Karachi Kings vs Islamabad United Match Prediction, PSL 2020
Islamabad United must beat Karachi Kings in their final game of the 2020 Pakistan Super League or they will be eliminated. The match takes place at the National Stadium, Karachi, on March 14 and the live action is scheduled to start at 19:00 local time.
Islamabad United have not played since a rain-affected defeat to Multan Sultans, in which the posted 91/7 from their nine overs but lost by nine wickets. They are in the bottom two ahead of what will be their final group game and know even a win may not be enough to reach the play-offs. Defeat will definitely end their chances of a top-four spot, however.
Karachi Kings, on the other hand, have two matches left and a storming ten-wicket win against Lahore Qalandars last time out – after Sharjeel Khan (74*) and Babar Azam (69*) shared an unbroken 151-run opening partnership – sealed victory. This match, as with all remaining PSL fixtures, will be played behind closed doors.
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Karachi Kings won the toss and elected to field first last time out, and they will be keen to do so again after their dominant win.
Karachi will be clear, warm and sunny throughout Saturday.
Karachi’s wicket tends have a good pace to it, offering a good balance between the batsmen and the quicker bowlers.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for Karachi Kings vs Islamabad United, PSL 2020
Karachi Kings Team News & Playing 11
KRK Team News
Alex Hales did not bat last time out, and the Karachi King’ big-hitting batsman is now one of ten players to have stepped away from the PSL 2020 tournament in light of coronavirus fears. Fellow English international Chris Jordan appears set to continue at the tournament, however, despite some fears of a mass English departure. Cameron Delport could replace Hales. Aamer Yamin is injured.
KRK Key Players
Babar Azam: Hit eight fours and a six in his 69* last time out, part of the unbroken 151-run opening partnership last time out. He is now the tournament’s top run scorer this season.
Imad Wasim: The all-rounder has been inconsistent, but on his day he provides some useful middle-order batting and economical bowling, as well as leading the team.
Mohammad Amir: Still one short of 200 T20 wickets, the paceman has taken ten wickets this season and his importance to this bowling attack ramps up further if Chris Jordan heads home.
KRK Team Form
Karachi Kings’ eight-wicket defeat to Lahore Qalandars halted their momentum, but they revenge last time out as Sharjeel Khan (74*) and Babar Azam (69*) led the chase of 151 to win without losing a wicket. They got home with 2.5 overs to spare and now have four wins from seven completed games.
Karachi Kings Predicted Playing 11
Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Cameron Delport, Chadwick Walton (wk), Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim (c), Umaid Asif, Chris Jordan, Mohammad Amir, Umer Khan, Arshad Iqbal
Islamabad United Team News & Playing 11
ISU Team News
Though Dawid Malan is not on the list of English players returning home early from the tournament, he did not feature last time out anyway and Islamabad United may be at full strength for this final game. They will have Luke Ronchi and Colin Munro at the top of the order, with Colin Ingram and Dale Steyn as their other overseas players unless Malan returns to the team.
ISU Key Players
Luke Ronchi: Islamabad United’s top run-scorer again this season, he has hit two half-centuries and boasts a strike rate of 156.47 having amassed 266 runs so far.
Shadab Khan: Pushed up the batting order, the all-rounder has hit 251 runs – including three half-centuries – and backed that up with six wickets.
Dale Steyn: The veteran South African has picked up two wickets since his late arrival at this tournament and he leads the Islamabad pace attack.
ISU Team Form
Islamabad United are on the brink of missing out on the play-offs after two rain-affected defeats in a row. Shadab Khan hit 77 as they posted 195/5 against Peshawar Zalmi, only for rain to halt Zalmi’s reply at 85/2 from nine overs – seven runs ahead of the DLS method despite the game seemingly being still in the balance.
Next up, Islamabad’s match against Multan Sultans was reduced to nine overs each. United hit 91/7 but they lost by nine wickets with 2.2 overs to spare.
Islamabad United Predicted Playing 11
Luke Ronchi (wk), Colin Munro, Rizwan Hussain, Shadab Khan (c), Colin Ingram, Asif Ali, Amad Butt, Dale Steyn, Rumman Raees, Muhammad Musa, Akif Javed
Karachi Kings vs Islamabad United Team Form in Last Five Matches
KRK : W L NR W W
ISU : L L W L L
KRK vs ISU Head to Head
Karachi Kings ended their losing streak against Islamabad United when they met at the start of the month. They have now won five of their 13 matches against Islamabad in the PSL, despite Luke Ronchi (85*) and Shadab Khan (54*) sharing an unbroken 106-run partnership in a total of 183/3 for Islamabad. In reply, Alex Hales hit a half-century and Karachi reached 187/5 in 18.4 over – Imad Wasim injecting some much-needed pace to get them over the line at the end.
