Karachi Kings vs Lahore Qalandars 2nd SF Match Prediction, PSL 2020
The second semi-final of the Pakistan Super League 2020 will see Karachi Kings face-off against Lahore Qalandars. This penultimate match of the tournament will be played on March 17 at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Live telecast is scheduled to begin at 7 PM local time.
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Seven out of the nine completed matches, including the last four straight, played at this ground this PSL season have been won by the side batting second. And since the pitch is unlikely to change after the first-half of the game, the toss-winning team will most probably prefer chasing.
Weather is expected to remain clear throughout the day with chances of rain being slim to none. It will be slightly cool in the evening with temperatures likely to be around 22 degrees Celsius during the game. Light winds could blow from the west.
The Gaddafi Stadium has seen plenty of runs being scored in this year's Pakistan Super League. 180+ has been achieved here on ten occasions which shows how good the pitch has been for batting. Expect another high-scoring thriller on Tuesday.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for Karachi Kings vs Lahore Qalandars 2nd Semi Final, PSL 2020
Karachi Kings Team News & Playing 11
KRK Team News
Karachi Kings made as many as four changes to their side in Sunday's five-wicket loss to Quetta Gladiators. Mohammad Rizwan replaced skipper Imad Wasim who did not feature in the team's eleven last time which led to Babar Azam making his captaincy debut in the PSL. Chris Jordan, Chris Jordan and Mohammad Amir too were left out and replaced by Umer Khan, Ali Khan and Waqas Maqsood. Meanwhile, New Zealand pace bowler Mitchell McClenaghan has opted out of the remainder of the tournament amid the increased Coronavirus threat. The Kings have not announced any replacement for McClenaghan as of now.
KRK Key Players
Babar Azam: The new skipper is leading the PSL 2020 runs chart with 345 runs at an average of 49.28. Babar has cracked three fifties in the tournament, one of which came against Lahore Qalandars last week - an unbeaten 69 off 46 balls.
Sharjeel Khan: The left-handed opener is having an impressive strike-rate of 144.20 this season. He blasted an unbeaten 74 off 59 balls in the recent ten-wicket win over Lahore Qalandars and will look to play a similar knock in this knockout game.
Arshad Iqbal: He has done a pretty decent job with the ball for Karachi Kings. The fast bowler has taken five wickets in as many matches and picked up a couple of wickets in the last game against Quetta Gladiators.
KRK Team Form
Karachi Kings have finished second on the PSL 2020 points table with five wins, four losses and a no-result from their ten league games. Since sharing points with Multan Sultans a couple of weeks ago, they have played four matches out of which they have won two and lost as many. The Kings suffered a five-wicket defeat at the hands of defending champions Quetta Gladiators last time out in what was the final league-stage game of the tournament.
Karachi Kings Predicted Playing 11
Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam (c), Iftikhar Ahmed, Cameron Delport, Chadwick Walton, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Usama Mir, Arshad Iqbal, Umer Khan, Ali Khan, Waqas Maqsood
Lahore Qalandars Team News & Playing 11
LHQ Team News
Lahore Qalandars have received a major blow to their hopes of making their first-ever PSL final as few of their foreign players have decided to return to their respective countries in the wake of the pandemic Coronavirus outbreak. Australia's Chris Lynn, South Africa's David Wiese and Sri Lanka's Seekkuge Prasanna are among the players who have pulled out of the remainder of the tournament. With Lynn gone, the Qalandars might bring in Salman Butt to partner Fakhar Zaman at the top of the order.
LHQ Key Players
Ben Dunk: He is among the tournament's leading run-getters having scored 266 runs in 8 matches. The left-handed top-order batsman is averaging 53.20 and is having an excellent strike-rate of 186.01. Dunk has a couple of fifties to his name including the 99 not-out in the reverse encounter against Karachi Kings.
Fakhar Zaman: The opener has struck two half-centuries in his previous three innings - 63 against Peshawar Zalmi last week and 57 against Multan Sultans in the last match. He will look to take the team off to a flier in this semi-final.
Shaheen Afridi: The left-arm quick is one of the season's best performers with the ball. He has notched up 13 wickets in 9 matches at an economy of 7.02. Afridi even picked a four-fer earlier in the tournament against Islamabad United at this very ground.
LHQ Team Form
With five wins and as many losses and with ten points in the bag, Lahore Qalandars have ended up third on the leaderboard with the conclusion of the league phase. They made a poor start to the tournament, losing their first three fixture on the bounce. But they turned things around thereafter and they now have four wins from their last five encounters. Lahore's previous match was on Sunday at this very ground against Multan Sultans whom they beat quite comfortably by a nine-wicket margin.
Lahore Qalandars Predicted Playing 11
Fakhar Zaman, Salman Butt, Sohail Akhtar (c), Ben Dunk (wk), Mohammad Hafeez, Samit Patel, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Raja Farzan, Dilbar Hussain, Usman Shinwari
Karachi Kings vs Lahore Qalandars Team Form in Last Five Matches
KRK : L W W L NR
LHQ : W L W W W
KRK vs LHQ Head to Head
Karachi Kings and Lahore Qalandars have faced each other 10 times in the Pakistan Super League with the former leading the scoreline 6-4.
Both have won four times each in the previous eight encounters. Earlier this month, Lahore Qalandars registered an eight-wicket win in the first clash before being humbled with a ten-wicket loss four days later.
