The Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2019 started in a brilliant manner with a dazzling opening ceremony followed by an enthralling first clash between the reigning champions Islamabad United and Lahore Qalandars.
Islamabad United started the way a title defense campaign should kick off, downing the desperate-for-win Lahore Qalandars by 5 wickets in the final over of the chase.
|Date||Friday, February 15, 2019|
|Time||04:30 PM PST|
|Umpires||Ranmore Martinesz (SL), Michael Gough (ENG), Tariq Rasheed (PAK)|
|Match Referee||Mohammad Anees (PAK)|
|TV Umpire||Asif Yaqoob (PAK)|
The two teams came head to head twice in the PSL 2018 with Karachi Kings winning on one occasion while the first meeting did not produce a result.
Colin Munro, Babar Azam, Colin Ingram, Sikandar Raza, Ravi Bopara, Mohammad Rizwan, Imad Wasim, Ali Imran, Mohammad Amir, Usman Khan Shinwari, Usama Mir
Johnson Charles, Shan Masood, James Vince, Shoaib Malik, Lauri Evans, Shahid Afridi, Andre Russell, Nauman Ali, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Ilyas
Players to Lookout For
Babar Azam and Colin Munro at the top of the order can provide a solid foundation for the other batsmen to build on. It would be interesting to see how the emerging pick, Ali Imran if picked, goes about things.
Andre Russel is a star all-rounder who can change the outlook of the game in a couple of overs, no matter whether he has a ball in the hand or bat. To add icing to the cake, he can produce moments of brilliance in the field every now and then.
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