Who Will Win Islamabad vs Karachi, PSL 2019 Eliminator 1?
The Eliminator 1 of Pakistan Super League 2019 will see Islamabad United take on Karachi Kings at the National Stadium in Karachi. While the winner of this game will advance to Eliminator 2, the loser will be knocked out of the tournament. The match will be played on March 14 with live telecast scheduled to begin at 7 PM local time.
ISU vs KRK, PSL 2019 Eliminator 1: Where to Watch/Live Streaming
TV channels: PTV Sports, Geo Super, Hum TV, Willow TV, Gazi TV, SuperSport
Live Streaming: Bet365, Cricketgateway
ISU vs KRK Toss Prediction
The wicket at this ground has been a very good one for batting and it won't be easy for the side batting first to determine a safe score here. And also since the pitch is expected to remain the same across the 40 overs, the team that wins the toss in this match is likely to bowl first.
Read on for team previews, betting odds, betting tips and predictions for Islamabad United vs Karachi Kings Eliminator 1, Pakistan Super League 2019...
Islamabad United Team News & Playing 11
ISU Team News
Islamabad United made as many as four changes to their side for the last match against Lahore Qalandars as they replaced Samit Patel, Rizwan Hussain, Amad Butt and Zafar Gohar by Chadwick Walton, Hussain Talat, Muhammad Musa and Rumman Raees. The team's batting department has received a big boost with England batsman Alex Hales joining them for the playoffs and he replaces fellow countryman Ian Bell in the squad who had earlier been ruled out of the remainder of the PSL season due to a leg injury. Hales is likely to be drafted into the playing eleven for Thursday's crucial Eliminator and he will probably replace Philip Salt at number three.
ISU Key Players
Luke Ronchi is amongst the leading run-getters of the PSL 2019 with 297 runs which includes three half-centuries and he is the key man in Islamabad's batting group. Apart from him, the team will also rely on Cameron Delport who blitzed an unbeaten 60-ball 117 in the last game against Lahore Qalandars and Asif Ali who is having a strike-rate of around 181. Alex Hales is one of world's best T20 batsmen and his inclusion will further strengthen the top-order batting. Faheem Ashraf has been on a roll this season and he will be the one to watch out for in this bowling attack. The seamer is currently the tournament's second-best bowler with 19 wickets. He annihilated Lahore Qalandars with his six-fer last time and he is likely to cause a few problems for Karachi Kings in this Eliminator. Islamabad will also expect good performances from their other specialist bowlers in Shadab Khan and Rumman Raees.
ISU Recent Form
Islamabad United have won five and lost as many matches out of the ten they have played to finish the PSL 2019 league-stage at the third position on the points table. After losing back-to-back matches against Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators, they registered a convincing 49-run victory in their last game against Lahore Qalandars at this very ground. Islamabad were dominating with the bat last time out but their bowling in the previous three matches has not been up to the mark.
Islamabad United Predicted Playing 11
Luke Ronchi (wk), Cameron Delport, Alex Hales, Chadwick Walton, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Sami (c), Muhammad Musa, Rumman Raees
Karachi Kings Team News & Playing 11
KRK Team News
Karachi Kings dropped Aamer Yamin for Mohammad Amir in the last game against Peshawar Zalmi. Amir displayed an outstanding performance with the ball and he is likely to be retained in the side for this upcoming knock-out fixture against Islamabad United. Babar Azam and Colin Munro will continue to open the batting while Liam Livingstone and Colin Ingram will come in at numbers three and four respectively. Mohammad Amir and Usman Khan will probably lead the bowling attack for the Kings once again. The team is going into this game without any injury concerns and we don't expect them to make any changes to their line-up.
KRK Key Players
Karachi Kings have a strong batting line-up with Babar Azam, Liam Livingstone and Colin Ingram all hitting good form at the moment. Ingram has been one of the most consistent performers with the bat this PSL and he is coming on the back of a magnificent 37-ball 71 against Peshawar Zalmi. Azam and Livingstone have cracked three fifties each in the tournament. Colin Munro, on his day, can single-handedly take the game away from the opposition and he is a handy option with the ball as well. The key figures in Karachi's bowling unit, however, are Mohammad Amir, Umer Khan and Usman Shinwari. Umer has been the most impressive of the three with 13 wickets in the tournament. The left-arm spinner was taken for plenty last time but he is expected to bounce back with a strong performance on Thursday. Mohammad Amir was the pick of the bowlers in the last game with figures of 3-24 and he will look to push Islamabad on the backfoot with a few early strikes.
KRK Recent Form
Karachi Kings have finished fourth at the end of the league round of the Pakistan Super League 2019 with five wins and five losses from ten matches. They defeated Lahore Qalandars, Multan Sultans and Quetta Gladiators to secure three wins on the trot but have now lost all their momentum with a heavy 61-run loss at the hands of Peshawar Zalmi in their last match. The Kings were below par with both bat and ball last time - they allowed Peshawar to rack up 203 runs before being bundled out for 142.
Karachi Kings Predicted Playing 11
Babar Azam, Colin Munro, Liam Livingstone, Colin Ingram, Ben Dunk (wk), Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim (c), Sohail Khan, Mohammad Amir, Umer Khan, Usman Khan Shinwari
Islamabad United vs Karachi Kings Team Form in Last Five Matches
ISU : W L L W L
KRK : L W W W L
ISU vs KRK Head to Head
Islamabad United and Karachi Kings have played eleven matches against each other in the Pakistan Super League with the former winning seven of those and the latter four.
Islamabad United have won four of their last five matches played against Karachi Kings, including both the encounters earlier in the ongoing season.
Islamabad United defeated Karachi Kings by seven wickets in their first clash of the season at Sharjah last month and then completed the double over them four days later at Dubai by securing a five-wicket win.
Bet365 is currently offering odds of 1.90 on both Islamabad United and Karachi Kings to win the Eliminator 1 of the Pakistan Super League 2019. The two teams have been priced at 1.83 on both Betway and Betrally.
Islamabad United vs Karachi Kings Prediction
Islamabad United are coming on the back of a comfortable win over Lahore Qalandars while Karachi Kings faced a humiliating defeat at the hands of Peshawar Zalmi in their last match. Islamabad boast a good record against Karachi and having beaten them twice in two matches this season will give them a lot of confidence heading into this game. However, the latter have a formidable top-order batting and their bowling attack looks stronger with Mohammad Amir, Umer Khan and Usman Khan all coming off impressive performances in the recent games. Islamabad, on the other hand, are comparatively weaker in the bowling department and there seems to be a lot of dependency on Faheem Ashraf. Karachi Kings will be desperate to avenge their twin defeats in the league stage and we feel they could knock out Islamabad United in this Eliminator.
Back Karachi Kings to beat Islamabad United in the PSL 2019 Eliminator 1 at 1.90 with Bet365 and 1.83 with both Betway and Betrally.