The standard of cricket in the Pakistan Super League 2022 season has been exceptional so far. Most of the games have been close with world-class bowling and some much-improved power-hitting on display as well. Two teams that have led the way in providing this quality, Islamabad United and Lahore Qalandars, are going to be playing against each other in this next PSL 2022 match.
The cricket betting sites are picking Islamabad United as the slight favorites but there is not much difference in the odds available on the two teams.
Match prediction and cricket betting tips for Islamabad United vs Lahore Qalandars PSL 2022. The match is going to be played at the National Stadium, Karachi on the 5th of February 2022.
ISLAMABAD UNITED VS LAHORE QALANDARS TEAM PREVIEWS
Islamabad United crushed Quetta Gladiators in the previous match and now has two wins out of the three matches that they have okayed in PSL 2022. Their only loss was to the Multan Sultans but even in that match, we saw just how dangerous Islamabad’s batting can be.
Stirling, Hales, and Munro form the top-3. All of them have been given the license to attack with freedom and they end up smashing a lot of sixes. From a betting point of view, we would not like to guess which one of the many batsmen is going to end up being the best performer on the day but we can bet on the team hitting more sixes than its opponent.
Look for the Most Sixes betting market and take a punt on Islamabad United. Azam Khan, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, and Shadab Khan are all capable of scoring freely and add a lot of depth to the batting lineup.
The bowling attack for Islamabad United is also very well-balanced. Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan, Waqas Maqsood, and Mohammad Wasim Jr. form the core of the attack with a number of all-rounders also available if needed.
The Lahore Qalandars are going in this match with a lot of momentum behind their backs. An unbelievably strong bowling lineup is now being supplemented by a strong batting lineup as well. Of course, the Qalandars have been lucky that Faheem Ashraf has been scoring runs for them consistently in every single match so far.
If he gets out cheaply, as is bound to happen one time or the other, the Lahore Qalandars could struggle. Abdullah Shafique, Kamran Ghulam, Mohammad Hafeez, and David Wiese are good but they are nowhere near as strong as Islamabad United in this regard.
The real threat from the Lahore Qalandars comes through its bowling lineup. Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, and Rashid Khan could all fit in the top-5 T20 bowlers in the world. To have them available in your bowling lineup is just staggering.
It really does not matter who the other bowlers are to round out the lineup!
ISLAMABAD UNITED VS LAHORE QALANDARS MATCH DETAILS:
Match: Islamabad United vs Lahore Qalandars, Match 12, Pakistan Super League 2022
Date and Time: February 5th 2022, Saturday, 03:00 PM IST
Venue: National Stadium, Karachi
ISLAMABAD UNITED VS LAHORE QALANDARS PITCH REPORT
The pitch at the National Stadium is a belter of a track. The batters enjoy batting on this surface as the ball comes nicely onto the bat. The bowlers have to be on their toes while bowling on this surface. We have seen high-scoring games at this venue and expect another one on Saturday.
ISLAMABAD UNITED VS LAHORE QALANDARS WEATHER FORECAST
Clear skies will greet the two sides on Saturday. The temperature in Karachi is expected to hover between 17 and 26 degrees Celsius.
ISLAMABAD UNITED VS LAHORE QALANDARS PROBABLE XIS
Fifties from Paul Stirling (58), Colin Munro (72*) and Azam Khan (65) helped them post 229 on the board. Shadab Khan was the star with the ball in their last match.
There were good contributions from the batters in their last game, with Fakhar Zaman top-scoring with 66. Zaman Khan picked up three wickets and Shaheen Afridi and David Wiese chipped in with two each as they restricted Zalmi to 170.
ISLAMABAD UNITED VS LAHORE QALANDARS HEAD-TO-HEAD
Matches-12, Islamabad United-8, Lahore Qalandars-3, N/R-1
PROBABLE TOP PERFORMERS
PROBABLE BEST BATTER OF THE MATCH: FAKHAR ZAMAN
Fakhar Zaman finally seems to have rediscovered his lost mojo on the 22 yards and has been scoring consistently in the last couple of games. The dynamic Pakistani opener is currently the second-highest scorer in PSL 2022 having amassed 182 runs from two matches averaging 91 including a century against the 2020 winners Karachi Kings. The Lahore Qalandars would be expecting the 2017 Champions Trophy winner to fire on all cylinders against Islamabad United on Saturday.
PROBABLE BEST BOWLER OF THE MATCH: SHADAB KHAN
Skipper Shadab Khan has been phenomenal with the ball for Islamabad United apart from leading them from the front. The leggie has so far picked up six wickets from three games averaging 14.16 including a fifer against the Quetta Gladiators. The United would hope that the bowling all-rounder once again finds a way to contain the Lahore batters and leave them bamboozled with his leg-spin as they look to prolong their stay at the second position in the PSL 2022 points table.
ISLAMABAD UNITED VS LAHORE QALANDARS MATCH PREDICTION
Both sides are coming off a win in their previous games and have looked good so far in the competition. It will thus be a fascinating contest when they meet on Saturday.
Lahore Qalandars have a good balance to their side and are expected to come out on top on Saturday.
PREDICTION: LAHORE QALANDARS TO WIN THIS ENCOUNTER.