KAR vs ISL Preview:
The Covid-19 has disrupted the ongoing Pakistan Super League. The event has been cut short, and the playoffs have been converted to semi-finals. The Semi-finals format has ensured that the final spot at the points table will become less consequential. The new format has made this game very important for Islamabad United, who is currently placed on the 5th spot in the table. However, a victory will affirm their place in the semi-finals. The only hurdle in front of them is a robust Karachi Kings side. The Kings are primed to qualify for the semi-finals and are currently placed at 2nd spot. They have nine points and are left with two attempts. A single point would ensure qualification for the Babar Azam led side.
Match: KAR vs ISL
Pakistan Super League 2020
Date: Monday, 14th March 2020
Time: 7:00 PM
Venue: National Stadium, Karachi.
Head to Head:
Karachi Kings and Islamabad met once before in the tournament. The last game between the two sides proved a rather one-sided affair with Karachi Kings sealing a comfortable victory from five wickets. Luke Ronchi and Shadab Khan starred with the bat for Islamabad United, whereas Alex Hales played a blinder for Karachi. Imad Wasim also played a vital inning of 32 to finish off the game. Babar Azam was out for a duck and didn't face even a single ball.
Strength: Both the teams had their strength in top order batting. However, both have taken a hit in the department. Karachi Kings have lost their star opener Alex Hales whereas Islamabad United has taken a bigger punch and has lost Luke Ronchi, Dawid Malan, and Colin Munro. However, as per the latest information, they have Colin Ingram, who, along with Shadab Khan, will strengthen the team's batting. The strength for both the team mainly lies in batting. Though, Mohammad Amir also provides an extra edge to Karachi Kings in bowling.
Weaknesses: Karachi Kings have looked a decent side. However, the batting for the team seemed dependent on Alex Hales, and Babar Azam and the departure of Alex Hales has opened a few holes in the side. The main weakness of the Islamabad United team is their lack of strength in the bowling department. The team lacks a strike bowler, and departure for three of their most dangerous batsmen have further weakened the group.
The betting odds of this match have favored the Karachi Kings. However, the live predictions are updated every few hours, and these odds might change considerably due to the constant departures of foreign players.
As many as four international players have confirmed their exits from this game, and a few more stars such as Colin Ingram are expected to leave the tournament midway. However, disregarding any more departures, Karachi Kings are looking as considerable favorites in today match prediction.
Bet365: Karachi Kings: 1.72, Islamabad United: 2.10
Betway: Karachi Kings: 1.66, Islamabad United: 2.10
Babar Azam: 294 runs in eight matches
Sharjeel Khan: 162 runs in eight matches
Mohammad Amir: 10 wickets in eight matches
Shadab Khan: 251 run six wickets in eight games.
Colin Ingram: 192 runs in eight matches
Faheem Ashraf: seven wickets and 38 runs in six games.
The fantasy cricket team could be a tricky one for this game as things stand. The Covid-19 was recently declared as a pandemic that has created havoc amongst the players. Many players have decided to pull out of the tournament. Alex Hales and Dawid Malan are confirmed departures, whereas Luke Ronchi and Colin Munro have also left Pakistan. The developement makes Colin Ingram and Babar Azam, a must-have in your fantasy team. Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim are two all-rounders who have performed brilliantly and command a place in Dream11 side. Mohammad Amir is another player who should be selected in the team for his wicket-taking abilities.