QUE vs KAR Preview:
Quetta Gladiators and Karachi Kings will face each other in the last league match of the season. The Kings defeated Islamabad United in their previous game to seal their spot in the semi-finals. Kings are on 11 points and are assured of a 2nd spot. However, things are trickier for the Quetta side. They are on the last place with seven points, and a victory could push them to 4th spot, the last in the race of playoffs. However, their qualification will depend on the afternoon game to be played between Multan Sultan and Lahore Qalandars.
If Multan who are on the top of the table manages to defeat the Lahore side, then a victory would take Quetta to semi-finals. However, a win for Lahore will close all the doors for Quetta.
Match: QUE vs KAR
30th Match, Pakistan Super League
Date: Monday, 15th March 2020
Time: 7:30 PM
Venue: National Cricket Stadium, Karachi.
The last time these two sides met in the tournament, Quetta came out victorious. Karachi posted a total of 156 runs, which the Gladiators managed to chase in 19 overs. Azam Khan was adjudged man of the match in the game for his blistering knock of 46.
Strength: The most significant advantage for the Karachi Kings has been their explosive batting up top. The likes of Babar Azam, Sharjeel Khan, and Alex Hales have assured a good start for the team almost every time they step out on the field. The sheer talent of Babar Azam is enough to win games, and a good day for Azam can turn any game on its head. The Kings also have the likes of Chadwick Walton and Imad Wasim to provide flourish towards the rear end of the innings. On the other hand, Gladiators have been miserable this season. However, in Hasnain, the team has found a true wicket-taker and the experience in the side in the form of Shane Watson and Sarfaraz Khan, who can change the game at any instance.
Weaknesses: The weakness of the Gladiators side has been the fascinating one. Despite being an assembled roster of various world-beater batsmen, the team has struggled to put up runs on the board. No batsman other than Jason Roy has managed to score over 200 runs, and his departure has already weakened the side. In a different symbolic situation, the Kings have struggled to take wickets. No bowler other than Amir has wickets in two digits, and even Amir's return of 10 wickets in not impressive.
Karachi Kings have already qualified for the playoffs and have looked at a settled side. The team is well led by Babar Azam and has produced a few upcoming talents such as Sharjeel Khan. In contrast, the Quetta side has seen complete decimation of their batting, and the team has failed on all fronts. The miserable form of the side saw them hovering in the last spot for most of the season. The team is further weakened by the departure of Jason Roy. All the factors have combined to make Karachi Kings as the favorites in today match prediction.
Bet365: Quetta Gladiators: 2.10, Karachi Kings: 1.72
Betway: Quetta Gladiators: 2.15, Karachi Kings: 1.66
Shane Watson: 181 runs in eight innings at an average of 22.62.
Mohammad Hasnain: 14 wickets in eight matches
Mohammad Nawaz: 108 runs and six wickets in eight games.
Babar Azam: 313 runs in eight innings at an average of 52.16.
Sharjeel Khan: 199 runs in eight innings at an average of 28.42.
Imad Wasim: 121 runs in six innings and five wickets
Mohammad Amir: 10 wickets in nine matches
Choosing the fantasy cricket team for this game should prove straightforward. The departure of Alex Hales and Jason Roy from the country due to the coronavirus has made the selection of Babar Azam and Shane Watson in the dream11 side a straightforward one. Sharjeel Khan has also performed decently on various occasions and should be selected in the dream11 team. Mohammad Nawaz and Imad Wasim should command a place in the side as all-rounders, whereas Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Hasnain both of whom have been amongst wickets should be selected in the team. The wicket-keeper slot should prove a tricky one Chadwick Walton and Sarfaraz Khan both have impressed playing for their respective sides.