ISL vs KAR Prediction: The 21st match of the Pakistan Super League 2022 pits Islamabad United against the Karachi Kings on February 14 (Monday). Islamabad United, led by Shadab Khan, sits at the third spot in the PSL rankings, with 3 wins and as many losses and an NRR of +0.792. Ahead of this match, the Islamabad-based franchise lost to the Quetta Gladiators by 5-wickets in spite of batting heroics from Alex Hales (62) and Faheem Ashraf (55). For the Karachi Kings, the situation has been quite gloomy since the start, as they are yet to win a match this season, having lost all six of their games – the majority by huge margins – including their last outing against the Peshawar Zalmi, with Chris Jordan (3/41) and skipper Babar Azam (56) bagging the top figures. Nonetheless, they’d be hoping to at least wrap up a few wins before their league run comes to a closure.
The match will be played at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore which has been another belter of a track in the ongoing edition of PSL. For Islamabad United, who have already beaten Karachi Kings in their previous matchup, the onus would be on their batting attack comprising Alex Hales, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Shadab Khan and Asif Ali to name a few, to garner the most from the conditions and a faulty bowling attack at the offer.
For Karachi Kings, what’s surprising is their inability to perform as a whole. Joe Clarke, Ian Cockbain and Sharjeel Khan haven’t had much success with the willow. Add to that, experienced T20 campaigners like Imad Wasim and Aamer Yamin have looked a mere shadow of themselves in the games played so far. Nonetheless, the Karachi Kings would be vying to end their losing streak at any expense, starting from the rematch against the former champions.
ISL vs KAR Head to Head: Islamabad United have enjoyed an 11-6 record in wins over the Karachi Kings in PSL encounters to date. In this match as well, Islamabad United have been backed to get the better of the Karachi-based franchise as per ISL vs KAR dream11 team prediction. Islamabad United is arguably the better side on paper, not just with the bat, but with the set of skilled bowlers in their side, with Mohammad Wasim Jr and Hasan Ali to name a few.
On the other hand, nothing seems to have worked as per the plans for the Karachi Kings. Barring skipper Babar Azam, none of their batters have managed to up their game so far. Bowling looks pretty decent, with pacer Chris Jordan’s addition in the ranks alongside Umaid Asif, however, the likes of Imad Wasim and Aamer Yamin have been far from consistent to enforce any damage onto the opposition.
Bet 365- ISL:1.50, KAR:2.62
Islamabad United have seen a few players rise up to the ante in the PSL 2022. For this fixture, we have backed Alex Hales and Shadab Khan, as the duo has been on a roll since the start of the season, with the latter offering vital contributions from an all-rounder’s perspective. From Karachi Kings, there’s only one player who could be banked without blinking an eye – Babar Azam.
Alex Hales Stats in T20s
Shadab Khan Stats in T20s
Babar Azam Stats in T20s
If ISL bats first: 180-195
if KAR bats first: 170-180
The wicket at Gaddafi Stadium has had scores in excess of 180s and even 200s in the matches contested this season. Batsmen have had a blast so far, and among bowlers, only a select few have managed to reap rewards from the decks at the offer. According to ISL vs KAR today match prediction, Islamabad United have a better set of batsmen and bowlers, which could give them an upper hand in this fixture.
It’s going to be a hazy atmosphere in Lahore, with a bit of cloud cover at the start of the game and temperature hovering between 11-15 degrees Celsius as per Accuweather. As far as humidity is concerned, the humidity levels will soar from 72-86 percent in the second half, making it slightly tougher for the bowlers as the game progresses.
It’s unlikely that Islamabad United would opt for any changes to their side, in spite of a defeat in their last fixture. For Karachi Kings, trouble lies in their inconsistency, for they can manage to trouble the two-time champions if they manage to pull the right strings at the right moments. It’s a good hunch that they would back the same set of players from the last outing.
ISL Playing XI: Alex Hales, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Muhammad Akhlaq, Shadab Khan (c), Asif Ali, Azam Khan (wk), Liam Dawson, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Hasan Ali, Zeeshan Zameer
KAR Playing XI: Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam (c), Joe Clarke, Sahibzada Farhan, Ian Cockbain, Mohammad Nabi, Qasim Akram, Imad Wasim, Chris Jordan, Umaid Asif, Aamer Yamin
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