The fourth edition Pakistan Super League has finally arrived with a lot of excitement and expectations in store for us. Islamabad United, the defending champions, will face Lahore Qalandars for the opening match. The inaugural match of PSL 2019 will be played at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. The month-long (14th February- 17th March) tournament will witness six teams battling it out in 34 T20s to lift the PSL trophy.
Islamabad United defeated Peshawar Zalmi by three wickets last year in the finals to take the take the trophy home for the second time. Their title defense will begin this season when they face Lahore Qalandars in the opening match. Luke Ronchi will try to lead the side from the front just like the last season in which he scored 435 runs to crown them the champions.
Lahore Qalandars, on the other hand, had a horrible campaign last year in which they finished at the bottom of the points table. They could only manage to win three games in their ten outings last season. After having a forgettable campaign, the Qalandars would be hoping for a better performance this time around.
Date: Thursday, February 14, 2019
Time: 11:15 PM IST
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai.
League: Pakistan Super League
Live Telecast: D Sport
Online Streaming: Cricketgateway (Website, App)
Ground Stats T20
|Matches won batting first||23|
|Matches won bowling first||23|
|Average 1st Inns scores||142|
|Average 2nd Inns scores||126|
|Highest total recorded||211/3 (20 Ov) by SL vs PAK|
|Lowest total recorded||71/10 (19 Ov) by Ken vs IRE|
|Highest score chased||183/5 (19.4 Ov) by AFG vs UAE|
|Lowest score defended||144/6 (20 Ov) by PAK vs Eng|
- Harris Sohail is likely to miss out due to his fitness.
- Sandeep Lamichhane, D Wiese and C Anderson will not be available for this match.
- Brendan Taylor can play as a wicket-keeper to replace Devcich
Luke Ronchi (C), Sahibzada Farhan, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Faheem Ashraf, Zafar Gohar, Waqas Maqsood, Rumman Raees, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Sami, Ian Bell, Philip Salt, Cameron Delport, Samit Patel, Muhammad Musa, Wayne Parnell, Zahir Khan, Amad Butt, Rizwan Hussain, Nasir Nawaz
Mohammad Hafeez (C), Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, AB de Villiers, Yasir Shah, Sohail Akhtar, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Rahat Ali, Agha Salman, Hassan Khan, Anton Devcich, Carlos Brathwaite, Corey Anderson, Sandeep Lamichhane, Mohammad Imran, Umair Masood, Brendan Taylor, Gohar Ali, Aizaz Cheema, Haris Rauf, David Wiese, Hardus Viljoen
- Luke Ronchi (C)
- Hussain Talat
- Asif Ali
- Mohammad Hafeez (C)
- C Brathwaite
- AB de Villiers
Probable Playing XI
Luke Ronchi, Sahibzada Farhan, Cameron Delport, H Talat, Samit Patel,Asif Ali,Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Amad Butt/Zafar Gohar, Mohammad Sami, Rumman Raees(high)/W Maqsood
Fakhar Zaman, S Akhtar, Mohammad Hafeez, AB de Villiers, Brendan Taylor, C Brathwaite, Haris Sohail/Hassan Khan, Hardus Viljoen, Yasir Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Rahat Ali/Haris Rauf/Hassan Khan
FUNTUSH SAFE XI
FUNTUSH RISKY XI