Our Prediction is Lahore Qalandars to win!
The last encounter between these teams were marred by off-field controversies with Lahore team management lodging a complaint against Karachi Kings president and team members. We can expect sparks to fly in this high voltage contest. Lahore Qalandars are in a song after their big win against table toppers Quetta Gladiators last match. Their batting is led by protea superstar AB de Villiers who has been good nick and scoring consistently in all the matches. They had destructive batting line up with the presence of Fakhar Zaman, Corey Anderson and Haris Sohail. The Pakistani Haris Rauf is the pace spearhead and he is ably supported by Shaheen Afridi and David Wiese. They have spin bowling stalwarts Yasir Shah and Sandeep Lamichhame in their team. They have one of the best spin bowling duo in this season`s PSL tournament.
Karachi Kings are having a bad tournament so far and have lost more matches than they have won. Every loss from here on will push their team out of the qualification for playoffs. Babar Azam and Liam Livingstone are the lone performers with the bat at the top scoring fifties in last match against Islamabad United. Colin Ingram has scored a match winning 127* against Quetta Gladiators and no other score to show in rest of the matches. Mohammed Amir is their best bowler this season who has taken wickets consistently with the ball. Skipper Imad Wasim and Umer Khan are bowling economically in the middle overs to control the run rate but are not amongst the wickets column.
Stats from League:
Babar Azam, Liam Livingstone, Colin Munro, Ben Dunk (Wk), Iftikar Ahmed, Aamer Yamin, Colin Ingram, Imad Wasim (Capt), Mohammad Amir, Umer Khan, Sohail Khan
Colin Munro, Mohammad Amir, SI Wasim, Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam, Colin Ingram, Liam Livingstone, Aaron Summers, Aamer Yamin, Iftikhar Ahmed, Umer Khan
Stats from League:
Fakhar Zaman (Capt), AB de Villiers, Corey Anderson, Guahar Ali, Sohail Khan, Sandeep Lamichhane, Shaheen Afridi, Yasir Shah, David Wiese, Rahat Ali, Haris Rauf
Yasir Shah, Aizaz Cheema, Sohail Akhtar, Sandeep Lamichhane, F Zaman, Gauhar Ali, Haris Sohail, AB de Villiers, D Wiese, Haris Rauf, Corey Anderson
Dubai ground is starting to grip and turn after a lot of matches are already played here. But it still has good bounce for the batsmen to play their shots. The average score here is 160 runs. Any score above 180 runs will be tough to chase.
Teams batting second has won 7 out of 9 matches played in Dubai this season. Teams are comfortable pacing their batting in a chase than setting a score for the opposition, so both captains will look to bat first.
Lahore Qalandars have good batting and bowling strength in their playing XI compared to the Karachi Kings. Lahore Qalandars are in good form and momentum so we expect them to continue their winning form this match too.
Lahore Qalandars to win this match!
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