Chris Lynn and Mohammad Hafeez have been in good form for the Qalandars with the pair striking the ball cleanly. In fact, the reverse fixture saw the latter notch up a brilliant 98*, although it eventually went in vain.
Shadab Khan has morphed into perhaps Islamabad United's most vital cog, considering his all-round exploits. Thus, he would be wanting to continue in a similar vein and propel his side into the upper trenches of the table.
The last meeting between the two sides ended in a one-wicket victory for Islamabad United where they hunted down the Qalandars' score of 182 with a ball and a wicket to spare.
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Venue Details and Pitch Report
04 Mar, 07:30 PM IST
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
Shozab Raza, Asif Yaqoob
The pitch is usually good for batting and the last game at Gaddafi Stadium saw both sides breach the 180-run barrier, with Islamabad chasing down the Qalandars' score of 182. However, having said that, there is usually a hint of turn on offer, meaning that the spinners might also have a role to play.
Only a 20% chance of rain exists and fans should be in for a full 40-over contest come Wednesday.
The Lahore Qalandars have endured a wretched run in the tournament so far, having failed to win any of their three games. Having said that though, Islamabad United have also not covered themselves in any sort of glory and have notched up 5 points from their 6 fixtures. Thus, the game could have massive implications moving forward, especially as the league stage winds down. And, though it might seem that the match is a must-win encounter for the Qalandars, a victory seems equally important for Islamabad.