Cricket match date: 23rd February 2019
Cricket match time: 09:30 pm IST
Cricket match location: Sharjah Cricket Stadium
Cricket Match format: T20
Tournament: Pakistan Super League
Team A: Islamabad United
Team B: Karachi Kings
Team A Captain: Mohammad Sami
Team B Captain: Imad Wasim
Cricket Match Preview:
Karachi Kings will be playing two back-to-back cricket games after taking on Peshawar Zalmi on Friday night followed by a game with Islamabad United. These two games of cricket are going to be crucial for Karachi as they are coming from a loss against Lahore Qalandars in their last game of cricket.
Islamabad United, on the other hand, will be looking to break the losing streak that they find themselves into in this year’s Pakistan Super League (PSL). After winning the first game of cricket handsomely against Lahore Qalandars, they have now lost their last two cricket games against Multan Sultans and Quetta Gladiators.
Islamabad United would be ruing the fact that they let go two of their star performers in Shane Watson and Andre Russell. Both of them have helped their respective sides win against Islamabad United. While Shane Watson hit a half-century for Quetta Gladiators, Russell helped Multan Sultans close out a game, which was going away from them.
Karachi Kings got off to a great start in this year’s PSL. Their young superstar Babar Azam and opener LS Livingstone put on a mammoth partnership of 157 runs in 15 overs. That helped them put 183 runs on the board. They defended the total by 7 runs courtesy of a 4-wicket haul from Mohammad Aamir.
They would be looking to eliminate the mistakes of their second cricket game against Lahore Qalandars. Despite restricting Lahore to 138 runs, they failed to chase down the total as they got bowled out for 116 runs. Islamabad United, on the other hand, would be looking to extract more out of their star leg-spinner Shahdab Khan as his all-round skills are going to be important for them for the remainder of the tournament.
Cricket Match Information:
Islamabad United and Karachi Kings will take on each other for the first time in this year’s PSL. So far, Islamabad have played 3 cricket games and won 1 cricket game while Karachi Kings, by the time this piece is being written, have played 2 cricket games and won 1 game. Due to a higher net run rate, Islamabad are at the 4th spot on the points table while Karachi Kings are at the 5th spot..
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
Islamabad United are being led by fast bowler Mohammad Sami this year. Due to the two consecutive losses in their last two cricket games, our prediction is of some changes in their playing eleven.
Here is our prediction of Islamabad United’s playing XI:
- Luke Ronchi
- Mohammad Sami
- Shahdab Khan
- Rizwan Hussain
- CS Delport
- Hussain Talat
- Asif Ali
- Faheem Ashraf
- Samit Patel
- Waqas Maqsood
- PD Salt
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
Karachi Kings are being led by Imad Wasim in this cricket tournament. Karachi Kings had a fantastic win in their first cricket game however, they lost their next cricket game. Despite the loss in their last cricket game, our prediction is of the same side that played their last cricket game.
Here is our prediction of Karachi Kings’ playing XI:
- LS Livingstone
- Babar Azam
- Mohammad Rizwan
- CA Ingram
- RS Bopara
- Imad Wasim
- Sikandar Raza
- Sohail Khan
- Mohammad Aamir
- Umer Khan
- Usman Shinwari
Cricket Statistics and Prediction:
Imad Wasim has been handed over a big responsibility of captaining Karachi this year. Like his national team Pakistan, his role is going to be crucial for Karachi as well. Our prediction is of a good all-round performance from him in this game of cricket.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
The last international cricket test match played here was between Afghanistan and Zimbabwe. That cricket game produced the scores of 158 and 141 runs by both sides. Afghanistan won the game of cricket by 17 runs by defending the score. Our prediction is of high first innings score of 160 runs. The team defending the total is expected to be the winning side. Conditions are expected to be dry.
Karachi Kings will begin this game of cricket as favourites. They have two openers in fantastic form in Babar Azam and LS Living. Islamabad United, on the other hand, are struggling at the moment. Our prediction is of Karachi Kings’ victory in this game of cricket.
Top Batsman (Prediction):
Babar Azam (KK) – 50+ runs
Top Bowler (Prediction):
Imad Wasim (KK) -3 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
Imad Wasim (KK)
Islamabad United – 1.90
Karachi Kings – 1.74
*odds may change anytime