Man of the Match: Liam Livingstone
Karachi Kings to win
Our Prediction is Karachi Kings to win!
Karachi Kings and Multan Sultans are ready to clash in the 2nd match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Dubai on Friday. Imad Wasim and co. will be keen to get off to a decent start in this year’s competition. The franchise will be hoping that they can produce consistency needed to clinch their maiden crown this year.
On the other hand, Multan Sultans will be looking to put in a good show with the bat and ball. Skipper Shoaib Malik will be determined that Sultans can turn things around in this year’s tournament. Last year, franchise started off well but lost the momentum in the later stages of the competition to finish fifth in the league table.
In the previous meeting between the two sides last season, Kings came out on top against Sultans in Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Kings have suffered from inconsistency in the previous three editions of Pakistan Super League. Captain Imad Wasim will be hoping that side can maintain consistency to go the distance in this year’s tournament.
New Zealand opener Colin Munro might miss the initial games of the competition due to his international duties. The franchise has certainly brought in players like Liam Livingstone, Sikandar Raza and Ben Dunk to strengthen the overall squad. Livingstone had a good season with the bat in the Vitality T20 Blast played this year. He certainly can a player who can make an impact with the bat for Kings.
In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Babar Azam, Colin Ingram and Ravi Bopara to do the bulk of scoring. Certainly all eyes will be on Babar Azam, who has been in splendid form for Pakistan across all three formats. He was the leading run-scorer for Kings last season with 402 runs in 12 matches with five half-centuries to his name.
Former South African batsman Colin Ingram is also in good form after scoring over 300 runs in the ongoing Big Bash League. Kings will be hoping that Ingram can continue his rich vein of form with the bat in this year’s competition.
Mohammad Rizwan will be designated wicket-keeper for the side for this opening game. He has done well for his domestic side in the T20 format. Australia’s Ben Dunk is another option in terms of wicket-keeping for the side.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Mohammad Amir, Usman Khan Shinwari and Sohail Khan to deliver the goods with the ball. Usama Mir has done well for the side with his spin variations.
Colin Ingram, Babar Azam, Ravi Bopara, Liam Livingstone, Mohammad Rizwan, Imad Wasim (c), Sohail Khan, Usama Mir, Aamer Yamin, Usman Khan Shinwari, Mohammad Amir.
Babar Azam, Usman Khan, Mohammad Amir, SI Wasim, Mohammad Rizwan, Sikandar Raza, RS Bopara, Colin Ingram, Liam Livingstone, Sohail Khan, Umer Khan
The franchise has made notable acquisitions for the coming season. Shoaib Malik will be hoping that his side can get off to decent start in this year’s competition. Sultans failed to make it the playoffs in the previous edition of the competition. The side seemed to have covered all the basis in terms of squad selection.
Sultans have made last-minute replacements for players like Steven Smith, Joe Denly and Nicholas Pooran, who will not play in this year’s competition. Johnson Charles, James Vince and Andre Russell are the notable inclusions for the coming season.
In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Shoaib Malik, James Vince and Shan Masood to do the bulk of the scoring. Opener Shan Masood played exceedingly well for Pakistan on their tour to South Africa. Left-hander has made significant improvements to his game and will be looking to make impression this season.
The likes of Andre Russell, Shahid Afridi and Dan Christian will provide value with the bat and ball. Shahid Afridi and Dan Christian have been competitive cricket since last few months.
In the bowling department, the pace trio of Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Abbas and Junaid Khan will be looking to make early inroads with the new-ball. Leg-spinner Irfan Khan is a promising player who has done well at the domestic level. Hammad Azam and Chris Green are the other bowling options for the side included in the squad.
Johnson Charles, Shan Masood, Laurie Evans, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik (c), Andre Russell, Daniel Christian, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Abbas, Irfan Khan.
Shan Masood, Christopher Green, Mohammad Ilyas, Hammad Azam, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Tom Moores, SMSK Afridi, Andre Russell, Laurie Evans, Shoaib Malik
The wicket prepared for the game will provide a good contest with bat and ball. The surface will provide assistance to the spinners. The weather forecast for the game on Friday is partly cloudy.
The initial set of the games of the fourth edition of PSL will be played at this venue. Last season, Karachi Kings beat Multan Sultans in a game played in Dubai.
The side that wins the toss would be keen to have a bowl first and make use of overcast conditions
Karachi Kings will be favorites to win this game against Multan Sultans. They certainly have a lot of world-class players in the batting department that can take the game away from the opposition in a matter of few overs. Multan Sultans will need to pick the right playing XI in order to compete against Kings in this game.
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