8.03.2020, 19:30 IST
Gaddafi Stadium (Lahore)
Lahore Qalandars Team News & FormAs Lahore are dead last with one win and four defeats, the outcome of their match against Quetta will most likely have pretty sizable repercussions on their match against Karachi - 5 losses means they will almost certainly be out of contention for the playoffs. Part of a trio of teams who have never played a PSL final, they desperately need to switch their game up if they intend to change that. To that effect, star batsmen Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Hafeez will have to find consistency, the middle order needs to contribute better, and the bowlers also must show some improvement.
Karachi Kings Preview & FormJustifiably feeling cheated of an important point after Multan’s escape, Imad Wasim’s men must keep their temperament as they face off against the side currently bottom of the table. With two wins and a no result coming into this, though, they should be reasonably happy. English middle-order hard-hitter Alex Hales looks to be in solid form, as does local powerhouse Babar Azam. With some swing magic from veteran Mohammad Amir, they can still make it into the playoffs - especially since they have 3 wins and a tie out of their last 5 PSL matches against Lahore.
Lahore Qalandars vs Karachi Kings Prediction and Betting TipsAfter last-place finishes in every iteration of the PSL so far, Lahore will be desperate to shake off their curse. A lot depends on the result of their ongoing battle with Quetta, but if the Qalandars do win it, they might just go on to beat the Kings as well. Either way, expect Fakhar and Ben Dunk to continue his form and Hafeez to find it, while locals Shaheen Afridi and Dilbar Hussain bowl well.
After losing out in the playoffs to Islamabad at PSL 2019, Karachi will be looking to improve on last year’s record. With their recent resurgence, they have brought such a feat reasonably within the realm of possibility, but will need to see it through. In pursuit of that, expect Babar to again prove why he’s the hottest batsman in Pakistan right now, and Hales to support him. Among the bowlers, no prizes for guessing that Amir is favored to bowl well, though English quick Chris Jordan might also do well.
Who will win the 23rd Match?Match Prediction: Lahore Qalandars To Win (2.15 @ 1XBET)
Other Betting Tips:
- Toss - Karachi Kings
- LQ top batsman – F Zaman
- KK top batsman – B Azam
- Players with most boundaries - F Zaman (LQ), B Azam (KK)
- Players to score a fifty – F Zaman/Ben Dunk (LQ), B Azam/A Hales (KK)
- Players to take most wickets - S Afridi (LQ), M Amir (KK)
- Most fours - LQ
- Most sixes - LQ
Will the Qalandars finally break their curse? Or will Karachi beat them yet again to continue their unbeaten streak? Find out on Sunday!