The stage is all set for the launch of the potentially tantalizing season of PSL 2019. The opening battle is to be fought between the two-time champions; Islamabad United and the lowest ranked team of the PSL history; Lahore Qalandars.
Both the teams will appear in the new season with fresh captains: Muhammad Sami has taken the command of the team after Misbah-ul-Haq was bid farewell from the side while Professor, Muhhmad Hafeez will captain the Qalandars.
It will be interesting to see how Sami set the sails because it was Captain Cool, Misbah who took his team to the winning stand twice. Qalandars, on the other hand, would seriously want to dismantle the banner of poor performers in the PSL. Despite having top names in every season, they somehow manage to crumble every time.
Lahore Qalandars v Islamabad United Live Streaming
Today, the match between Lahore Qalandars and Islamabad United is going to kick-off just after the opening ceremony of the PSL 2019. Both teams have faced each other 6 times before today with Islamabad United appearing victorious for 4 times with a winning percentage of 67%.
They would like to enhance this percentage even more by beating Qalandars today while Lahoris would seriously want a winning start to their fourth PSL journey, not only to buck themselves up but to provide same cheerfulness to their fans who have been saddened quite often.
Match will be available live on PTV Sports, Geo Super, and Ten Sports in Pakistan. Indians and Bangla fans can watch Lahore vs Islamabad encounter on DSports and GTV. Residents of UK, Australia, USA, and South Africa can watch their superstars live in action on Prime UK, Fox Sports, Willow TV, and Super Sports respectively.
Moreover, Islamabad United vs Lahore Qalandars match will also be available online through many live streaming websites. Cricketgateway.ae, cricketgateway.pk will provide PSL Live Streaming to the people of UAE and Pakistan, whereas, cricketgateway.com will offer psl live coverage to the rest of the World.
This time, too, the side is embellished with true class. Mr. 360, AB DE Villiers is the newest addition to the side and as we all know, he can change the course of any game at any time with his merciless hitting and sublime timing. His recent form in the Bangladesh Premier League suggests he is ever-flourishing despite his retirement from the international arena. The expected playing XI for Qalandars is outstanding, as always. The ruthless pair of Fakhar Zaman and Anton Devcich will open for the innings with the Professor, AB De Villiers and Haris Sohail constituting the middle order. The star of the ICC T20 WorldCup 2016, Carlos Brathwaite and Corey Anderson will appear as the pinch hitters. Both of them are equipped with enough power to smash every bowler especially when there is pace on the ball. The bowling department is fancy as well with the sensation; Shaheen Afridi and the accurate Rahat Ali. Afridi’s calmness and presence of mind in the tough tour of South Africa depict his talent with the ball. Yasir Shah is there with his spinning abilities to stabilize the bowling even more.
Islamabad United, though denied of excessive ‘away’ players, is enriched with great local talent. 8 players of the team have played for Pakistan’s International side in the last two years. Luke Ronchi will open the innings with Shabzada Farhan. Ronchi thrashed the opposing bowlers brutally in the last season. The recent inclusions in the team are English batsman, Ian Bell, and Pacer from South Africa, Wayne Parnell, Ian Bell who is a master class against spin and have helped England win countless matches in his time and South African. The firepower of Asif Ali with the stabilizing effect provided by Hussain Talat and Delport in the middle overs might see Islamabad achieve challenging totals. The strength lies in the bowling for the United’s team. They have showcased this in the previous editions as well. The captain will be the spearhead for the fast bowling with Faheem Ashraf and Rumman Raees who have had impressive international exposure. The spinning options include the exciting Shadab Khan and Samit Patel of England.
AB De Villiers is the name on everyone’s tongues but same was the case with Brendon in the previous seasons. Let’s see if the South African gives Lahoris a chance to celebrate because there is absolutely no question about his talent and execution. Shaheen Afridi holds the record for one of the best bowling figures in PSL’s history with 5/4 against Multan Sultans in 2018. He is one bowler who can provide his team with early breakthroughs. Muhammad Hafeez, after his return, has consumed the role of a match finisher for Pakistan and is hoped to do it for Lahore Qalandars as well. Islamabad, on the other side, will be relying on Ronchi as he was the top scorer of the 2018 edition with the best strike rate as well. Faheem Ashraf, as the top wicket-taker of the previous season, will have to prove his worth once more.