KRK vs ISU Head to Head Stats
Karachi Kings vs Islamabad United Betting Odds
After their dominant win against Lahore Qalandars, Karachi Kings go into this match as big favourites to win.
KRK Bet365 Odds
KRK to Win the Match: Karachi Kings are 1.72 to win with Bet365.
KRK Top Batsman: Babar Azam and Sharjeel Khan did the damage with the bat last time out, with their superb opening partnership. They are 3.00 and 4.00 respectively with Bet365 to be Karachi Kings’ top team batsman. Cameron Delport and Chadwick Walton are both 5.50 with Bet365.
KRK Top Bowler: Mohammad Amir is 3.50 favourite with Bet365 to be Karachi Kings’ top team bowler, while Chris Jordan is 4.00. Umer Khan is 4.33, while Umaid Asif returned last time out and he is 5.00. Arshad Iqbal is also 5.00 after taking two wickets having replaced injured Aamer Yamin.
ISU Bet365 Odds
ISU to Win the Match: Islamabad United are 2.10 outsiders to win with Bet365.
ISU Top Batsman: Colin Munro and Luke Ronchi are both 4.00 with Bet365 to be Islamabad United’s top team batsman with Bet365. Colin Ingram is 4.50, while Shadab Khan – who has had an excellent tournament with the bat – is 6.50 with Bet365.
ISU Top Bowler: Shadab Khan is 3.75 favourite with Bet365 to be Islamabad United’s top team bowler too. Muhammad Musa and Rumman Raees can both be backed at 4.50, while Dale Steyn is 5.00 with Bet365.
KRK Betway Odds
KRK to Win the Match: Karachi Kings are 1.75 to win with Betway.
KRK Top Batsman: Babar Azam is 2.50 favourite to be Karachi Kings top team batsman, while opening partner Sharjeel Khan is 4.50 after their match-winning partnership last time out. Chadwick Walton can be backed at 5.00 and Cameron Delport is 5.50.
KRK Top Bowler: Mohammad Amir is 3.25 with Betway to be Karachi Kings’ top team bowler, while Chris Jordan can be backed at 3.75. Umaid Asif and Umer Khan are both 4.50, while Arshad Iqbal is 5.50 with Betway.
ISU Betway Odds
ISU to Win the Match: Islamabad United are also 2.00 to win with Betway.
ISU Top Batsman: Colin Munro is 3.60 joint-favourite with Betway to be Islamabad United’s top team batsman, alongside opening partner Luke Ronchi. Colin Ingram is 4.00 with Betway and Shadab Khan can be backed at 5.50.
ISU Top Bowler: Shadab Khan is 3.75 with Betway to be Islamabad’s top team bowler too, while Dale Steyn is 4.00. Rumman Raees is 4.33 and Muhammad Musa can be backed at 4.75.
Karachi Kings vs Islamabad United Prediction
Karachi Kings got back to winning ways in style last time out and they can seal their play-off place with victory in this game.
KRK vs ISU Dream11 Prediction
Luke Ronchi is Islamabad’s top run-scorer again this season and will want to sign off from this year’s tournament with another big innings at the top of the order. He batted well when these sides last met too.
After their match-winning partnership last time out, Babar Azam and Sharjeel Khan are worth selecting. Babar Azam is 11 credits, but his cost can be balanced by the fact Sharjeel is just 8.5 credits. Alex Hales has gone home, so Colin Munro – Islamabad’s other opener with Ronchi – looks the best option of the 9.5-credit batsmen.
Shadab Khan is nine credits but his 538 points so far prove just how valuable he has become – particularly with the bat this season. Imad Wasim is Karachi’s top all-rounder, while Cameron Delport could be worth picking at 8.5 credits if he replaces Alex Hales.
Mohammad Amir and Chris Jordan are nine credits apiece, while Dale Steyn is 8.5 credits. Those are the three highest-profile bowlers on show, while Umaid Asif is a good option to round the team off given he returned to the Karachi team with another two wickets last time out.
Shadab Khan is an out-and-out all-rounder, but his batting has been excellent this season and his bowling useful. He could be a top captain pick. Given their batting form last time out, Babar Azam and Sharjeel Khan are hard to ignore, meanwhile. Babar Azam is the top run-scorer so far, and so looks the better option.
KRK vs ISU Dream11 Team Prediction
Batsmen:Babar Azam (vc), Sharjeel Khan, Colin Munro
All Rounder:Shadab Khan (c), Imad Wasim, Cameron Delport
Wicket Keeper:Luke Ronchi
Bowler:Mohammad Amir, Chris Jordan, Dale Steyn, Umaid Asif