Islamabad United will face off against Karachi Kings in the 22nd Pakistan Super League match. The two teams are in the top half of the PSL 2021 table. Both will be keen on gaining two points and pushing for a top four finish, which seems highly likely now. The team from Karachi has a slight advantage over their rivals at present, but cricket is a game of performing in the present. So let’s wait and watch!!
Colin Munro and Usman Khawaja have already displayed what they are capable of. The team, on paper, has a shiny top order. Their bowling too looks well settled when Hasan Ali, Mohammad Wasim Jr and Musa Khan do well. Skipper Shadab Khan will look at the game versus Karachi as a big game. The players will have to come out and put up an A-game to secure a win. They will want to continue to play some good live cricket.
The last time Islamabad and Karachi locked horns, the former chased down a 196-run target without a single batsman getting a half-century.
Islamabad United Squad: Shadab Khan (c), Ahmed Saifi Abdullah, Ali Khan, Akif Javed, Asif Ali, Colin Munro, Fawad Ahmed, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Mohammad Akhlaq, Musa Khan, Rohail Nazir, Usman Khawaja, Zafar Gohar and Zeeshan Zameer.
Karachi Kings come to this match carrying a 12 run loss. They failed to chase down 176 runs when Babar Azam was still on the crease, batting at 85 runs. While Babar batting for long is a positive sign, other batsmen will have to buck up and put in numbers especially against a side like Islamabad, which has a mind-blowing batting line-up. As skipper Imad Wasim said after the game, the top-order needs to take advantage of the powerplay.
Bowling-wise, Imad Wasim and company look good. Thisara Perera’s performance against Multan might give them the confidence to go on and pressurize the best lineups.
Karachi Kings Squad: squad:Imad Wasim (c), Babar Azam, Mohammad Amir, Aamer Yamin, Sharjeel Khan, Waqas Maqsood, Arshad Iqbal, Danish Aziz, Mohammad Ilyas, Zeeshan Malik, Qasim Akram, Noor Ahmad, Abbas Afridi, Martin Guptill, Mohammad Haris, Thisara Perera, Najibullah Zadran, Chadwick Walton
Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators have faced each other 12 times in PSL. United have won 5 matches and Gladiators have emerged victorious on 7 occasions.
Sheikh Zayed Stadium presents a dry pitch, which means spinners and batsmen will be looking forward to the contest. The first innings average score on the pitch is 162 runs. Islamabad definitely looks like a side to win in this game. Imad Wasim’s Karachi will have to silence Islamabad’s batting to stand a chance.
Date and Time:
June 14, 2021, 9:30 PM IST
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi