The second fixture of Pakistan Super League 2019 will witness Karachi Kings and Multan Sultans go up against each other day the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday, February 15.
Both teams have faced each other in two PSL fixtures, with Karachi picking the honors on first occasion, while their previous clash ended without a result.
Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik will go head-to-head as Karachi Kings and Multan Sultans get ready to open their campaigns in the fourth edition.
The Dubai International Stadium will be the setting for the first of Friday’s double-header in the PSL as the two teams look to start on the perfect note in the T20 competition.
The clash promises to be an intriguing battle with the experienced heads of Multan’s Malik and Shahid Afridi pitted against two of Pakistan’s limited-overs stalwarts in Imad Wasim and Babar for Karachi.
Even before the tournament could begin, the Sultans were dealt with body-blows. First, Steve Smith was ruled out with an injury he sustained during the BPL and then, to make matters worse for them, Joe Denly picked country over club.
On the other hand, the Kings from Karachi will be buzzing with confidence with biggies in the form of Imad Wasim and Babar Azam leading their ranks.
Date: Friday, February 15, 2019
Timing: 04:30 PM PKT
Weather: Weather is expected to be clear with a few clouds into the afternoon.
Conditions / Pitch Report: The Dubai surface should suit the spin bowlers but there is enough in the balanced pitch for the batsmen and seamers too. The pitch has been decent enough for batting, especially in the second half of a game. and that can be comprehended from the results of the last few matches.
Head to Head:
Matches: 2 | Karachi Kings: 1 | Multan Sultans: 0 | NR: 1
- Karachi Kings 188/3 beat Multan Sultans 125dars 146/9
Karachi Kings: L L W L T (completed matches, most recent first)
Multan Sultans: L L L L W
1. Karachi Kings
Karachi Kings finished second in last season’s Pakistan Super League table, but lost their momentum towards the business end of the league and lost their qualifier games to miss out on the final spot.
Karachi Kings will have to do without the services of Munro, Ben Dunk and Aaron Summer’s for Friday clash which should throw up plenty of headaches with regards to the team combination for Imad Wasim.
Babar and Ingram could be the openers with the willow. Babar was in tremendous form in South Africa lately. Ingram is always a threat at the top.
Bopara will also be in the playing 11. The English all-rounder is a veteran in T20 leagues. Amir, Shenwari and Sohail should take care of the seam department.
Sikandar Raza and Livingstone are in the Karachi squad in Dubai. They are likely to take the field
Karachi King’s Probable XI:
1. Liam Livingstone, 2. Babar Azam, 3. Ravi Bopara, 4. Sikander Raza, 5. Colin Ingram, 6. Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 7. Imad Wasim (capt), 8. Mohammad Amir, 9. Usman Shinwari, 10. Usama Mir, 11. Ali Imran.
2. Multan Sultans
This team will be captained by veteran Malik who will be the best bet in the batting department.
Windies batsman Charles is likely to open the batting with Evans. Afridi will be in the middle order. He is going to be more effective with the ball.
Andre Russell is also in the squad. We know what he is capable of. Drop him and be ready to pay the price. Mohd Irfan, Abbas and Junaid will be the lead seamers. Green could be overseas spinner.
Multan Sultan’s Probable XI:
1. Shan Masood, 2. Johnson Charles (wk), 3. Joe Denly, 4. Shoaib Malik (c), 5. Andre Russell, 6. Hammad Azam, 7. Shahid Afridi, 8. Dan Christian, 10. Junaid Khan, 11. Mohammad Abbas, 12. Mohammad Irfan
Players to watch:
1. Andre Russel – Batsman, Multan Sultans
Andre Russel is always a dangerous player when it comes to the shortest format of the game. One of the most powerful hitters of the ball, Russel doesn’t need any time to adjust and can switch gears in an instant.
2. Colin Ingram – Batsman, Karachi Kings
What Andre Russel is to Multan Sultans, Colin Ingram is to Karachi Kings. Colin Ingram is a natural when it comes to big knocks and could be a lethal player for the Karachi Kings. A player of his quality is always a danger for opposition bowlers as he often tends to take the game away with his maximums.
3. Babar Azam – Batsman, Karachi Kings
Ranked No 1 in the world ratings for T20 Batsman, the batsman was an integral part of Pakistan’s batting line-up. The right-hander has been making this column frequently in recent times, but it can’t be helped when he’s in that kind of form. Through the Tests, ODIs and T20Is, he has been Pakistan’s most consistent batsman and he will want to close out the series with a fllourish.
4. Shahid Afridi – All-rounder, Multan Sultans
Multan needed someone to play an innings according to the stipulations. Shahid Afridi is one of the best hitter of the ball in the world and can dismantle any bowling attack on his day.
5. Shoaib Malik – All-rounder, Multan Sultans
Multan Sultan’s skipper Shoaib Malik is a utility player. While there may be someone who steals the spotlight, Malik will be very consistent for Sultans. Malik reads the game very well and tunes his batting accordingly.