PSL 15 - Islamabad United - Karachi Kings
The Kings have played like the royals they are named. Winning three out of four matches, they top the table with 7 points and a run rate of +0.8750. Following them is Team Multan Sultans, the surprise package of the tournament. Making their debut with a big splash, this team made a name for themselves the moment they defeated the defending champions. Peshawar Zalmi, the defending champs follow closely with the same number of wins and a slightly lower run rate. Just slightly. Multan Sultans’ one match got rained out giving them an extra point. Bet Zalmi not really pleased about it. Lahore Qalandars, five losses from five matches, probably do not know what to think at this point.
Today’s match is between table topper Karachi Kings and Islamabad United, one above the last. There is definitely hope for Islamabad United. They just need to get it together.
They have everything going for them now. And then you have Shahid Afridi. Babar Azam. Joe Denly. Colin Ingram. R Bopara. Bowlers - Mills, Amir, and Wasim. This is a team that is firing on all cylinders. Afridi will be missed but not too much.
They are not likely to change the playing eleven.
Playing XI: Ravi Bopara, Khurram Manzoor, Mohammad Amir, Joe Denly, Colin Ingram, Tymal Mills, Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Usman Khan, Imad Wasim (c), Mohammad Irfan Jnr
Bench:Shahid Afridi, Lendl Simmons, Eoin Morgan, David Wiese, Tabish Khan, Saifullah Bangash, Hasan Mohsin, Usama Mir, Mohammad Taha
They might be doing so hot but there are a few players they can count on. JP Duminy. M Sami. Luke Ronchi. Andre Russell. To name a few.They will miss Raees. He should be back for the next match. Islamabad United cannot be discounted. They do have what it takes to get back on top. Today’s match will be crucial for them.
Playing XI:Mohammad Sami, Luke Ronchi (wk), Chadwick Walton, Steven Finn, Andre Russell, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Rumman Raees (c), Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Sahibzada Farhan
Bench:Misbah-ul-Haq, Samit Patel, Samuel Badree, Zafar Gohar, Amad Butt, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Hasan, Rohail Nazir
What do you think?