After a gap of eight months, the playoffs for the 2020 Pakistan Super League (PSL) is set to get underway. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic around the world, the tournament had to be postponed for an indefinite period of time.
On Saturday, November 14, Multan Sultans and the Karachi Kings will be locking horns at the National Stadium in Karachi. The Sultans were table toppers with an nrr of +1.031. They also got the better of the Kings when they won by a mammoth margin of 52 runs. However, facing in the playoffs could be a different ballgame altogether.
In their two practice matches, the Sultans defeated the Lahore Qalandars and Peshawar Zalmi. The Kings, on the other, won five out of their 10 league matches. Though they were a tad inconsistent, Imad Wasim and Co made the second round.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch in Karachi was a competitive one during the league stage of the 2020 PSL. Run-making wasn’t a difficult task by any stretch of the imagination. However, the bowlers also have had their say. It’s also pertinent to note that the chasing teams get a fair bit of advantage on the deck. The playing conditions will be warm with the temperature around 31 degrees Celsius.
Playing Combinations for MUL vs KAR
Adam Lyth, Shan Masood (C), Rilee Rossouw, Zeeshan Ashraf (WK), Ravi Bopara, Khushdil Shah, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Ilyas/Usman Qadir, Imran Tahir, Mohammad Irfan.
Bench: Ali Shafiq, Bilawal Bhatti, Joe Denly, Brendan Taylor, Mohammad Ilyas/Usman Qadir, Junaid Khan, Rohail Nazir.
Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Alex Hales, Cameron Delport, Chadwick Walton (WK), Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim (C), Wayne Parnell, Mohammad Amir, Umer Khan, Umaid Asif.
Bench: Amir Yamin, Awais Zia, Mohammad Rizwan, Sherfane Rutherford, Umer Khan, Usama Mir and Waqas Maqsood.
Probable Top Performers for MUL vs KAR
Rilee Rossouw– Multan Sultans
Rilee Rossouw has been a T20 veteran, having scored nearly 5,000 runs in the format with two tons and 27 half-centuries. The Qualifier will also be his 200th game in the shorter format.
In PSL 2020, the left-hander has 189 runs at an average and strike-rate of 154.91. He also notched an unbeaten century against Quetta Gladiators in Multan and would be hoping to replicate something similar.
Babar Azam– Karachi Kings
Babar Azam has been in stupendous form after showing his class in the ODI and T20I series against Zimbabwe. Moreover, scoring 51, 82, 125 and 77* in his last four innings, the 26-year-old is brimming with confidence.
In PSL 2020, he has weaved magic as well. Batting at the top of the order, the Lahore-born has 345 runs with three fifties at an average and strike-rate of 49.28 and 123.65 respectively.
MUL vs KAR Head to Head
Played- 6 |MUL won- 1 | KAR won- 3 | N/R- 2
Average first innings score: 159 (8 matches in PSL 2020)
Record of chasing teams: Won- 6 | Lost- 2
Match timings – 03:00 PM local time, 03:30 PM IST
TV – DSport
Live Streaming – Sports Tiger