Karachi Kings vs Lahore Qalandars 2nd Semi Final
- Lahore Qalandars have won four of their last five matches including the nine-wicket win over Multan Sultans last time out.
- Lahore Qalandars will be greatly affected by the departure of Chris Lynn, David Wiese and Seekkuge Prasanna.
- Karachi Kings have beaten Lahore Qalandars six times out of ten in the Pakistan Super League.
Karachi Kings vs Lahore Qalandars 2nd SF Match Prediction, PSL 2020
The second semi-final of the Pakistan Super League 2020 will see Karachi Kings face-off against Lahore Qalandars. This penultimate match of the tournament will be played on March 17 at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Live telecast is scheduled to begin at 7 PM local time.
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Seven out of the nine completed matches, including the last four straight, played at this ground this PSL season have been won by the side batting second. And since the pitch is unlikely to change after the first-half of the game, the toss-winning team will most probably prefer chasing.
Weather is expected to remain clear throughout the day with chances of rain being slim to none. It will be slightly cool in the evening with temperatures likely to be around 22 degrees Celsius during the game. Light winds could blow from the west.
The Gaddafi Stadium has seen plenty of runs being scored in this year's Pakistan Super League. 180+ has been achieved here on ten occasions which shows how good the pitch has been for batting. Expect another high-scoring thriller on Tuesday.
Karachi Kings Team News & Playing 11
KRK Team News
Karachi Kings made as many as four changes to their side in Sunday's five-wicket loss to Quetta Gladiators. Mohammad Rizwan replaced skipper Imad Wasim who did not feature in the team's eleven last time which led to Babar Azam making his captaincy debut in the PSL. Chris Jordan, Chris Jordan and Mohammad Amir too were left out and replaced by Umer Khan, Ali Khan and Waqas Maqsood. Meanwhile, New Zealand pace bowler Mitchell McClenaghan has opted out of the remainder of the tournament amid the increased Coronavirus threat. The Kings have not announced any replacement for McClenaghan as of now.
KRK Key Players
Babar Azam: The new skipper is leading the PSL 2020 runs chart with 345 runs at an average of 49.28. Babar has cracked three fifties in the tournament, one of which came against Lahore Qalandars last week - an unbeaten 69 off 46 balls.
Sharjeel Khan: The left-handed opener is having an impressive strike-rate of 144.20 this season. He blasted an unbeaten 74 off 59 balls in the recent ten-wicket win over Lahore Qalandars and will look to play a similar knock in this knockout game.
Arshad Iqbal: He has done a pretty decent job with the ball for Karachi Kings. The fast bowler has taken five wickets in as many matches and picked up a couple of wickets in the last game against Quetta Gladiators.
KRK Team Form
Karachi Kings have finished second on the PSL 2020 points table with five wins, four losses and a no-result from their ten league games. Since sharing points with Multan Sultans a couple of weeks ago, they have played four matches out of which they have won two and lost as many. The Kings suffered a five-wicket defeat at the hands of defending champions Quetta Gladiators last time out in what was the final league-stage game of the tournament.
Karachi Kings Predicted Playing 11
Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam (c), Iftikhar Ahmed, Cameron Delport, Chadwick Walton, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Usama Mir, Arshad Iqbal, Umer Khan, Ali Khan, Waqas Maqsood
Lahore Qalandars Team News & Playing 11
LHQ Team News
Lahore Qalandars have received a major blow to their hopes of making their first-ever PSL final as few of their foreign players have decided to return to their respective countries in the wake of the pandemic Coronavirus outbreak. Australia's Chris Lynn, South Africa's David Wiese and Sri Lanka's Seekkuge Prasanna are among the players who have pulled out of the remainder of the tournament. With Lynn gone, the Qalandars might bring in Salman Butt to partner Fakhar Zaman at the top of the order.
LHQ Key Players
Ben Dunk: He is among the tournament's leading run-getters having scored 266 runs in 8 matches. The left-handed top-order batsman is averaging 53.20 and is having an excellent strike-rate of 186.01. Dunk has a couple of fifties to his name including the 99 not-out in the reverse encounter against Karachi Kings.
Fakhar Zaman: The opener has struck two half-centuries in his previous three innings - 63 against Peshawar Zalmi last week and 57 against Multan Sultans in the last match. He will look to take the team off to a flier in this semi-final.
Shaheen Afridi: The left-arm quick is one of the season's best performers with the ball. He has notched up 13 wickets in 9 matches at an economy of 7.02. Afridi even picked a four-fer earlier in the tournament against Islamabad United at this very ground.
LHQ Team Form
With five wins and as many losses and with ten points in the bag, Lahore Qalandars have ended up third on the leaderboard with the conclusion of the league phase. They made a poor start to the tournament, losing their first three fixture on the bounce. But they turned things around thereafter and they now have four wins from their last five encounters. Lahore's previous match was on Sunday at this very ground against Multan Sultans whom they beat quite comfortably by a nine-wicket margin.
Lahore Qalandars Predicted Playing 11
Fakhar Zaman, Salman Butt, Sohail Akhtar (c), Ben Dunk (wk), Mohammad Hafeez, Samit Patel, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Raja Farzan, Dilbar Hussain, Usman Shinwari
KRK vs LHQ Head to Head
Karachi Kings and Lahore Qalandars have faced each other 10 times in the Pakistan Super League with the former leading the scoreline 6-4.
Both have won four times each in the previous eight encounters. Earlier this month, Lahore Qalandars registered an eight-wicket win in the first clash before being humbled with a ten-wicket loss four days later.
On March 8 in the ongoing season, the two teams had faced each other for the first time at the Gaddafi Stadium with Lahore winning by eight wickets. Batting first, Karachi posted a challenging 187 but lack of discipline with the ball cost them two points.
KRK vs LHQ Head to Head Stats
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