March 1, 2017
Start time 8:00 PM local (09:00 PM PKT)
Defending Champions Islamabad United will face the in form Karachi Kings for the 6th Time in PSL. Karachi Kings have came back in this season after a poor start and they look stronger than ever with both West Indians: Chris Henry Gayle & Kieron Pollard back in form. While Islamabad United also look good with Most Runs scorer Dwayne Smith scoring runs consistently.
Last time when these team faced each other in Playoffs was also an Eliminator when Islamabad United’s Mohammad Sami took 5 wicket haul against the Kings and restricted them on 111 which chased easily by Dwayne Smith and Brad Haddin in just 14.2 Overs.
Strengths & Weaknesses:
Karachi King’s strength is also their weak, Stars like Kieron Pollard & Chris Gayle either make the game for kings or break it. Kumar Sangakkara is the man with loads of experience and would play a major role in the success of Kings. However, Karachi bowling is not as strong as United. Their star bowler Mohammad Amir is not performing regularly which is a setback for the Kings.
Islamabad United’s strength is their bowling, their bowlers have nerves to defend totals and restrict teams on chasable totals. Mohammad Sami who can turn the table any time against any opposition; However, Islamabad middle and lower order is their weakness which can collapse very quickly
Head to Head & Previous Form:
Karachi Kings vs Islamabad United (2-3)
7 Feb 2016: Islamabad United won by 2 runs
14 Feb 2016: Islamabad United won by 5 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
20 Feb 2016: Islamabad United won by 9 wickets (with 34 balls remaining)
17 Feb 2017: Karachi Kings won by 8 runs (D/L method)
26 Feb 2017: Karachi Kings won by 6 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)
Karachi Kings: W W L
Islamabad United: L W L
Mohammad Sami vs Sohail Khan
Sohail Khan: 14 Wickets in 7 Innings with an economy of 7.63
Mohammad Sami: 10 Wickets in 8 Innings with an economy of 7.20
Babar Azam vs Dwayne Smith
Dwayne Smith: 266 Runs in 8 innings at a SR of 115.2
Babar Azam: 265 Runs in 8 Innings at a SR of 114.7
Expected Playing XI:
Islamabad United: Dwayne Smith, N Pooran, Hussain Talat, Brad Haddin, Misbah ul Haq (C), Shane Watson, Shadab Khan, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Sami, Mohammad Irfan, Rumman Raees.
Karachi Kings: Babar Azam, Chris Gayle, Kumar Sangakkara, Shoaib Malik, Ravi Bopara, Kieron Pollard, Imad Wasim, Sohail Khan, Mohammad Amir, Usama Mir, Usman Khan.