Karachi Kings Team News & Playing 11
KRK Team News
As expected, Karachi tweaked their line-up for their first game in Karachi this season, replacing Aaron Summers in the bowling line-up. Sohail Khan returned in his place and, with an extra overseas slot therefore freed up, Ben Dunk also returned to the side.
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Babar Azam's half-century against Quetta Gladiators was his third of PSL 2019 season – his total of 56 at the top of the order taking him to 280 runs so far.
He is now just five runs behind Liam Livingstone, with whom he set the PSL-record partnership in the opening game. The big-hitting Englishman has also hit three half-centuries so far and top-scored in the previous two games.
Colin Ingram has hit 250 runs so far, meanwhile, including his century against Quetta Gladiators, and all three sit inside the top ten in the PSL 2019 batting charts.
With the ball, Usman Shinwari returned to the team with a four-wicket haul against Multan Sultans and then bowled the superb, match-winning final over last time out in which he claimed three wickets. Umer Khan dismissed Shane Watson, Rilee Rossouw and Umar Akmal last time to move to 13 in this year’s tournament so far.
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Karachi have now won their last three games in a row, with two bowling performances earning them victory against Lahore Qalandars and Multan Sultans before a thrilling victory in a high-scoring contest with Quetta Gladiators.
Against the Qalandars, Liam Livingstone led the chase of 134 to claim a five-wicket win, while the Lancashire batsman was top scorer again – hitting a half-century – to lead a chase of 119 to beat the Sultans. Usman Shinwari had earlier helped restrict the Sultans to 118/7.
Last time out, Babar Azam’s half-century helped them to 190/5 against Quetta Gladiators. In reply, Umer Khan took 3-26 and Usman Shinwari took three wickets in the final over as they claimed a one-run win.
Karachi Kings Predicted Playing 11
Babar Azam, Colin Munro, Liam Livingstone, Colin Ingram, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Ben Dunk, Aamer Yamin, Umer Khan, Usman Shinwari, Sohail Khan