Karachi Kings face off against top-ranked Quetta Gladiators at National Stadium Karachi today in a bid to stay in contention for a place in the playoffs.
The match will be played at the National Stadium Karachi at 07:00 PM (PST). Cricket enthusiasts are overjoyed by the arrival of the PSL in Pakistan.
Karachi Kings’ hopes have been boosted by Lahore Qalandars’ defeat last night against Islamabad United. Quetta Gladiators, Peshawar Zalmi and Islamabad United are already through to the playoffs.
The battle for the fourth spot is now between Karachi Kings and Lahore Qalandars, who also happen to share the hottest rivalry in the Pakistan Super League. Multan Sultans are already out of the race.
In order to make it to the playoffs, the Imad Wasim-led team needs to win only one of its two remaining matches. If Karachi win against Quetta today, they will be through to the playoffs and Lahore will be eliminated. If Karachi lose today, Lahore will remain in contention for the playoffs.
Quetta, on the other hand, are the favourites to win this PSL. Denied the title after coming excruciatingly close twice before, Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men will let nothing stop them from getting that trophy.
Karachi Kings had defeated Quetta Gladiators in their previous meeting at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium by six wickets. Sarfraz XI are ready to get even with Imad XI.
Quetta Gladiators have lost just two matches in the tournament till now and one of those losses was against Karachi Kings, owing to the exceptional 59-ball 127 from Colin Ingram as Karachi won the match by six wickets.
Date: Sunday, March 10, 2019
Timing: 07:00 PM PKT
Weather: Weather is expected to be clear.
Conditions / Pitch Report: The Karachi surface should suit the medium fast bowlers but there is enough in the balanced pitch for the batsmen too.
Head to Head:
Matches: 7 | Quetta Gladiators: 5 | Karachi Kings: 2 | NR: 1
- Quetta Gladiators 186/5 lost to Karachi Kings 188/4
Quetta Gladiators: W W W L L (completed matches, most recent first)
Karachi Kings: W W L W L
1. Quetta Gladiators
Quetta will be captained by Sarfraz Ahmed who will also keep wickets and bat down the order. Watson should open the batting.
For Quetta Gladiators, Shane Watson and Umar Akmal are their key players. Shane Watson will open the batting along with Ahmed Shahzad while Rilee Rossouw will come at one drop. Both Watson and Rossouw have been in good touch and have shouldered the batting responsibility.
Umar Akmal has been there spearhead and is the leading run-scorer of the tournament. Among the bowlers, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Nawaz and Ghulam Mudassar will be the main threats.
Quetta Gladiator’s Probable XI:
1. Sarfraz Ahmed, 2. Shane Watson, 3. DJ Bravo, 4. Rilee Rossouw, 5. Umar Akmal, 6. Ahsan Ali, 7. Anwar Ali, 8. Mohammad Nawaz, 9. Sohail Tanvir, 10. Harry Gurney / Fawad Ahmed, 11. Ghulam Mudassar
2. Karachi Kings
Karachi will be relying on their in-form batting, particularly Colin Ingram who smashed a century earlier in the tournament, and the world number one Babar Azam. They will also have high expectations from the second-ranked T20 batsman Colin Munro, who has failed to click so far.
In the bowling department, the focus would be on restricting runs – a genuine worry with the short boundaries at the National Stadium.
Karachi brought in Usman Shinwari in place of Mohammed Amir in the last match. However, their overseas bowling pick Aaron Summers failed to make a mark. This can mean the return of Mohammad Amir which gives the side an opportunity to play another overseas batsman.
Karachi King’s Probable XI:
1. Liam Livingstone, 2. Babar Azam, 3. Colin Munro, 4. Ravi Bopara, 5. Colin Ingram, 6. Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 7. Imad Wasim (capt), 8. Mohammad Amir, 9. Usman Shinwari, 10. Aamer Yamin, 11. Umer Khan
Players to watch:
1. Shane Watson – Batsman, Quetta Gladiators
Shane Watson is always a dangerous player when it comes to the shortest format of the game. One of the most powerful hitters of the ball, de Villiers doesn’t need any time to adjust and can switch gears in an instant.
2. Colin Ingram – Batsman, Karachi Kings
What Shane Watson is to Quetta Gladiators, 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
Babar Azam is a utility player. While there may be someone who steals the spotlight, Babar will be very consistent for Kings. Babar reads the game very well and tunes his batting accordingly.
4. Umar Akmal – Batsman, Quetta Gladiators
Gladiators needed someone to play an innings according to the stipulations. Umar is one of the best hitter of the ball in the world and can dismantle any bowling attack on his day. Akmal is in top form and can prove to be a match winning players for Gladiators.
Stats and Travia:
Highest Score by a batsman: 127 by Colin Ingram v QG in 2019