PSL2023 is now live, with teams attempting to find the right balance and depth with the perfect playing XI as soon as possible. Last season, Islamabad United lost in the qualifier 2 game and will look to win the PSL trophy this season. Karachi Kings finished last season with the wooden spoon and lost their first match this season as well.
The 4th Match between Karachi Kings vs Islamabad United will take place on February 16th, 2023 at National Stadium, Karachi.
Match Details to Note
Match: Karachi Kings vs Islamabad United, 4th Match, Pakistan Super League, 2023
Date: February 16, 2023 (Thursday)
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: National Stadium, Karachi
In the massive 200+ run chase, Karachi Kings were struggling at 46/4 at the end of the powerplay. Shoaib Malik (52 runs off 34 balls) and Imad Wasim (80 runs off 47 balls) led their fightback with a 131-run partnership, but they were unable to hold their nerves in a tense situation and lost the match by just two runs.
In the previous game, Karachi Kings bowlers allowed 199 runs in 20 overs. Mir Hamza and Andrew Tye bowled economically under 8 RPO and each took a wicket in the previous game. In the match, Imran Tahir, Ben Cutting, Mohammad Amir, and Imad Wasim all went for runs at over 10 RPO.
Matthew Wade(w), Sharjeel Khan, Haider Ali, Qasim Akram, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim(c), Ben Cutting, Andrew Tye, Imran Tahir, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Amir, Tabraiz Shamsi, Aamer Yamin, Irfan Khan, James Fuller, Mohammad Umar, Muhammad Akhlaq, Tayyab Tahir
Players to watch out for:
The 41-year-old showed off his ability in Match 2 by slamming 52 runs off 32 balls, including two sixes and four boundaries.
The marquee all-rounder maintained his impressive form in Match 2 by not only forming a consistent partnership with Shoaib Malik but also scoring 80 runs in just 47 balls, smashing 7 boundaries and four sixes.
With the National Cricket Stadium in Karachi potentially aiding spinners, Imran Tahir’s experience will be critical for KK in Match 4.
Possible Playing XI:
Mathew Wade, Sharjeel Khan, Haider Ali, Imad Wasim, Shoaib Malik, Ben Cutting, Mir Hamza, Andrew Tye, Tabraiz Shamsi, Mohammad Amir
Shadab Khan, Pakistan’s star all-rounder, will captain Islamabad United. Moeen Ali, Asif Ali, Colin Munro, and Azam Khan are expected to bat in the middle order alongside their skipper, with Paul Stirling and Alex Hales expected to open the batting. Mohammad Wasim Jr. and Faheem Ashraf will provide depth in the lower order as all-rounders.
They have a strong pace attack led by Mohammad Wasim Jr, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, and Rumaan Raees. Afghanistan pacer Fazalhaq Farooqi will give the pace unit an international flavour. Abrar Ahmed and Shadab Khan, the latest sensations, will handle their spin department.
Alex Hales, Paul Stirling, Sohaib Maqsood, Asif Ali, Colin Munro, Azam Khan(w), Shadab Khan(c), Mubasir Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Hasan Ali, Rumman Raees, Abrar Ahmed, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Zeeshan Zameer, Hassan Nawaz
Players to watch out for:
As one of the most experienced batters in this batting lineup, this English top-order batsman will be crucial in helping Islamabad United get off to a good start.
Azam Khan has scored 284 runs in his last ten games, averaging 31 runs per innings and a strike rate of 144.16.
Given that the National Cricket Stadium has something to offer spinners, the Indiana University captain will be in charge of taking crucial wickets in the middle overs.
Possible Playing XI:
Shadab Khan, Azam Khan, Alex Hales, Moeen Ali, Asif Ali, Colin Munro,Mohammad Wasim Jr, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Abrar Ahmed, Shoaib Maqsood
Karachi Kings vs Islamabad United Head to Head
The Karachi Kings have lost their last four matches to Islamabad United and have been brutally dominated by the latter in their head-to-head record.
Karachi Kings vs Islamabad United Head to Head Stats in T20s
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Karachi Kings vs Islamabad United Toss Prediction
Chasing will be the best option here, with chasing teams winning the majority of matches. Early in the game, the pitch will be spiced up.
Karachi Kings vs Islamabad United Pitch Report
The previous match had a total of 396 runs, with both teams scoring 195+ runs. In this match, we anticipate an average score of 160-170 runs.
The pitch in Karachi is primarily batter-friendly, with plenty of runs available. The pitch is occasionally double-paced, with uneven bounce in some areas. The weather is expected to be cool and breezy, with some rain showers.
Karachi Kings vs Islamabad United Prediction
Islamabad United have a strong batting lineup that includes a number of experienced players. They have a strong bowling attack with a variety of pace options and a strong spinner duo in Shadab and Abrar. The top order batters in Karachi have been inconsistent, and they nearly chased big scores in their last match. Their bowling lacks experience and appears to be doomed on paper. We believe Islamabad United will win this game. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!
Islamabad United is the favourite to beat Karachi Kings at the odds of 1.67.
Karachi Kings vs Islamabad United Most Recommended Player for Bet:
Alex Hales will look to get Islamabad United off to a fast start at the top of the batting order, having scored 250 runs in his last seven games at an average of 35 runs per innings.