Karachi Kings vs Lahore Qalandars Match Prediction, PSL 2020
Lahore Qalandars are targeting a fourth consecutive win in the 2020 Pakistan Super League, which would lift them to second place in the table. They take on Karachi Kings, who they beat last week, at the National Stadium, Karachi, on March 12 and the live action starts at 19:00 local time.
Lahore chased 188 thanks to Ben Dunk’s 99* from 40 balls when these teams last met, while Fakhar Zaman (63) and Chris Lynn (59) starred last time out as they again chased 188 – this time to beat Peshawar Zalmi by five wickets.
Karachi Kings, meanwhile, have Alex Hales in good batting form – and he scored 80* from 48 balls when these teams last met – but the Kings have now won three and lost three this season and sit one place below the Qalandars.
Lahore won the toss and elected to field first in each of their last three matches, so it may be in the Kings’ interest to put them into bat first this time.
Karachi will be warm, clear and sunny on Thursday.
The National Stadium is generally well balanced, offering a good blend between bat and ball.
Karachi Kings lost to Lahore Qalandars in the last match at Lahore defending 187 runs. While Kings are at number 5 in the points table with 3 wins from 7 matches, a win here will take them to number 4. With just 3 matches left for KRK in PSL 2020, every game is crucial to improve their play-offs prospects. Karachi has won 1 of their 2 home matches this season. Their form in the last 5 matches – L W W L L.
Alex Hales has been consistent with the bat at number 3. In addition, Babar Azam and Chadwick Walton have also contributed match-winning scores in their last two wins. Hales had scored 52 in the successful chase against ISU and followed it up with 27-balls 49 runs inning chasing 152 in the next match against PSZ. Hales was unbeaten on 80 off 48 balls in the last match against Qalandars at Lahore while Babar Azam had scores of 38 and 70 in his last two innings.
Chadwick Walton’s 20-balls 45 runs inning was the highlight performance for KRK in the last match. The batting line-up looks solid for KRK going into the next match at home. However, they will be concerned about their bowling attack. Chris Jordan and Imad Wasim were expensive and wicket-less against LHQ as Karachi managed to pick just 2 wickets defending 187 runs.
A win here will make Lahore’s chances of qualifying to the play-offs stronger. While they’re at number 3 with 8 points in 8 matches, Qalandars have the winning momentum on their side. LHQ has won 4 of their last 5 matches. However, all of these were home games, and Qalandars will be playing an away match after a long time. This will be Lahore’s second away game of the season while their 1st was at Rawalpindi which they lost in a rain-reduced match.
While Qalandars defeated Karachi chasing a 188-runs target with Sohail Akhtar (68) and Ben Dunk (99) shining with the bat, they followed it up with another victory chasing a big total. In their last match against Peshawar Zalmi, Fakhar Zaman (63) and Chris Lynn (59) scored fifties helping LHQ chase down 188 runs. Samit Patel and David Wiese scored crucial runs towards the end as Qalandars sealed the game in the last over.
However, like Karachi Kings, Lahore would be concerned about their bowling efforts too. While Shaheen Afridi and Samit Patel bagged 5 wickets among themselves in the last match, Lahore has conceded 180 plus runs in the last two matches. Their bowling efforts weren’t impressive against Karachi Kings at home and hence the bowlers need to step up their game.
Our Prediction for Karachi Kings vs Lahore Qalandars
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Karachi Kings have the home advantage. However, They’ve played just the two matches at home and lost 1. The contest is tight with both teams doing exceptionally well in the batting department. The batsmen are consistently scoring run for both sides. However, the difference will be in the bowling attack. While Lahore has many bowling options, they lack consistent wicket-takers and economical bowlers.
Karachi had won a game at this venue defending 201 runs against PSZ. However, the teams batting second won the rest of the 3 matches played at Karachi this season. Given the batting strength of both teams, the one chasing will have the upper hand thus making the toss crucial.