Our Prediction is Karachi Kings to win!
Hosts Karachi Kings will be looking to maintain their winning streak when they take Quetta Gladiators in the 29th game of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Karachi on Sunday.
Karachi Kings is coming into this game on the back of consecutive victories in the competition. The franchise will be keen to win this game and secure their place in the playoffs of the competition. Captain Imad Wasim will be hoping that side can produce their best game with the bat and ball.
On the other hand, Quetta Gladiators have secured their place in the playoffs of the competition. The side is currently lying at the top of the league table with 14 points in 9 matches. Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed might give opportunities to fringe players for this game.
The franchise will certainly aim for consistency with bat and ball in the remaining round-robin games of the competition. Kings have certainly raised their game in the last couple of matches.
In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Liam Livingstone, Babar Azam and Colin Ingram to do the bulk of the scoring. The focus will be on the opening pair of Liam Livingstone and Babar Azam to produce the goods for the team, as they’ve scored 280 and 224 runs respectively at averages of 40.00 and 28.00.
In their previous game, Liam Livingstone was star performer with the bat and scored 53 off 42 balls with the help of five fours and a six. The biggest disappointment has been the form of Colin Munro, who has only scored 33 runs in 5 matches at an average of 6.60.
Colin Ingram has also done a decent job for Kings so far this season and has scored 226 runs in 8 matches with one century to his name. Ingram played well in the previous game and scored 31 off 24 balls with the help of four boundaries.
In the bowling department, left-arm orthodox spinner Umer Khan has been leading wicket-taker for Kings so far this season. The 19-year old has certainly produced impressive in this year’s competition. The spinner did exceedingly well in the previous game and picked up three wickets to his name.
Left-arm pacer Usman Khan Shinwari was also standout performer with the ball in hand. He picked up four wickets and conceded just 15 runs from his four overs. Imad Wasim and Aamer Yamin also bowled well in the previous game.
Imad Wasim (c), Ifthikhar Ahmed, Liam Livingstone, Babar Azam, Colin Ingram, Colin Munro, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Aamir Yamin, Aaron Summers, Usman Khan Shinwari, Umer Khan.
The side will be looking to extend their lead at the top in the points table when they face Karachi on Sunday. Gladiators might give opportunities to their fringe players for this game. Gladiators became the first side to secure their place in the playoffs of the competition.
In the batting department, the side is relying on their in-form opener Shane Watson to do the bulk of the scoring. Watson is currently the leading run-scorer in this year’s competition with 332 runs in 9 matches with three half-centuries to his name. Quetta will be hoping that Watson can continue his rich vein of form in this game as well.
Ahmed Shehzad also found form in the previous game and scored 73 off 46 balls with the help of nine boundaries. He will be looking to do well in this game as well.
The middle order has done well for Gladiators as the likes of Rilee Rossouw and Umar Akmal have scored consistently so far in this year’s competition. The duo chipped in with crucial runs for Gladiators in the previous game played against Islamabad. Dwayne Bravo, Sarfaraz Ahmed and Sohail Tanvir can all score quick runs at the back end of the innings.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Sohail Tanvir, Fawad Ahmed and Mohammad Nawaz to deliver crucial breakthroughs with the ball. Dwayne Bravo and Mohammad Hasnain have done well in the last couple of games.
Sarfaraz Ahmed (c &wk), Rilee Rossouw/Dwayne Smith, Ahmed Shehzad, Shane Watson/Max Waller, Umar Akmal, Ahsan Ali/Azam Khan, Dwayne Bravo, Mohammad Nawaz, Sohail Tanvir, Fawad Ahmed, Mohammad Hasnain.
The pitch will be perfect for batting. There might some assistance in the initial stage of the game for quick bowlers. The weather conditions for the game are going to be dry and sunny.
National Cricket Stadium will also host last four round-robin games in this year’s competition. The playoffs and final will also be played in Karachi.
The side that wins the toss might bowl first and restrict the opposition to a modest score. It will certainly get easier to bat under lights.
Karachi Kings will be favorites to win this game as they playing in their own backyard. Quetta Gladiators will rest their key players for this game. Kings are certainly peaking at the right time in the competition and will be looking to maintain their intensity with bat and ball in this game.
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