Islamabad United will be looking to make a winning start to the season as the Karachi Kings host them on Thursday at National Stadium in Karachi.
Karachi’s opening match, played against the Peshawar Zalmi, was a high-scoring encounter where Karachi fell achingly short of the target. Chasing a mammoth 200 to win, Karachi was 4 wickets down with just 46 runs on the board. However, Shoaib Malik and captain Imad Wasim put up a brilliant partnership of 131 runs to get their team within touching distance of victory. However, the Zalmi bowlers held their nerve right till the end to deny the hosts a famous win, as they fell short by just 2 runs. The Karachi Kings will be banking on Matthew Wade to give them a good start, while Haider Ali and Qasim Akram will be expected to score runs in the middle order.The bowling looks good with the presence of Andrew Tye and Mohammad Amir in the seam department, while Imran Tahir will head the spin department
Led by Shadab Khan, Islamabad United has one of the strongest batting line-ups in the PSL. Alex Hales will be playing for the franchise for a fifth season and the team will be having high hopes for him after seeing his recent exploits in the ILT20.e is likely to be joined by Paul Stirling at the top of the order, while Asif Ali, Rassie van der Dussen, and Azam Khan will lend strength to the middle order.Islamabad United have two excellent all-rounders in the form of Moeen Ali and Tom Curran and will be banking on them to put up some match-winning performances with the bat as well as the ball. However, Moeen Ali is expected to join the squad only in the later half of the season.
PITCH AND CONDITIONS
The National Stadium in Karachi has an excellent track to bat on and has hosted quite a few high-scoring matches in the past. The average first-inning score here is around 170 but the team batting first will be looking to score over 190 to give their bowlers some headway. The weather is expected to be cloudy with a pleasant temperature.
KK VS IU TOSS PREDICTION
The team winning the toss will be looking to bowl first here.
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