Multan Sultans vs Karachi Kings, Qualifier 1 T20 Match Prediction2020-11-15
National Cricket Stadium, Karachi, Pakistan
Expect Karachi Kings to go through the finals of PSL2020.
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High flying Multan Sultans will be looking to secure their place in the finals when they take on Karachi Kings in the Qualifier 1 game of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Karachi on Saturday.
Earlier this season, Multan Sultans registered a comfortable win over Karachi Kings. The other round-robin match was abandoned due to rain.
With Mahmudullah and James Vince contracting Coronavirus, Multan Sultans have named England’s Joe Denly and Zimbabwe’s Brendan Taylor as suitable replacement for this knockout game. Captain Shan Masood will be hoping that the side can adjust to the conditions and deliver a strong show in this all-important clash.
On the other hand, Karachi Kings will be pleased as the likes of Cameron Delport, Alex Hales, Sherfane Rutherford and Chadwick Walton have arrived in Karachi and will be available for selection. Captain Imad Wasim will be looking to play their best possible combination for this combination.
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The franchise have surprised everyone with their consistent performances and finished at top spot in the preliminary stages with 14 points to their name. Franchise have signed England’s Joe Denly and Zimbabwe’s Brendan Taylor for the knockout matches after James Vince and Mahmudullah were ruled out of the competition after testing positive for Covid-19.
In the absence of Mahmudullah and James Vince, the responsibility will be on the likes of wicket-keeper Zeeshan Ashraf, captain Shan Masood and Rilee Rossouw to make notable contributions in this semifinal clash.
Captain Shan Masood has played domestic cricket in the past couple of weeks and will be looking to do well in this knockout games. Left-hander is currently franchise’s leading run-scorer with 253 runs in eight innings at a strike of 128.41.
Besides Masood, the return of Rilee Rossouw will bolster the batting resources for Multan Sultans. Left-hander has not played any sort of competitive cricket since March.
Joe Denly will be slotted into playing XI after playing Kent in the Vitality T20 Blast this season. England batsman will be looking to make an impression with the bat in this knockout game.Khushdil Shah also looked in good touch with the bat in the home series against Zimbabwe.
Multan Sultans have plenty of experience in the bowling department with the likes of SohaiL Tanvir, Imran Tahir and Mohammad Irfan doing well for the side this season.
Given his excellent performances against Zimbabwe, Leg-spinner Usman Qadir might be slotted into the playing XI for this game.
Imad-Wasim’s Karachi Kings performed well in the round-robin stages and finished second in the league table with 11 points to their name. Overseas players in Alex Hales, Cameron Delport and Chadwick Walton will be available for selection for this knockout game.
For this knockout game, the onus will be on the likes of Alex Hales, Babar Azam and Sharjeel Khan to make notable contributions for Karachi Kings.
This season, Babar Azam and Sharjeel Khan have scored 345 and 239 with averages of 49.28 and 59.75 respectively.
Middle-order comprising of Iftikhar Ahmed, Chadwick Walton and Imad Wasim will have the responsibility to produce quick runs in the last phase of the innings.
In the bowling department, the likes of Mohammad Amir will have to lead the way for Karachi Kings with the new-ball. Usama Mir, Umaid Asif, Aamir Yamin will be other prominent bowling options for the side.
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||20||0 mm.||1.96 k/h||From: N||0%|
|03h||23||0 mm.||1.12 k/h||From: NNE||0%|
|06h||29||0 mm.||1.04 k/h||From: SW||0%|
|09h||31||0 mm.||4.47 k/h||From: SW||0%|
|12h||29||0 mm.||5.19 k/h||From: WSW||0%|
|15h||25||0 mm.||4.21 k/h||From: W||0%|
|18h||25||0 mm.||5.05 k/h||From: WNW||0%|
|21h||24||0 mm.||4.43 k/h||From: WSW||0%|
The wicket prepared for knockout game will be placid one with the plenty of runs for both the batting units. The bowlers might get some assistance with the new-ball under lights.
The weather conditions for the game to be played on Saturday is going to be sunny and light winds.
Going by the head-to-head record in PSL, Multan Sultans have won three games out of four played against Karachi Kings.
With the game expected to start in the evening, the side that wins the toss, would be looking to bowl first and restrict the opposition to lowest possible score.
Given a lot of changes expected for this game, Karachi Kings will have a slight advantage over Multan Sultans as they are playing in their home conditions. With the likes of Babar Azam, Alex Hales and Iftikhar Ahmed showing excellent form this season, Karachi Kings will be looking to put in a clinical performance.
On the other hand, Multan Sultans will have to raise their game with the bat and ball in order to overcome Karachi Kings
Expect Karachi Kings to go through the finals of PSL2020.
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