The 28th match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 between Karachi Kings and Islamabad United at the National Stadium in Karachi.
The match will start at 7:00 PM Local time (2:00 PM GMT) (7:30 PM IST). This match will be live on DSport in India.
Preview for Dream11 Fantasy
As the Pakistan Super League 2020 moves towards the business end, the war on the points table has just picked up. Karachi Kings would feel good though, knowing that they have still two matches left. This is a perfect opportunity for them to elevate from their second-place to the top. Islamabad United though don’t have a lot to think. They have to win this match and then wait for the rest of the results.
Under the leadership of Shadab Khan, who has rediscovered himself as an all-rounder, Islamabad has looked strong but only in parts. Them coming together and moving as a strong team, which was Islamabad’s game in the first few seasons, hasn’t really found a place this year. They would still depend on their batting to get to whatever place possible to at least have a chance for qualification.
Moving to the Karachi Kings led by Imad Wasim ticked all boxes in the previous match. Restricting Lahore to a small score and then clinching a 10-wicket win would have given them a lot of confidence going into the business end of the league.
The weather in Karachi, unlike other venues, has allowed the matches of the tournament to be conducted properly. As Kings and United meet again, the weather won’t be a problem. No rain is expected according to the AccuWeather. The temperatures could go down to 18 degrees during the evening.
Karachi Kings defeated the Lahore Qalandars in the last match played at this venue. The pitch in that match felt a little double-paced. In the first innings, ball held up into the surface but batting became exceedingly easy as the second innings. Maybe it was some good batting display from Babar Azam and Sharjeel Khan, but surely the authenticity of the Karachi wicket being batting-friendly is still intact.
Average 1st innings score- 165 (Last 5 completed matches in Karachi)
Record of the chasing teams– Won – 4; Lost – 1
Injury and Availability News
Alex Hales, who averages 60 for Karachi Kings this season has decided to leave the league and go back home due to the coronavirus threat. It has been also said that no English players will take any further part in this edition. Karachi Kings, thereby, might also lose the services of Chris Jordan.
Probable Playing XIs
Karachi Kings- Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Cameron Delport, Iftikhar Ahmed, Umaid Asif, Chadwick Walton (wk), Imad Wasim (C), Mitchell McClenaghan/Chris Jordan, Usama Mir, Arshad Iqbal, Mohammad Amir
Bench– Aamer Yamin, Umer Khan, Ali Khan, Mohammad Rizwan, Awais Zia
Islamabad United- Luke Ronchi (WK), Colin Munro, Shadab Khan (captain), Asif Ali, Colin Ingram, Rizwan Hussain, Amad Butt, Rumman Raees, Akif Javed, Dale Steyn, Muhammad Musa
Bench- Dawid Malan, Zafar Gohar, Hussain Talat, Philip Salt, Saif Badar, Faheem Ashraf, Ahmed Safi Abdullah
Babar Azam with an average of 59 has been going strong this season while Sharjeel Khan played a blinder in the previous match. Mohammad Amir has impressed with his tally of 10 wickets this season.
On the other hand, Shadab Khan hasn’t put a foot wrong in this season as a player and has played extremely well for his side. At the top, Islamabad has Ronchi and Munro, the two Kiwis have left a lasting impression. All the three players have scored 250 runs this season and put forward a strong for their selection in any fantasy team.
Captain and vice-captain Options
Captain Options– Luke Ronchi, Shadab Khan, Babar Azam
Vice-captain Options– Colin Munro, Mohammad Amir, Imad Wasim
Suggested Playing XI no.1 for Fantasy Cricket
Keeper– Luke Ronchi (C)
Batsman– Babar Azam (VC), Sharjeel Khan, Colin Munro, Colin Ingram
All-rounder– Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Imad Wasim
Bowlers– Mohammad Amir, Amad Butt, Umaid Asif
Suggested Playing XI no. 2 for Fantasy Cricket
Keeper- Luke Ronchi
Batsman – Asif Ali, Colin Munro (VC), Babar Azam
All-rounders– Shadab Khan (C), Imad Wasim, Cameron Delport
Bowlers– Amad Butt, Musa Khan, Mohammad Amir, Arshad Iqbal
Luke Ronchi, Colin Munro and Shadab Khan have been performing extremely well for Islamabad United and you need to have these three in your line-up. Babar Azam and Mohammad Amir are two players from Karachi who are worth putting your money on.
Keep an eye on the playing XIs of the teams as there will be a lot more changes after the overseas left midway through the season.
Karachi Kings are in superb form and the home advantage makes them a favourite to win this contest.