On March 8 in the ongoing season, the two teams had faced each other for the first time at the Gaddafi Stadium with Lahore winning by eight wickets. Batting first, Karachi posted a challenging 187 but lack of discipline with the ball cost them two points.
KRK vs LHQ Head to Head Stats
Karachi Kings vs Lahore Qalandars Betting Odds
Karachi Kings begin as favorites to win this semi-final match of the Pakistan Super League 2020 at odds of 1.80 with Betway, 1.72 with Bet365 and 1.74 with 10CRIC. Lahore Qalandars are outsiders for this match and are being offered at a higher price of 1.95 with Betway, 2.10 with Bet365 and 2.05 with 10CRIC.
KRK Betway Odds
KRK to Win the Match: Karachi Kings are 1.80 favorites with Betway to win this semi-final match.
KRK Top Batsman: Babar Azam is 2.50 with Betway to be the top batsman for Karachi Kings in this match. Sharjeel Khan is 4 while Cameron Delport and Chadwick Walton have been priced at 4.33 and 5.50 respectively.
KRK Top Bowler: Waqas Maqsood is 4.50 with Betway to bag the best bowling figures for Karachi Kings in this match. Usama Mir is 5 while Ali Khan and Arshad Iqbal have both been priced at 5.50.
LHQ Betway Odds
LHQ to Win the Match: Lahore Qalandars are 1.95 underdogs with Betway to win this match.
LHQ Top Batsman: Fakhar Zaman is 4.25 with Betway to score the most runs for Lahore Qalandars in this match while Salman Butt and Sohail Akhtar are both 4.33. Ben Dunk has been priced at 4.50.
LHQ Top Bowler: Pacers Haris Rauf and Shaheen Afridi are both 4 with Betway to be the top bowlers for Lahore Qalandars in this match. Dilbar Hussain is being offered at odds of 5 and so is Usman Shinwari.
KRK Bet365 Odds
KRK to Win the Match: Karachi Kings are favorites at odds of 1.72 with Bet365 to beat Lahore Qalandars.
KRK batsman to score a fifty: Sharjeel Khan is 3.75 with Bet365 to smash a fifty in this game while his opening partner Babar Azam is 2.75.
LHQ Bet365 Odds
LHQ to Win the Match: Lahore Qalandars are underdogs at odds of 2.10 with Bet365 to beat Karachi Kings.
LHQ batsman to score a fifty: Fakhar Zaman is 3.75 with Bet365 to score 50 or more runs in this semi-final match against Karachi Kings.
KRK 10CRIC Odds
KRK to Win the Match: 10CRIC has Karachi Kings as favorites to win this match at odds of 1.74.
KRK Highest Opening Partnership: Karachi Kings are 1.86 with 10CRIC to produce the highest opening partnership of the match.
LHQ 10CRIC Odds
LHQ to Win the Match: Lahore Qalandars are underdogs at 2.05 with 10CRIC to win this match.
LHQ Highest Opening Partnership: 10CRIC is offering a price of 1.90 on Lahore Qalandars to produce the highest opening partnership of the match.
Karachi Kings vs Lahore Qalandars Prediction
Lahore Qalandars are coming off a clinical nine-wicket win over Multan Sultans while Karachi Kings lost all their momentum in their last game with a five-wicket loss to Quetta Gladiators. The Qalandars have won four of their previous five encounters and that should give them confidence. However, they will be without the likes of Chris Lynn and David Wiese which will hurt their chances of advancing to the final. The Kings have the psychological advantage of having thrashed the Sohail Akhtar-led Qalandars last week and we feel they are better placed to win again.
Back Karachi Kings to beat Lahore Qalandars at 1.80 with Betway, 1.72 with Bet365 and 1.74 with 10CRIC.
Our Dream11 team for this PSL 2020 semi-final match has five players from Karachi Kings and six from Lahore Qalandars.
We have preferred Lahore's Ben Dunk over Karachi's Mohammad Rizwan as the wicketkeeper in our team. The former is among the tournament's leading run-scorer and bats higher up the order as well. Dunk is available for 9.5 credits.
Babar Azam has been priced at 11 credits but is worth picking due to the kind of form he has showcased in this year's Pakistan Super League. The Karachi captain is topping the runs chart and should be picked. We have also added Sharjeel Khan and Fakhar Zaman at 9 and 9.5 credits respectively.
Cameron Delport, Mohammad Hafeez and Samit Patel are the three all-rounders we have selected for our Dream11 team. Hafeez is available for 9 credits while the other two have been priced at 8.5 credits. Patel is a very good choice as he has a half-century with the bat and has taken nine wickets with the ball as well.
Picking Shaheen Afridi is a no-brainer. He has been among the most threatening bowlers in the tournament and is likely to take wickets in this match as well. Afridi is available for 9 credits. We have also included Arshad Iqbal at 8 credits along with Usama Mir and Haris Rauf for 8.5 each.
We have picked Babar Azam as the captain of our Dream11 team.
We have picked Cameron Delport as the vice-captain of our Dream11 team.
KRK vs LHQ Dream11 Team Prediction
Batsmen:Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman
All Rounder:Cameron Delport (vc), Mohammad Hafeez, Samit Patel
Wicket Keeper:Ben Dunk
Bowler:Usama Mir, Arshad Iqbal, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf