In the 4th match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2023, Karachi Kings will take on Islamabad United in Karachi on Wednesday.
The Kings had started off their tournament with a loss by only 2 runs against Peshawar Zalmi on Tuesday at this venue. Shoaib Malik his 52 runs while skipper Imad Wasim smashed 80 (47), but the Kings still fell a little short of the 200-run target after they had been reduced to 46/4.
Karachi Kings have all their overseas players available.
Islamabad United won 4 out of 10 games last season but still managed to qualify for the playoffs on NRR. They won the first Eliminator but bowed out in the second Eliminator. Islamabad United look a strong team on paper, especially with their overseas batters.
For Islamabad United, Moeen Ali and Rahmanullah Gurbaz are unavailable for today’s match against Karachi Kings.
The Head Coach of Islamabad United, Azhar Mahmood, has confirmed that among overseas players only Paul Stirling, Colin Munro, Tom Curran, Rassie van der Dussen and Gus Atkinson are available for selection in this game.
KAR vs ISL: Pitch report
The pitch in the National Stadium in Karachi is full of runs, as was vindicated in the first match here this season when Karachi scored 197 runs chasing 200. The average first innings score in the last five T20 matches at the National Stadium has been 190 runs.
9 of the 10 wickets to fall in that game went to the pacers.
KAR vs ISL Playing XIs:
Karachi Kings probable XI:
Sharjeel Khan, Matthew Wade (wk), Haider Ali, Shoaib Malik, Qasim Akram, Ben Cutting, Imad Wasim (c), Andrew Tye, Imran Tahir, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Amir
Islamabad United probable XI:
Paul Stirling, Hassan Nawaz, C Munro, Rassie van der Dussen, Shadab Khan (c), Asif Ali, Azam Khan (wk), Faheem Ashraf, Tom Curran/Fazalhaq Farooqi, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Wasim
KS vs ISL Dream 11 Fantasy cricket tips:
Since the game is taking place in Karachi, pack your Dream 11 team with batters and all-rounders. In the bowling section, you can drop leg-spinner Imran Tahir and go with a pacer.