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Karachi Kings vs Lahore Qalandars, Pakistan Super League (PSL), Today Match Prediction 28 Feb 2019

Dubai International Cricket Stadium

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Toss Winner - Karachi Kings won the toss and chose to bowl first

Karachi Kings beat Lahore Qalandars by 5 wickets

Both Teams look to move closer to qualification!

  • Lahore Qalandars are in fourth position with 3 wins in 6 matches and they have negative NRR which might haunt them later stages in the tournament (6 points).
  • Karachi Kings are currently placed last position in the points table with 2 wins out of 6 matches (4 points).
  • Lahore Qalandars beat Karachi Kings by 22 runs last time they met this season.

Our Prediction is Lahore Qalandars to win!

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

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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.

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Key Players:

  • Colin Munro – Colin Munro came to PSL with lot of reputation and he is yet to perform well and score runs. He must score quickly before he gets dropped from the team.     
  • Imad Wasim – Imad Wasim was taken for runs last match after his good showing in almost all the other matches so far. He will look to redeem himself by bowling well this match

Stats from League:

  • Babar Azam – 201 runs at strike rate 119 (HS – 77, 50s-2)
  • Mohammed Amir – 8 wickets at an economy of 7.2 RPO (BB – 4/25)

Karachi Kings Predicted Playing XI:

Babar Azam, Liam Livingstone, Colin Munro, Ben Dunk (Wk), Iftikar Ahmed, Aamer Yamin, Colin Ingram, Imad Wasim (Capt), Mohammad Amir, Umer Khan, Sohail Khan

Karachi Kings Actual Playing XI:

Colin Munro, Mohammad Amir, SI Wasim, Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam, Colin Ingram, Liam Livingstone, Aaron Summers, Aamer Yamin, Iftikhar Ahmed, Umer Khan

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Key Players:

  • AB de Villiers – AB has scores of 52*, 47* and 45* in the last three matches played and we can sense a AB special big knock nearing in. Look out for his audacious shots all-round the park.   
  • Sandeep Lamichhane – Lamichchane`s career best figures of 4-0-10-4 helped them to bundle out Quetta Gladiators to a paltry score of 106 runs last match. 

Stats from League:

  • AB de Villiers – 185 runs at strike rate 135 (HS – 52*, 50s-1)
  • Haris Rauf – 10 wickets at an economy of 7 RPO (BB – 4/23) 

Lahore Qalandars Predicted Playing XI:

Fakhar Zaman (Capt), AB de Villiers, Corey Anderson, Guahar Ali, Sohail Khan, Sandeep Lamichhane, Shaheen Afridi, Yasir Shah, David Wiese, Rahat Ali, Haris Rauf

Lahore Qalandars Actual Playing XI:

Yasir Shah, Aizaz Cheema, Sohail Akhtar, Sandeep Lamichhane, F Zaman, Gauhar Ali, Haris Sohail, AB de Villiers, D Wiese, Haris Rauf, Corey Anderson

Weather Conditions

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.

Toss: WIN the toss, BOWL First

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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Author: Dhinesh Kumar