The Pakistan Super League (PSL) is all set to witness a new winner. On Tuesday, November 17, Karachi Kings and the Lahore Qalandars would be locking horns at the National Stadium in Karachi to get their hands on the trophy.
Even as the Kings have made the made top four before, the Qalandars qualified for the playoffs after ending as the cellar dwellers ever since the first edition of the T20 tournament in 2016. In fact, in the Eliminator 1 and 2, they brushed off the Peshawar Zalmi and Multan Sultans with some jaw-dropping all-round show.
If the Qalandars turn over the Kings, it will be a comeback for the ages. The Kings, on the contrary, had a close shave against the Sultans in the Qualifier 1 after the game went into the Super Over. But Mohammad Amir and Sherfane Rutherford held their nerve to script glory.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch in Karachi has been an excellent one for batting. Bowling becomes even harder when the dew settles in during the second half of a game. Hence, fielding first should be the way forward for both the teams.
Another high-scoring match can be expected in the final. The temperature will be nice and cool with the numbers around the 24 degrees Celsius mark. The humidity will mostly in the high 40s.
Playing Combinations for KAR vs LAH
Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Alex Hales, Chadwick Walton (WK), Iftikhar Ahmed, Sherfane Rutherford, Imad Wasim (C), Wayne Parnell, Mohammad Amir, Umer Khan, Waqas Maqsood.
Bench: Amir Yamin, Awais Zia, Mohammad Rizwan, Cameron Delport, Umer Khan, Usama Mir and Umer Khan
Fakhar Zaman, Sohail Akhtar (C), Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Hafeez, Ben Dunk (wk), David Wiese, Samit Patel, Mohammad Faizan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Dilbar Hussain
Bench: Jaahid Ali, Seekkuge Prasanna, Raja Farzan, Salman Butt, Dane Vilas
Probable Top Performers for KAR vs LAH
Babar Azam– Karachi Kings
Irrespective of tournament or format he has played in recent times, Babar Azam has been unstoppable, to say the least. He is the leading run-scorer of the ongoing edition with 410 runs at an average of 51.25.
Even in the previous game against the Sultans, he came up with a handy 53-ball 65. His knock was laced with five fours and two sixes. The 26-year-old from Lahore will be looking for a match-winning knock.
Shaheen Shah Afridi– Lahore Qalandars
Shaheen Shah Afridi has arguably been the standout bowler in the ongoing edition of the PSL. The left-arm fast bowler has 17 wickets to show for his efforts. He was among the wickets in the playoffs and was a primary reason behind the Qalandars’ dominance thus far.
In the final, Lahore’s fate would depend a lot on how the young fast bowler bowls in the powerplay and in the death overs.
KAR vs LAH Head to Head
Played- 10 |KAR won- 6 | LAH won- 4 | N/R- 0
Average first innings score: 160 (11 matches in PSL 2020)
Record of chasing teams: Won- 8 | Lost- 3
Match timings – 03:00 PM local time, 03:30 PM IST
TV – DSport
Live Streaming – Sports Tiger