More than 200 runs have been scored by the team batting first in two out of the last three games. Also, the team defending a score has emerged victorious in the last three matches at Lahore.
Rashid Khan is expected to miss the remainder of the tournament due to national duty.
Probable XI for Lahore: Fakhar Zaman, Abdullah Shafique, Kamran Ghulam, Mohammad Hafeez, Harry Brook, Philip Salt (wk), David Wiese, Shaheen Afridi (c), Samit Patel, Zaman Khan, Haris Rauf
Shadab Khan didn’t feature in the last game due to injury. If passed fit, he becomes a vital pick in fantasy leagues.
Probable XI for Islamabad: Mubasir Khan, Asif Ali (c), Shadab Khan/ Danish Aziz, Liam Dawson, Azam Khan (wk), Faheem Ashraf, Waqas Maqsood, Zahir Khan, Muhammad Musa, Marchant de Lange, Zeeshan Zameer/Hasan Ali
We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
Waqas Maqsood has already picked up 11 wickets in five games. Incidentally, his best figures 4 for 35 came against Lahore. Moreover, Maqsood has been amongst the wickets in every game this season.
Fakhar Zaman is the leading run-scorer (476) with three fifties and one hundred. His only single-digit score came in the last game against Karachi.
With 17 wickets in seven games, Shadab Khan is leading the wickets column. He also smashed 52 and bagged four wickets against Lahore.
Shaheen Afridi’s ability to strike with the new ball and at the death makes him a valuable pick for fantasy players. He is the leading wicket-taker (12) for Lahore.
After going wicketless in his last six outings, Faheem Ashraf finally proved his worth with figures of 3 for 33 in the last match. With the bat, he has the highest score of 55.
Although Islamabad lost a close battle, Azam Khan stole the show by smashing 85 off 45 balls, which included 7 sixes.
Despite Lahore’s defeat in the last match, Zaman Khan’s spell of 4 for 16 in wiping off the Karachi tail was impressive. He also gave bonus fantasy points for bowling a maiden over.
Experienced Mohammad Hafeez has not been at his best this season. However, he has regularly chipped in with 20s and 30s to boost his team’s score.
Lahore and Islamabad are coming into this match after suffering a loss in their previous encounters. That said, both teams can still qualify for the playoffs. Earlier in the tournament, Lahore beat Islamabad.
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