In-form Karachi Kings aim to continue their winning run in PSL!
Expect Karachi Kings to beat Quetta Gladiators!
Host Karachi Kings will be looking to continue their decent form when they take on Quetta Gladiators in the 6th match of 2020 Pakistan Super League at National Cricket Stadium in Karachi on Sunday.
Kings put in an excellent batting performance to start their campaign with a victory. Captain Imad Wasim will be hoping that the side can maintain their focus and intensity against Quetta Gladiators.
On the other hand, Quetta Gladiators will need to learn mistakes made in their previous game. Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and co. will need to come with better game plans in a bid to get back to winning ways.
The perennial underachievers put in an excellent batting performance in their opening game played against Peshawar Zalmi. Babar Azam led from the front with the bat and smashed 78 runs off 56 balls with the help of seven fours and two sixes. He put on a crucial partnership with Cameron Delport and Imad Wasim to help Kings put on a competitive score on the board.
In his comeback game, opener Sharjeel Khan failed to capitalize on his good start and perished after scoring 19 runs off 11 balls with the help of one four and two sixes. Cameron Delport also chipped in with 20 runs off 16 balls with the help of three boundaries.
Captain Imad Wasim promoted to no.4 in the batting order, produced splendid innings for Kings. Left-hander came to the crease and put on a 97-run partnership with Babar Azam to help Kings post 201 runs in their allotted 20 overs. Wasim scored 50 runs off 30 balls with the help of three fours and three sixes.
In the bowling department, the likes of Mohammad Amir, Chris Jordan, and Umaid Asif will be keen to make early breakthroughs with the new ball. Left-arm quick Mohammad Amir bowled well and finished with figures of 1 for 34 in his four overs. Umaid Asif was the pick of the bowlers for Karachi and dismissed Darren Sammy and Wahab Riaz to finish with figures of 2 for 23 in his four overs.
Babar Azam, Umaid Asif, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Cameron Delport, Imad Wasim (captain), Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Amir, Chadwick Walton, Chris Jordan, Arshad Iqbal
Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Arshad Iqbal, Chadwick Walton, Mohammad Amir, SI Wasim, Babar Azam, Sharjeel Khan, Cameron Delport, Iftikhar Ahmed, Umaid Asif
With a defeat in their previous game, Quetta Gladiators have slipped into the bottom half of the league table. Gladiators will feel that there is no time to panic and will stick with the same side that played against Peshawar Zalmi.
In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Jason Roy, Ahmed Shehzad, and Shane Watson to do the bulk of the scoring. In the previous game, Opener Jason Roy was the standout player with the bat and finished the innings with 73 not out off 57 balls with the help of six fours and one six. He put on crucial partnerships with Shane Watson and Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed to help the side post a decent total on the board.
All-rounder Shane Watson failed to make an impression with the bat and perished after scoring just 8 runs. Ahmed Shehzad also scored 12 runs with the help of one four.
Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed came to the crease with the side placed in a tricky situation. He put on a 62-run partnership with Jason Roy to keep the scoreboard ticking for Quetta Gladiators. Sarfaraz Ahmed scored 41 runs off 25 balls with the help of five fours and one six. Azam Khan and Mohammad Nawaz perished for low scores to see Gladiators post 148 runs in their allotted overs.
In the bowling department, the onus will be on the likes of Mohammad Hasnain, Sohail Khan, and Fawad Ahmed to make crucial breakthroughs. In the previous game, Sohail Khan, Mohammad Hasnain and Tymal Mills bowled well and conceded less than seven runs an over.
Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain & wk), Azam Khan, Jason Roy, Shane Watson, Ahmed Shehzad, Ahsan Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Sohail Khan, Tymal Mills, Mohammad Hasnain, Fawad Ahmed
Jason Roy, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hasnain, TS Mills, Naseem Shah, Azam Khan, Sohail Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, SR Watson, Sarfraz Ahmed, Anwar Ali
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||20||0 mm.||1.27 k/h||From: NNE||1%|
|03h||22||0 mm.||2.28 k/h||From: ENE||0%|
|06h||29||0 mm.||3.47 k/h||From: E||0%|
|09h||32||0 mm.||0.8 k/h||From: ESE||0%|
|12h||28||0 mm.||6.07 k/h||From: WNW||0%|
|15h||23||0 mm.||4.15 k/h||From: NW||0%|
|18h||22||0 mm.||2.97 k/h||From: NW||0%|
|21h||21||0 mm.||3.43 k/h||From: NW||0%|
The wicket prepared for the game will be full of runs as batsmen are expected to dominate the proceedings. The weather forecast for the game is expected to bright and sunny
National Cricket Stadium in Karachi is going to host the sixth game between Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators. Last year, Karachi Kings won both their round-robin matches against Quetta Gladiators.
Overall, Quetta Gladiators have a decent head-to-head record against Karachi Kings in the history of PSL.
The pitch does tend to be on a slower side so both the teams will be looking to win the toss and bowl first. The average first inning score at this venue is around 150 runs.
Based on the current form, Karachi Kings is expected to maintain its winning streak against Quetta Gladiators. With the likes of Babar Azam, Imad Wasim and Umaid Asif delivering splendid performances, Kings will be determined to put on strong batting display in front of home crowds.
Expect Karachi Kings to beat Quetta Gladiators!