Karachi Kings and Multan Sultans tussle for the top spot in PSL!
Multan Sultans to overcome Karachi Kings by a close margin!
Karachi Kings will certainly face a stern test when they take on league leaders Multan Sultans in the 19th match of 2020 Pakistan Super League at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Friday.
Karachi is coming into this game on the back of consecutive victories against Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi. The side seemed to have found their rhythm and will be keen to continue their good form in this contest
On the other hand, Multan Sultans are riding on the batting might of their captain Shan Masood and are on a three-match winning streak. Multan Sultans will be looking to extend their unbeaten streak against Karachi Kings.
Imad Wasim-led unit will need to guard against complacency and maintain their standards in all-important clash against Multan Sultans. The bowlers put in an excellent performance to setup a comfortable win against Peshawar Zalmi.
With conditions conducive to swing bowling, Left-arm quick Mohammad Amir made an immediate impact with the new-ball and dismissed Tom Banton and Haider Ali in the first over of the innings. In his second spell, Amir dismissed Carlos Brathwaite and Lewis Gregory to end up with four wickets to his name.
Playing his first game of the season, medium-pacer Aamir Yamin bowled well and picked up the key wickets of Kamran Akmal to help Karachi take control of the game. England pacer Chris Jordan once again chipped in with another splendid bowling performance and finished with 2 for 33 in his four overs.
Chasing 152 runs for victory, Sharjeel Khan was dismissed by Hasan Ali to see Karachi Kings get off to a shaky start. After registering low scores in the last two matches, Babar Azam found form with the bat and put on a match-winning partnership of 101 runs with Alex Hales.
Babar Azam remained unbeaten till the end and steered his side to a comfortable win over Peshawar Zalmi. He finished the innings with the top-score of 70 not out off 59 balls with the help of 10 boundaries. Besides Azam, Alex Hales continued his excellent form for Kings and smashed 49 runs off 27 balls with the help of six fours and two sixes. Wicket-keeper Chadwick Walton also chipped in with 22 runs off 16 balls with the help of four boundaries.
Mohammad Amir, Chadwick Walton (wk), Chris Jordan, Alex Hales, Babar Azam, Sharjeel Khan, Cameron Delport, Imad Wasim (c), Aamer Yamin, Iftikhar Ahmed, Umer Khan
Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Chadwick Walton, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mohammad Amir, SI Wasim, Babar Azam, Sharjeel Khan, Aamer Yamin, Iftikhar Ahmed, Umer Khan
Under their new captain Shan Masood, Multan Sultans made a strong statement on Saturday when they humbled defending champions Quetta Gladiators by 30 runs, announcing they are ready to shed the underachiever’s tag they earned last season. In the batting department, the side will be relying on their in-form duo of Rilee Rossouw and captain Shan Masood to produce the bulk of the runs.
In the previous game, Rilee Rossouw was the standout performer with the bat and produced a scintillating century to help Multan Sultans post a formidable total on the board. With his maiden century in PSL, Rossouw has shown excellent form this season and accumulated 189 runs at an average of 63.00.
Besides Rossouw, Shan Masood has been a consistent performer with the bat and scored 174 runs at an average of 34.80. In the previous game, Masood proved to ideal support for Rossouw at the other end. Left-hander managed to put on a 139-run partnership to turn the game in favor of Multan Sultans. Khushdil Shah, Moeen Ali and wicket-keeper Zeeshan Ashraf have produced match-winning performances for the side this season.
In the bowling department, Muhammad Irfan and Muhammad Illyas had a poor game with the ball against Quetta Gladiators. The new-ball pair will need to put in an improved performance against Karachi Kings. Bilawal Bhatti proved to be a valuable addition to the bowling unit in the previous game. Medium-pacer was the pick of the bowlers on display for Multan and finished with 3 for 26 in his four overs. Leg-spinner Imran Tahir once again proved to be a bankable performer and claimed two wickets in the game.
Shan Masood (captain), Khushdil Shah, Zeeshan Ashraf (wk), Sohail Tanvir, Rilee Rossouw, James Vince, Imran Tahir, Moeen Ali, Mohammad Irfan, Bilawal Bhatti, Mohammad Ilyas.
RR Rossouw, Mohammad Ilyas, Imran Tahir, S Tanvir, RS Bopara, Shan Masood, Moeen Ali, Mohammad Irfan, Khushdil Shah, SMSK Afridi, Zeeshan Ashraf
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||12||0.56 mm.||3.34 k/h||From: ENE||100%|
|03h||14||0.25 mm.||4.12 k/h||From: ESE||100%|
|06h||16||0.63 mm.||3.48 k/h||From: SE||100%|
|09h||19||1.94 mm.||6.12 k/h||From: ESE||100%|
|12h||18||1.25 mm.||3.21 k/h||From: E||100%|
|15h||15||1.06 mm.||2.61 k/h||From: ENE||100%|
|18h||13||0 mm.||1.93 k/h||From: ENE||100%|
|21h||11||0.13 mm.||2.08 k/h||From: E||77%|
With rain expected for the game, the bowlers will it hard to grip the ball. The batsmen will have to play sensibly to score runs in this match. The weather forecast for the game is expected to have light rain showers in the evening.
Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore is going to host the 19th game of 2020 Pakistan Super League between Karachi Kings and Multan Sultans. Karachi has a slight advantage over Multan in the PSL claiming three wins in four matches.
On the other hand, Multan Sultans managed to beat Karachi Kings by 52 runs in the game played at Multan this season.
Due to rain to play a role in the game, the side that wins the toss, would be keen to bowl first and restrict the opposing team to lowest possible total.
On a neutral venue, the game between Karachi Kings and Multan Sultans is going to be closely contested. With three wins in a row, Multan Sultan will be favorites to win this game. With the likes of Rilee Rossouw, Imran Tahir and Shan Masood consistently doing well for the side, Multan Sultans will be looking to maintain their unbeaten streak.
Multan Sultans to overcome Karachi Kings by a close margin!