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Islamabad United vs Karachi Kings, Pakistan Super League (PSL), Today Match Prediction 23 Feb 2019

Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah, UAE

147/3 in 16.1


143/6 in 20.0


Toss Winner - Islamabad United won the toss and chose to bowl first

Islamabad United beat Karachi Kings by 7 wickets

Karachi Kings will win the Match

  • Karachi Kings has won one match and lost two matches in their three matches played so far.
  • Islamabad United won last game againts PZ by 12 runs with empressive bowling performance.
  • Karachi Kings lead 3-2 in their last five encounters but Islamabad United defeated Karachi Kings in the last year`s eliminator to end their campaign. 

Our prediction is Karachi Kings will win the Match!

Tournament: Pakistan Super League (PSL) | Format: Twenty20 | Venue: Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah, UAE | Toss: WIN the toss, BOWL First

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With the tournament in starting stage, all teams are looking to find their best combination and playing XI. Karachi Kings had an excellent start to tournament but failed to win their next two matches.

They have a host of batting stars with Babar Azam, Liam Livingstone, Colin Ingram and Ravi Bopara. But none of top order batsmen has made a substansial score except Livingstone and Babar Azam in the first match. Skipper Imad Wasim and all-rounder Sikander Raza take up spin bowling duties and play in the lower middle order to make quick runs towards the end of the innings. Mohammed Amir is their bowling mainstay and he is supported by Usman Shinwari and Sohail Khan.

Islamabad United is also struggling with their form after losing two matches in a row, but they got back on track against Peshawar last match.

Their top order batting has been their main worry with batsmen failing to score runs consistently. Luke Ronchi has scored a fifty and some 20s but not a big score yet. Ian bell has been roped in to support the likes of Cameron Delport, Shadab Khan and Hussain TAlat in the batting order. Asif Ali and Faheem Ashraf have being playing some good knocks towards the end of the innings. Their bowlers have failed to stop the opposition chase in two matches but they were left with scores in the range of 130-150 runs only. Never the less it is the bowlers that brought Islamabad the win in their last game against Peshawar yesterday. Faheem Ashraf and Samit Patel has been economical butyet to take wickets regularly. Skipper Mohammaed Sami is struggling to find rhythm in his bowling. 

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Key Players:

Cameron Delport – Delport is an experienced T20 campaigner playing across different T20 leagues. He is an aggressive middle order batsmen and handy medium pacer who can bowl some quite over’s in the middle. 

Samit Patel – Samit Patel has given runs around just 6 RPO but he needs to take more wickets to stop the opposition`s momentum in the batting. 

Stats from the tournament:

Luke Ronchi – 99 runs at strike rate 150 (HS – 51, 50s-1)

Shadab Khan – 4 wickets at an economy of 7.48 RPO (BB –2/20) 

Islamabad United Predicted Playing XI:

Luke Ronchi, Shaibzada Farhan, Cameron Delport, Hussain Talat, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Ian Bell, Mohammad Sami (Capt), Mohammed Musa.

Islamabad United Actual Playing XI:

Luke Ronchi, Muhammad Musa, Sahibzada Farhan, Hussain Talat, Wayne Parnell, Rumman Raees, Cameron Delport, Asif Ali, SR Patel, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan

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Key Players:

Babar Azam – The No.1 T20I batsmen will look to make a mark in PSL and he scored a brilliant 77 stitching a 157 run partnership with Livingstone first match.  

Mohammed Amir – Amir has re-invented himself this league and has been the pick of the bowlers with excellent economy and wickets at regular intervals. 

Stats from the tournament:

Liam Livingstone – 93 runs at strike rate 176 (HS – 83, 50s-1)

Mohammed Amir –  6 wickets at an economy of 5.6 RPO (BB – 4/25) 

Karachi Kings Predicted Playing XI:

Babar Azam, Liam Livingstone, Colin Ingram, Ben Dunk, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Sohail Khan, Sikandar Raza, Imad Wasim (capt), Mohammad Amir, Umer Khan, Usman Shinwari

Karachi Kings Actual Playing XI:

Usman Khan, Colin Munro, Babar Azam, SI Wasim, Mohammad Amir, A Zia, Liam Livingstone, Aamer Yamin, Umer Khan, Colin Ingram, Ben Dunk

Weather Conditions

Chasing has been new mantra in the shortest format with no scores being safe nowadays. The pitch remains the same for both the innings negating the batting first advantage.  

Toss: WIN the toss, BOWL First

Chasing has been new mantra in the shortest format with no scores being safe nowadays. The pitch remains the same for both the innings negating the batting first advantage.

Karachi Kings have more experienced and star players with good team combination. This gives them an advantage over the Islamabad United and we expect them to be winners in this contest. 

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Author: Dhinesh Kumar