Hello and welcome to the first real knockout game of PSL 4. The winner lives to see another day, the loser goes home. Simple ain’t it? Well, not for both these sides. One’s a defending champion while the other is playing in front of their home crowd. Who will handle the pressure better? Let’s find out together as we build up to the first ball. Should be a cracker.
Islamabad XI: Luke Ronchi, Alex Hales, Chadwick Walton, Cameron Delport, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Rumman Raees, Mohammad Sami, Mohammad Musa
Karachi XI: Imad Wasim, Colin Ingram, Colin Munro, Babar Azam, Liam Livingstone, Ben Dunk, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Amir, Amir Yamin, Usman Shinwari, Umer Khan
6.30pm Toss: Karachi win and opt to bat.
Imad: It’s a knockout game, always good to have runs on the board. Our openers are one of the best in the world. Atmosphere is electrifying.” Yamin in, Sohail out.
Sami: “Great crowd, everyone will play 100% today. Our bowling has been a team effort, you need to do well in all three departments though.” Alex Hales is in, Phil Salt is out.
Pitch report: “A brand new wicket, and should be solid for batting. Field first,” says Jonty Rhodes. Honestly, I’d disagree irrespective of the type of surface. Always bat first if you can in a knockout game.
Abdul Farooqi: “It will be a real test of Shadab Khan’s leadership and captaincy today. Good luck to IU!”
Must read: The Shane Watson interview, where he says ‘Fast-bowling depth in Pakistan is incredible’.
Rizwan Sattar: “Definitely It should be cracker today, @sohaib bhutta I agree with you because Islamabad United had a very good record in those occasions. today prediction is Karachi Kings wins because of its recent excellent performances.”
JK: “The only advantage Kings have is the home crowd. Unlike Zalmi and Gladiators, it will be undivided support and might favor them. One man show might not work for them this time. Come on Kings!”
Sohaib Bhutta: “I believe that ISLU is use to in playing pressure game at knockout stages. This will definitely help them on this occasion.”