Date: 14th June, 2021
Time: 9:30 PM (IST)
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
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Karachi Kings didn’t make the best of starts to the second leg of PSL 2021 in Abu Dhabi. Karachi Kings are placed at the 4th position in the points table with 3 wins and 3 losses from 6 matches of the league. The team is with 6 points. Islamabad United are placed at the 2nd spot with 8 points in the Pakistan Super League 2021 points table with 4 wins and 2 losses from 6 matches of the league. In their last meeting, the Islamabad United beat the Karachi Kings by five wickets.
Islamabad United pacer Hasan Ali has withdrawn from the ongoing 2021 edition of the Pakistan Super League. He has returned to Pakistan due to family commitments. There aren’t any reported injury concerns from either team.
Head to Head
Islamabad United– 9
Karachi Kings- 6
Colin Munro- The New Zealand batsman has been in fine form in the tournament. His explosive batting approach will be enough to ring alarm bells in the opposition dugout. Munro is the top run-scorer for Islamabad United with 101 runs at a strike rate of 234. He has struck 13 fours and 6 sixes. The Islamabad United side will hope Munro continues in the same manner and creates a sense of panic among the opposition forcing them to try different things and make more errors in the process.
Babar Azam- Pakistan skipper Babar Azam has arguably been the standout batsman for the Karachi Kings in the tournament. He scored in the 80s last time around and showed decent form, though his team couldn’t get over the line. Azam is the top run-scorer for Karachi Kings with 343 runs at a strike rate of 137. He has struck 33 fours and 9 sixes. With four fifties, the onus will again be on him to guide the Kings.
Mohammad Wasim Jr - Mohammad Wasim Jr had a great game in the last match, and now would be eager to continue on the good work. In Hasan Ali’s absence, the speedster has to lead the pace bowling unit. In six games, Wasim has picked as many wickets at an economy rate of 6.31. He has been a great bank for the captain which he can turn to when in a crunch situation. Watch out for the young all-rounder in a team with some real firepower.
Probable Playing XI:
Islamabad United- Colin Munro, Usman Khawaja, Hussain Talat, Rohail Nazir (wk), Shadab Khan (c), Iftikhar Ahmed, Asif Ali, Muhammad Musa, Ali Khan, Akif Javed, Mohammad Wasim Jr
Karachi Kings- Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Martin Guptill, Najibullah-Zadran, Chadwick Walton (wk), Thisara Perera, Imad Wasim (c), Qasim Akram, Mohammad Amir, Arshad Iqbal, Waqas Maqsood