Man of the Match: Asif Ali
Can Karachi Kings continue their winning momentum?
Our prediction is Islamabad United will win this match!
Karachi Kings will be high on morale after defeating the top ranked Quetta Gladiators last match. They ended their three-match losing streak with that win. They chased down the huge total of 188 runs to win.
Colin Ingram was the MoM for his aggressive knock of undefeated 127 runs. He made short work of the chase with little support from other batsmen. They have an enviable opening pair of No.1 ranked Babar Azam and No.2 ranked Colin Munro in the ICC T20I rankings.
On the bowling front, Mohammed Amir is their lead pace bowler and has been in good form this season. He has well supported by Aamer Yamin and Umer Khan. Skipper Imad Wasim has been very economical with the ball and has been able to control the run flow in the middle overs.
Islamabad United had a crushing defeat at the hands of Multan Sultans last match after they were bundled out for a paltry score of 121 runs. Opener Luke Ronchi has been their best batsmen so far in the tournament scoring runs consistently at a healthy strike rate.
Hussain Talat, Asif Ali and Samit Patel have made some 20s and 30s but are yet to make a substantial score to boost the team`s total. Regular Skipper Mohammed Sami and Ian Bell picked up injuries and their availability to subject to the fitness capability. Faheem Ashraf, Teenager Mohammed Musa and Ruman Raees take over the pace bowling duties. Stand-in Skipper Shadab Khan and Samit Patel are excellent with the ball in middle overs restricting the run rate and pressurizing the batsmen.
Samit Patel – Samit Patel has become a very good utility player with his 20s and 30s and his ability to control the run rate in the middle overs with his spin bowling.
Faheem Ashraf – Faheem must take the responsibility as a lead bowler in the absence of Mohammed Sami. He should take wickets early in the innings to stop the opposition batsmen.
Stats from the tournament:
Luke Ronchi – 198 runs at strike rate 170 (HS – 67*, 50s-2)
Faheem Ashraf – 7 wickets at an economy of 6.5 RPO (BB –3/26)
Luke Ronchi, Cameron Delport, Sahibzada Farhan, Samit Patel, Hussain Talat, Wayne Parnell/Ian Bell, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan(Capt), Faheem Ashraf, Rumaan Raees/Mohammed Sami, Mohammed Musa.
Philip Salt, Luke Ronchi, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Shadab Khan, Cameron Delport, Rumman Raees, Muhammad Musa, SR Patel, Faheem Ashraf, Amad Butt
Colin Ingram – Ingram set the stage on fire last match with his 127* of 59 balls that included a dozen of boundaries and eight maximums.
Aamer Yamin – Aamer Yamin picked up wickets at regular intervals and had bowling figures of 3/37 in a high scoring match. His timely wickets reduced the opposition`s final score.
Stats from the tournament:
Colin Ingram – 170 runs at strike rate 179 (HS – 127*, 100s-1)
Mohammed Amir – 7 wickets at an economy of 7.5 RPO (BB – 4/25)
Babar Azam, Liam Livingstone, Colin Munro, Ben Dunk, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Aamer Yamin, Colin Ingram, Imad Wasim (Capt), Mohammad Amir, Umer Khan, Sohail Khan.
Babar Azam, Usman Khan, Colin Munro, Mohammad Amir, SI Wasim, Colin Ingram, Liam Livingstone, Aamer Yamin, Iftikhar Ahmed, Umer Khan, Ben Dunk
Dubai Ground is known to have some wear and tear after some 5-6 matches already played here. It is expected to help the slower bowlers more as the tournament progresses. The average score in Dubai Ground is around 160-180 runs and teams will look to set a target in the range of 180 runs.
Teams batting second has won 6 out of 8 matches played in Dubai this season. All the teams are comfortable chasing a score rather than setting one, so we expect the teams to bowl first in case of winning the toss.
Islamabad United have been playing well as a team and are well settled unit compared to Karachi Kings. Karachi Kings won their last match on the brilliance of Colin Ingram only and they have more issues to settle in the batting order.
Our prediction is Islamabad United will Win this Match!
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