The 23rd match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 will be played between Lahore Qalandars and Karachi Kings at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
The match will start at 7:00 PM local time (2:00 PM GMT) (7:30 PM IST). This match will be live on DSport in India.
Preview for Dream11 Fantasy
We are heading to the business end of the tournament. While three teams have four games each left, the other three teams have just two games left. Lahore Qalandars and Karachi Kings are among the three that have played only six games. Both of those teams are in the bottom half of the table.
Lahore Qalandars lost three games in a row to start their campaign for the 2020 season. However, they are suddenly looking good at the moment. They have registered a couple of comprehensive wins over Quetta Gladiators which will give them confidence. They might be at the bottom of the points table but only a couple of wins away from entering the top three or top four.
Meanwhile, Karachi Kings have been building some nice momentum in the last few games. After beating Peshawar Zalmi in their first game, the Kings lost a couple of games on the bounce before winning two on the trot. And just when they were in a good position against the Multan Sultans, rain played spoilsport. Thus, with seven points, they are currently fourth. A win in this game could even take them to the second spot.
The weather in Lahore is going to be slightly cloudy in the evening. But there is no rain predicted and it is expected to stay clear. The temperatures will be in the high teens and low 20s. Humidity will range from 60 to 75%.
The last game saw the pitch turn and bounce. The spinners ran riot in a low-scoring affair. However, usually, the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore has produced some good batting tracks. The average score this season at this venue has been around 165 but chasing teams have had more success.
Average first innings score – 165 (from six completed games in this PSL at this venue)
Record of the chasing teams: Won 4; Lost 2; Tie/No Result – 1
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Probable Playing XIs
Probable XI: Fakhar Zaman, Dane Vilas (wk), Mohammad Hafeez, Ben Dunk, Samit Patel, Sohail Akhtar (c), David Wiese, Shaheen Afridi, Salman Irshad, Dilbar Hussain, Raja Farzan
Bench: Jaahid Ali, Usman Shinwari, Seekkuge Prasanna, Muhammad Faizan, Salman Butt, Chris Lynn
Probable XI: Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Alex Hales, Chadwick Walton (wk), Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim (c), Chris Jordan, Mitchell McClenaghan, Umer Khan, Aamer Yamin, Mohammad Amir
Bench: Awais Zia, Umaid Asif, Mohammad Rizwan, Cameron Delport, Usama Mir, Ali Khan, Arshad Iqbal
Ben Dunk has been in top form for the Lahore Qalandars. He’s been striking the ball beautifully and has made 151 runs from four innings. He has a strike-rate of nearly 180. Shaheen Afridi has been brilliant with the ball. He has picked up eight wickets from five games and has been the leader of the attack.
Samit Patel ripped through the Quetta Gladiators side with a spell of 4/5. He’s been bowling well overall as well and can chip in with the bat too. There’s little doubt that Babar Azam will be among the top picks for Karachi Kings. His form was scratchy for a couple of games but he’s roared back into form. Mohammad Amir has been bowling well too and has taken nine wickets from six games.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Babar Azam, Ben Dunk
Vice-captain Options – Samit Patel, Alex Hales, Mohammad Hafeez
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Ben Dunk
Batsmen – Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam (C), Alex Hales
All-Rounders – Mohammad Hafeez, Samit Patel (VC), Imad Wasim
Bowlers – Shaheen Afridi, Dilbar Hussain, Mohammad Amir, Chris Jordan
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Ben Dunk, Chadwick Walton
Batsmen – Sohail Akhtar, Babar Azam (C), Alex Hales
All-Rounders – Mohammad Hafeez (VC), Samit Patel, Imad Wasim
Bowlers – Shaheen Afridi, Chris Jordan, Salman Irshad
It may be crucial to pack your side with all-rounders and top-order batsman as they are likely to fetch more points. The user can go in with a combination of 2-3-3-3 or 1-3-3-4.
Karachi Kings are expected to win this game.