Karachi Kings. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Match Details:

The 6th match of the Pakistan Super League 2020 will be played between Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators at the National Stadium in Karachi.

The match starts at 2:00 PM local time (9:00 AM GMT) (2:30 PM IST). This match will be live on DSport in India.

Preview:

Karachi Kings looks pretty balanced that has a perfect mix up of experienced and young players. They registered an amazing win in their opening game against Peshawar Zalmi, who were the runners’ up of the previous season. In batting, they have Babar Azam, Sharjeel Khan, Cameron Delport, who can dismantle any lethal bowling lineup on the back of their serious hitting.

Meanwhile, the fast bowling attack is equipped with experienced Mohammad Amir and Chris Jordan with Imad Wasim, the skipper of Karachi Kings leading the spin department.

Quetta Gladiators got off to a great start in their quest to defend the PSL title. Their side is packed with T20I specialists batsmen like Shane Watson, Jason Roy and Ahmed Shehzad, who can win the games single-handedly on their day.

Moreover, Jason Roy, the right-handed opener from England is already in red hot form, who has scored three amazing fifties in last 5 T20Is. On the other hand, they have Mohammad Hasnain, who grabbed a four-wicket haul in the curtain-raiser for his side. Ben Cutting, the dashing all-rounder from Australia complemented him well from the other end as he took a three-fer for his side.


Weather Condition/Report:

The weather forecast says that there is no chance of rain on the match day. The Sun is expected to play a hide and seek due to cloudy conditions with the wind blowing at a rate of 9 to 18 km/hr. Also, the temperature will hover between 18 and 32 Degree Celcius throughout the day according to Accuweather.

Pitch Condition/Report:

The track at National Stadium has hosted a total of two games till the filing of this report. In all the two games, the side batting first has managed to go past 160 runs. Moreover, the chasing sides have ended up going past 170 runs that make it a perfectly favourable for the batsmen. There is no doubt over the fact that the bowlers will have to work a bit hard to get wickets. And, they will have to pay heavily for committing a small error in their bowling length.

Average first innings score: 185 (T20 games played at this venue in PSL 2020)

Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 1

Injury and Availability:

There is still no update on Alex Hales absence from the opening game. He might or might not play in the clash against Quetta Gladiators.

There is no information on when Naseem Shah will mark his comeback from rehabilitation for Quetta Gladiators.


Probable Playing XIs:

Karachi Kings:

Babar Azam, Sharjeel Khan, Cameron Delport/Alex Hales, Imad Wasim (C), Chadwick Walton, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Umaid Asif, Chris Jordan, Mohammad Amir, Arshad Iqbal,

Bench – Aamer Yamin, Usama Mir, Zahid Mahmood, Mithcell McClenaghan, Umer Khan, Ali Khan, Cameron Delport/Alex Hales

Quetta Gladiators:

Shane Watson, Jason Roy, Ahmed Shehzad, Sarfaraz Ahmed (C & WK), Azam Khan, Ahsan Ali, Ben Cutting /Tymal Mills, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Hasnain, Sohail Khan, Fawad Ahmed

Bench – Ben Cutting /Tymal Mills, Abdul Nasir, Anwar Ali, Keemo Paul, Aatish Ali, Zahid Mehmood, Naseem Shah, Khurram Manzoor


Top Picks:

Babar Azam played a captain’s knock of 78 runs off 56 balls in the curtain-raiser. He showed a glimpse of his influential form. He cannot be ignored in any fantasy team. Imad Wasim should also be picked in the all-rounders’ category as he mustered 50 runs in the opening game.

Moreover, he can take some important wickets with the ball for his team. Jason Roy and Shane Watson are the other important player to watch out in the clash between Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain –Shane Watson, Imad Wasim, Azam Khan

Vice-Captain – Jason Roy, Babar Azam, Chadwick Walton


Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Chadwick Walton, Azam Khan

BattersBabar Azam (C), Shane Watson, Jason Roy (VC), Ahmed Shehzad

All-Rounders – Ben Cutting, Mohammad Nawaz

Bowlers – Chris Jordan, Mohammad Amir, Umaid Asif

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Azam Khan

Batters –Iftikhar Ahmed, Sharjeel Khan, Shane Watson (C), Jason Roy

All-Rounders – Ben Cutting, Imad Wasim (VC), Cameron Delport

Bowlers – Chris Jordan, Mohammad Amir, Fawad Ahmed

Expert Advice:

It is expected to be a high scoring game as far as the batting line up of both the sides is concerned. So, the users should try and pick hitting batsmen instead of run a ballplayer.

User Tips: The user can go with the combination of two wicketkeepers, four batsmen, two all-rounders and three bowlers.

Probable Winners:

Quetta Gladiators are expected to win the match.

*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.