Karachi Kings vs Islamabad United, PSL 2021
Islamabad United and Karachi Kings will be bidding to back up their opening win when they face each other in the Pakistan Super League. United take on the defending champions at the National Stadium, Karachi, on February 24, and the live-action starts at 19:00 local time.
Islamabad United finished the pile last season, but they started this season by chasing 151 to beat Multan Sultans. Lewis Gregory hit 49* from 31 balls after Mohammad Wasim had taken 3-29 in a three-wicket victory.
Karachi Kings started their title defense with a dominant display, meanwhile. Arshad Iqbal’s 3-16 set the tone against Quetta Gladiators as they bowled them out for just 121. In reply, Joe Clarke’s 23-ball 46 set the tone, and the Kings claimed a 7-wicket win with 6.1 overs still to bowl.
KK vs IU Live streaming
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A pacey wicket, favoring quick bowling and quick scoring, is the day’s usual order in Karachi.
Both teams won the toss and elected to field first, and it is highly likely both will be keen to do so again.
More hot, dry, and sunny Karachi weather is in store.
Karachi Kings Team News & Playing 11
KK Team News
Like Islamabad, Karachi Kings could stick with an unchanged team. They have a strong all-round contingent of Mohammad Nabi, Dan Christian, and captain Imad Wasim. All of them made an impact last time out and ensured the right balance to this line-up.
KK Key Players
- Babar Azam: A patient 24 last time out does not mask the fact he is the key batsman in this tournament – as his tournament-winning performances proved the previous season.
- Imad Wasim: Ended the Big Bash League in wicket-taking form and started this tournament with a wicket in the first over last time out.
- Dan Christian: A serial winner when it comes to franchise T20 cricket, and he took a tidy 1-12 from his 2 overs last time out.
KK Team Form
Karachi Kings beat Lahore Qalandars to claim last season’s PSL title and started this year’s tournament in dominant form too. There were several good bowling performances as they carted Quetta Gladiators for 121 – Arshad Iqbal’s 3-16 the figures’ pick, before Joe Clarke smashed 46 from 23 balls to make light work of the chase. Karachi needed just 13.5 overs to seal a 7-wicket win.
Karachi Kings Predicted Playing 11
Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Joe Clarke (wk), Colin Ingram, Imad Wasim (c), Mohammad Nabi, Dan Christian, Aamer Yamin, Mohammad Amir, Waqas Maqsood, Arshad Iqbal
Islamabad United Team News & Playing 11
IU Team News
Islamabad opted to open with Phil Salt and Alex Hales last time out in PSL 2021. Late replacement Paul Stirling may have to be patient as he waits for his opportunity, as United could stick with an unchanged team. Mohammad Wasim took three wickets on his T20 debut.
IU Key Players
- Alex Hales: Hit 29 from 20 balls last time out, but it will not be long before he makes a huge impact at the top of the order if he retains his recent BBL form.
- Lewis Gregory: Two wickets and a vital unbeaten 49 from 31 balls meant the English all-rounder was an easy choice for the man of the match.
- Hasan Ali: Opened the bowling and finished with figures of 1-16 as he kept the pressure on with the ball throughout.
IU Team Form
Islamabad United won just three times last season but have already made a winning start to this year’s tournament. Mohammad Wasim took 3-29, and Lewis Gregory 2-31 as they limited Multan Sultans to 150/8 before Gregory’s 49* got them home for a 3-wicket win with an over to spare.
Islamabad United Predicted Playing 11
Alex Hales, Phil Salt (wk), Shadab Khan (c), Hussain Talat, Asif Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Lewis Gregory, Faheem Ashraf, Zafar Gohar, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Wasim
Karachi Kings vs Islamabad United Team Form in Last Five Matches
- KK: W W W L W
- IU: W L L L W
KK vs IU Head to Head
Multan Sultans won both matches against Peshawar Zalmi last season, the 3rd straight year one of these teams has done the double over the other. The Sultans, who also beat Zalmi twice in 2018, have now won four of their head-to-head games, and Zalmi has two wins. Last season, Sohail Tanvir took 4-13 as they bowled Zalmi out for 123 on their way to a 6-wicket win in their first match, before Tanvir took 3-26 in the 2nd fixture as the Sultans defended 154/6 in a thrilling 3-run win.
KK vs IU Head to Head Stats in T20
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Who will win Karachi Kings vs Islamabad United Match?
Karachi Kings have strengthened a winning line-up from last season, with the smart addition of some experienced all-rounders, and their winning start reflects that. They did not just beat Quetta Gladiators last time out. They completely dominated, which is why they are favorites also to see off Islamabad United.
Karachi Kings vs Islamabad United Top Team Batsmen
Having scored a half-century for Karachi against Islamabad last season, Alex Hales is now favorite to be Islamabad United’s top team batsman in this game against his former team. Both Betway and Bet365 have listed the big-hitting Englishman as a favorite. At the same time, Pakistan superstar Babar Azam is the favorite to be Karachi Kings’ top team batsman.
Karachi Kings vs Islamabad United Top Team Bowlers
Islamabad United and Karachi Kings both boast strong bowling line-ups, who found form in the first game. Hasan Ali and Mohammad Amir are the favorites for their respective teams to be top team bowlers. Still, Mohammad Wasim and Arshad Iqbal are reasonable prices with Betway.
Hasan Ali bowled brilliantly last time out, but Mohammad Wasim was the man in the wickets. After his excellent debut, he could be worth backing with Betway and Bet365 to be Islamabad United’s top team bowler. Arshad Iqbal was the top man for Karachi Kings, and Imad Wasim is in good wicket-taking form.
Karachi Kings vs Islamabad United Match Prediction
Karachi Kings started the tournament in winning form, and they can make it two from two with another similar performance in this game.
KK vs IU Dream11 Prediction
Alex Hales, Babar Azam, Colin Ingram
Lewis Gregory, Mohammad Wasim, Mohammad Nabi, Imad Wasim
Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Arshad Iqbal
Captain – Vice Captain
Lewis Gregory (C), Babar Azam (VC)