Islamabad United will face off against Karachi Kings in the sixth Pakistan Super League match. It should be another high intensity encounter in the PSL. They have been some games at the level of the IPL if not better. With IPL 2021 just round the corner, the PSL is totally living up to expectations.
If compared to their opponents on Wednesday, Karachi Kings celebrated a much more convincing victory. They were good with the cricket bat, as they thrashed the Quetta Gladiators by seven wickets and more than six overs to spare. The bowling attack looked stunning against the star studded Gladiator line-up. They neutralized the likes of Gayle, Banton and Cutting at regular intervals to restrict the Quetta side to a meager 121 run score.
Arshad Iqbal shined with the ball picking three batsman and giving away only 16 runs during his quota. Joe Clarke’s 46 run knock then sealed the game. Like the Islamabad United, Karachi Kings also present an attractive bowling unit.
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Karachi Kings Squad: Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Joe Clarke(w), Colin Ingram, Mohammad Nabi, Daniel Christian, Imad Wasim (c), Aamer Yamin, Mohammad Amir, Waqas Maqsood, Arshad Iqbal, Danish Aziz, Qasim Akram, Noor Ahmad, Mohammad Ilyas, Zeeshan Malik, Chadwick Walton
Shadab Khan’s Islamabad United come into the game with a refreshing victory on their mind. Riding on Lewis Gregory’s brilliant unbeaten 49 off 31 balls, they managed to trounce Multan Sultans. It is Mohammad Wasim who’ll don the spotlight once more after showcasing some serious skill in the last match. Their batting did look fragile during the run chase but the depth simply brought it home.
Islamabad United Squad: Philip Salt(w), Alex Hales, Shadab Khan(c), Hussain Talat, Asif Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Lewis Gregory, Faheem Ashraf, Zafar Gohar, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Akif Javed, Ahmed Safi Abdullah, Zeeshan Zameer, Rohail Nazir, Muhammad Musa, Ali Khan, Fawad Ahmed, Reece Topley
Islamabad United and Karachi Kings have faced each other 14 times in PSL. United have won 8 matches and Kings have emerged victorious on 6 occasions.
The Karachi stadium presented a batting marvel on Tuesday and sides will hope to see their stars produce some beauty with the willow. The winning formula however should remain the same – elect to field first and chase with all the dew playing a major role. Form and momentum announce Karachi Kings as the better side and winners for Wednesday.
Date and Time:
February 24 2021 (Wednesday)
National Stadium, Karachi
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