LQ vs IU, PSL 2021 – Match Preview
The second leg of the Pakistan Super League 2021 is set to kick-start on June 9 as Lahore Qalandars take on Islamabad United at Sheikh Zayed International Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The tournament was suspended after only 14 matches due to the COVID-19 pandemic in early March. With nearly 20 matches remaining in the sixth edition of PSL, all the matches will now be played in Abu Dhabi including the PSL final on June 24.
Islamabad United and Lahore Qalandars are sharing equal points as both teams have won three out of the four matches played so far in PSL 2021. With a positive net run rate, Islamabad is ranked third while Lahore is sitting comfortably at fourth position in the PSL points table.
Here's a detailed look at the LQ vs IU Dream11 Match Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, and Top Picks:
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What to Expect – Pitch Report & Weather Conditions?
Abu Dhabi's wicket normally produced a neutral track. Pitch assists both batters and bowlers as the average first inning score is nearly 160. It will be another high-scoring game at Abu Dhabi as the teams would like to bowl first and try to chase down the target.
Islamabad United won three matches while chasing in PSL 2021. They won their last game against Quetta Gladiators by six wickets before the suspension of the tournament. They would like to restart their campaign in the same form as another win will take them to the top of the points table. IU will miss the services of their key overseas player in Alex Hales while they welcome the arrival of Usman Khawaja ahead of the second PSL 2021 leg.
Lahore Qalandars has also each of their three matches while chasing. They won their last match against table-topper against Karachi Kings before the tournament was suspended mid-way. Qalandars will be eyeing to reach the top of the table with a win in today's PSL 2021 match vs Islamabad United. Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, and Shaheen Shah Afridi were in good form in the first leg of PSL 2021.
Probable Playing XI
Lahore Qalandars: Ben Dunk, Fakhar Zaman, Sohail Akhtar, Callum Ferguson, Tim David, Mohammad Hafeez, James Faulkner, Seekkuge Prasanna, Rashid Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf
Islamabad United: Rohail Nazir, Colin Munro, Usman Khawaja, Umar Amin, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Hasan Ali, Fawad Ahmed, Zafar Gohar
Top Fantasy Picks for LQ vs IU PSL 2021 Match
Mohammad Hafeez is very experienced and one of the best T20 players from Pakistan. He was in really good form in the first leg of PSL 2021 as the veteran batsman scored 181 runs in four matches at an average of 90.50 and strike rate of 175.72. Hafeez is good enough to bowl crucial overs with his spin bowling too. So, Hafeez becomes a crucial player in the Dream11 Team for LQ vs IU PSL game as he offers points both with bat and ball.
Shaheen Shah Afridi
Shaheen Afridi is currently one of the best white-ball bowlers in the world. The left-arm youngster has grown by leaps and bounds to represent Pakistan in all three formats. He was in good rhythm in the first leg of the tournament. He picked up nine wickets in the 4 matches with an average of 12.56 and an economy of 7 in the PSL 2021 so far. Afridi can pick wickets with the new and the old ball, Hence, becomes an important fantasy pick in today's LQ vs IU PSL match.
Colin Munro is a very attacking player in T20 cricket. He has been very impressive in the shortest format across the world. In the absence of Alex Hales, Colin Munro will look to grab this opportunity and would want to establish his place in the Islamabad United team.
Faheem Ashraf is an emerging T20 all-rounder from Pakistan. He has been in good form for the last two years in limited-overs cricket. Playing for IU, he picked four wickets in the PSL 2021. He is a really good finisher for Islamabad United and he will look to continue good form in the second leg as well.
Dream11 Team Prediction for LQ vs IU PSL 2021 Match
Best Fantasy Playing 11
Wicket-Keeper: Ben Dunk
Batsman: Colin Munro, Sohail Akhtar, Fakhar Zaman (C)
All-Rounders: Mohammad Hafeez (VC), Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan
Bowlers: Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Muhammad Wasim
Dream11 Match Prediction – Who will win the LQ vs IU PSL 2021 Match?
With a bunch of quality players, Lahore Qalandars look a stronger outfit than Islamabad United on paper. Qalandars have all bases covered and will start as favorites to win today's LQ vs IU PSL 2021 Match on June 9.