout batter for the Qalandars in the first leg of PSL 2021. Batting in the middle-order, the veteran managed 181 runs in four matches at an average and strike-rate of 90.50 and 175.72 respectively along with a top score of an unbeaten 73. Not to forget that he can bowl handy off-breaks as well.

Alex Hales– Islamabad United

Alex Hales has been in stupendous form in franchise domestic T20 leagues over the last few months. He has shown his class for the United as well as he is currently their leading run-scorer. In four games, Hales has notched 139 runs at an average and strike rate of 34.75 and 171.60 respectively. The right-hander is again expected to play a key role.

Today’s match prediction: The team, batting second to win the match.

Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.