The opening night of the PSL will have the last season’s champions Islamabad locking horns with Lahore to concrete their hold in the league in Dubai. Islamabad is one of those teams who is jam-packed with some experienced players like Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf and Hussain Talat. Adding more strength in the team, their recent signings South African Cameron Delport and England’s Samit Patel have taken the game to a whole new level. After the retirement of Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammed Sami has taken the reign on his shoulders as a captain. Top to bottom Islamabad can be considered a winning machine.
Probable Line-ups: Luke Ronchi, Sahibzada Farhan, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Faheem Ashraf, Zafar Gohar, Waqas Maqsood, Rumman Raees, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Sami (C), Ian Bell, Philip Salt, Cameron Delport, Samit Patel, Muhammad Musa, Wayne Parnell, Zahir Khan, Amad Butt, Rizwan Hussain, Nasir Nawaz.
Although Lahore finished bottom, it seems like they are desperate to pull up a game that makes them equal competitors. Their recent signings include AB de Villiers who is all set to take charge of the progress of the team. With the likes of Shaheen Shah Afridi and Fakhar Zaman in the team, there are chances of Lahore to finally break the jynx and compete for the trophy.
Probable Line-ups: 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.
Lahore is desperate and charged and looks like we can expect a stern performance from them.