PSL 5: Match 23th: Things are getting interesting since the 2020 variant of this Pakistan Super League (PSL) nears the company’s end. Even though Multan Sultans are sitting pretty on the peak of the table with two points out of six matches, the race is on for another three places at the top.
Lahore Qalandars are now lying in the base of the table with four points out of six matches. But they have played a couple of games less compared to a couple of different groups and also have a chance of catching up. After dropping three matches on the trot, they have come back nicely and have experienced a few wins over the Quetta Gladiators at the previous three games. Hence, they’ll look to build on that momentum.
On the flip side, Karachi Kings are great in the past week or so. They’ve chased very nicely and have won their previous two matches pursuing 184 and 152. They had been in an excellent place against Multan Sultans since they had the table-toppers down in 102/6 from the 17th over until the rain came down and washed out the match. Hence they are in great shape and will fancy themselves to win this match and keep the momentum.
Pitch and Requirements
There was some twist and rebound evident in the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore from the previous game. But aside from the last match that turned out to be a shallow scoring one, the pitch at the Gaddafi Stadium was a great one to bat on. 165-170 is the level score, and teams batting second have experienced more success in this place.
Mohammad Hafeez and Ben Dunk have emerged since the best batsmen for its Lahore Qalandars. Hafeez has made 162 runs in a mean of 40.50 while Dunk has scored 151 runs in the way of 50.33. Additionally, the wicket-keeper batsman who’s batting at No. 4 includes a strike-rate of all 179.76. Fakhar Zaman has started regularly but has not managed to convert them into big scores.
Meanwhile, the Samit Patel has performed well with the bat, but he has had a more significant impact on the ball. He’s picked up seven wickets in an average of all 13.14. Shaheen Afridi continues to be outstanding with all the ball, and it has taken eight wickets in an average of 15.25.
Probable XI: Fakhar Zaman, Dilbar Hussain, Dane Vilas (wk), Ben Dunk, Sohail Akhtar (c), Mohammad Hafeez, David Wiese, Samit Patel, Shaheen Afridi, Salman Irshad, Raja Farzan
Babar Azam has headed the batting charge for its Karachi Kings. He’s the major run-getter for these, with scored 187 runs in a mean of 46.75. Alex Hales isn’t too far behind. He’s gathered 159 runs in the way of all 39.75 but has just one fifty to his title. The England top-order participant has not transformed his begins.
The senior bowlers Mohammad Amir and Chris Jordan, have taken more responsibility and therefore are on the peak of the wicket graphs for Karachi Kings. Amir has picked up eight wickets while Jordan has seven wickets to his name. Imad Wasim was excellent with both ball and bat.
Probable XI: Chris Jordan, Sharjeel Khan, Aamer Yamin, Babar Azam, Chadwick Walton (wk), Imad Wasim (c), Iftikhar Ahmed, Mitchell McClenaghan, Alex Hales, Umer Khan, Mohammad Amir
Babar Azam — Karachi Kings
Match Timings — 19:30 IST; 19:00 neighborhood; 14:00 GMT
The forecast is for Karachi Kings to win the game.
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