In a much anticipated encounter at the National Stadium, the Kings will gather once again to confirm their place in the semi-finals of the tournament by ending the journey of Islamabad United. The red hot army led by Shadab Khan is sitting at the 2nd last position in the points table with just 7 points to their name.
However, a victory against Karachi Kings will take them to 9 points and they will automatically make themselves eligible for the semi-finals provided that the Qalandars lose their next game to Sultans.
For Karachi, it is extremely important to win this encounter as it will almost confirm their place in the top-four. Also, the Kings still have a chance to qualify for the semi-finals even after losing to Islamabad.
They still have a game left against the Quetta Gladiators at their home and they can potentially take themselves to the top by winning both of their remaining matches against Quetta and Islamabad.
Right now, the Imad Wasim led Kings are sitting confidently after thumping the Qalandars with a 10-wicket victory and they’re gearing up for their important clash against the two-time champion team.
However, the team from Sindh will surely miss the services of Alex Hales as he has decided to depart early because of the global situation.
Meanwhile, four players of Islamabad United are going back because of Covid-19. Luke Ronchi, Colin Munro, Dale Steyn and Dawid Malan are all going back and their departures will hit United very hard as it is a potential quarter final for Islamabad.
All five teams except for Sultans have a chance to qualify for the semi-finals and the chances of Quetta, Lahore and Islamabad are only dependent on their next match. The Karachi Kings are going to go with the same side except for Alex Hales and we are liiely to see Cameron Delport coming into the playing XI inplace of the aggressive Englishman.
However, it would be interesting to see how the playing XI of Islamabad United shapes up after the departures of their four overseas players. Phil Salt is likely to come in for his first match of the season.
Karachi Kings Probable Playing XI:
Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Cameron Delport, Chadwick Walton, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim (c), Arshad Iqbal, Mohammad Amir, Umer Khan/Usama Mir, Umaid Asif, Chris Jordan.
Islamabad United Probable Playing XI:
Phil Salt, Colin Ingram, Rizwan Hussain, Shadab Khan (c), Asif Ali, Amad Butt, Faheem Ashraf, Zafar Gohar, Hussain Talat, Rumman Raees, Ahmed Safi Abdullah