Series : Pakistan Super League 2019
Match: 5th Match
Date: 16th February 2019,Saturday
Time: 8 PM Local Time
Venue: Dubai International Stadium, Dubai
Lahore Qalandars were in with a great chance of winning their first match of this edition’s Pakistan Super League . However, the team, captained by the experienced Mohammad Hafeez, was defeated by defending champions Islamabad United by five wickets. The Qalandars got the better of their opponent, both during batting and bowling, but couldn’t be consistent enough to win the encounter.
The middle-order, which failed terribly in that game, will have to be worked around a bit. With so many top-order batsmen, it is quite a hectic task to fit all of them in. The management will look to find a solution to eradicate the chinks. The batting line-up of the Karachi Kings looks dangerous and this game has the ingredients to entertain the fans a great deal on Saturday.
The Kings, on the other hand, were involved in a closely-fought encounter against Multan Sultans in their first match. The Imad Wasim-led team held its nerve and managed to get over the line by seven runs. Both the Qalandars and Kings are scheduled to lock horns tomorrow in the second of tomorrow’s doubleheader in Dubai. In their last meeting, the Qalandars came out trumps in a one-over eliminator.
Lahore Qalandars- The onus would be on Fakhar Zaman and Sohail Akhtar to give another brisk start. De Villiers would also want to score big after missing out in the last game. Hafeez, Devcich, and Taylor also need to come to the party.Our cricket tips is Hardus Viljoen may come in place of Carlos Brathwaite. Left-arm pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi would be desperate to make amends after being taken apart by the United batsmen.
Probable XI- Fakhar Zaman, Sohail Akhtar, AB de Villiers, Mohammad Hafeez (C), Anton Devcich, Brendan Taylor (WK), Carlos Brathwaite/Hardus Viljoen, Yasir Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Rahat Ali
Karachi Kings- Liam Livingstone and Babar Azam would continue to open the batting and need to carry on with their rich vein of form. Colin Ingram is most likely to bat at number three. Sikandar Raza and Ravi Bopara are the all-rounders. Sohail Khan, Mohammad Amir and Usman Khan Shinwari form the fast bowling troika. Umer Khan and Imad Wasim are the spinners. Our cricket tips is The latter will be crucial as he hit the ball hard.
Probable XI- Liam Livingstone, Babar Azam, Colin Ingram, Imad Wasim (C), Sikandar Raza, Ravi Bopara, Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Sohail Khan, Mohammad Amir, Usman Shinwari, Umer Khan
Ground and Conditions-The pitch has turned out to be good for batting, especially under the floodlights. Batsmen haven’t quite found it tough despite a high required rate. Batting second has to be a safer option.
Toss- As a night game bowling first will.be a good option. Chasing becomes easier under lights and also bit of dew comes which helps in chasing.
Prediction- Lahore faltered in the last match but expect them to come back strongly. Karachi have great bowling attack so the match will be a close encounter. Our cricket tips is Lahore should win today.