LAH vs KAR Preview:
Karachi Kings and Lahore Qalandars will play each other in the 2nd semi-final. The Lahore team was almost knocked out of the tournament, if not for the heroic knock by Chris Lynn. Lahore Qalandars have consistently performed inconsistently in the history of PSL. Though, Chris Lynn took the team to the third spot. The departure of Chris Lynn is a cause of the problem for the side, but when compared with the withdrawal from the other sides, Qalandars seemed best placed at the moment. Karachi Kings, on the other hand, are shook by the departure of Alex Hales, who fitted very well with Babar Azam has shaken the team. The bowling is also a cause of concern for the Qalandars side.
Match: LAH vs KAR
1st Semi-Final, Pakistan Super League
Date: Monday, 17th March 2020
Time: 7:30 PM
Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.
Both the teams met twice in the league. The Lahore team came out victorious on both occasions. The second game saw Chris Lynn destroying the Karachi team. The Karachi side would try to break the series of losses against the Lahore side and would like to come away with a win against them.
Strength: The strength of Lahore Qalandars lies in their batting department. Even after the departure of Chris Lynn, the team consists of Sohail Akhtar, Fakhar Zaman, and Mohammad Hafeez, all of whom have crossed the total of 300 runs in the tournament. The team also has a bunch of useful all-rounders in the form of David Wiese and Samit Patel, who can change the complexion of any game at any moment. The bowling, especially Shaheed Afridi, is another strength that can take them to victory. On the other hand, Karachi Kings have Babar Azam in their side, and he alone can be counted as strength for the side. The availability of Imad Wasim and Cameron Delport provides the team with some useful all-round options.
Weaknesses: The biggest weakness for Lahore Qalandars lies in explosive batsmen up top The team has a lot of useful batsmen who have scored more than 200 runs in the tournament, and they are missing that one explosive batsman at the top who can accelerate at will. The lack of good bowling partner for Shaheen Afridi is also a significant cause of concern for the team and could be the make or break in the match. Karachi Kings, on the other hand, look a different team since the departure of Alex Hales. The Kings lack a match-winner batsman other than Babar Azam in their side. The wicket-taking options are also scarce, and no one other than Mohammad Amir has scalps in double digits at the moment.
The group stage saw Karachi Kings performing brilliantly and winning five games out of 10. The process saw Kings finished on the 2nd spot, whereas Qalandars qualified to the semifinal due to a fantastic inning by Chris Lynn in the last match. Lahore Qalandars are known for their inconsistent performances. To make matters worse, Chirs Lynn has departed for his country due to the Covid-19 scare. All the factors have combined to make Karachi Kings' favorite in today match prediction.
Bet365: Karachi Kings: 1.72, Lahore Qalandars: 2.10
Betway: Karachi Kings: 1.66, Lahore Qalandars: 2.15
Fakhar Zaman: 246 runs in nine innings.
Sohail Akhtar: 236 runs in nine innings
Shaheen Afridi: 13 wickets in nine matches.
Samit Patel: Nine Wickets and 137 runs in 10 matches.
Mohammad Hafeez: 217 runs and three wickets in 10 matches.
Babar Azam: 345 runs in 10 matches.
Imad Wasim: Five wickets and 121 runs in nine matches.
C Delport: 178 runs in 8 matches.
Mohammed Amir: 10 wickets in nine matches.
The fantasy cricket time could be a tricky one for this game. Karachi Kings, even though the favorite in this game, looks an inferior side on the papers. Babar Azam, who has 345 runs in 10 games, should make a place for himself along with the experienced Mohammad Amir and Imad Wasim. Chadwick Walton can be chosen as the fourth essential player for the side. On the other hand, Mohammad Hafiz, Shaheen Afridi, Ben Dunk, and David Wiese should be selected on the Dream11 side. Haris Rauf has proved highly inefficient throughout the tournament, but he portrayed his performance in Big Bash League and could be chosen as a wild card option in Dream11 side.