Unbeaten and confident Karachi Kings will enter the Sharjah stadium against Islamabad United on Sunday with an eye on the playoff spot as teams will complete five matches in the Pakistan Super League with varied fortunes.
Karachi Kings have been the surprise package as with their utility players the Imad Wasim led side has done what other sides have feared, batting first and then defending the targets twice. It is done on the basis of a strong bowling attack led by the ever lively Shahid Afridi with six wickets.
But a knee injury has forced Afridi to miss the game against Multan Sultans which rained off and will again be not on the name sheet against Islamabad.
But that will allow Karachi to field all three of its left-arm pacer in Mohammad Amir, Tymal Mills and Usman Shinwari. If the pitch looks helpful for spinners then leggie Usama Mir will come into the equation.
Karachi Kings and Islamabad United have shared three matches each in the past two editions of the PSL. Islamabad won all three matches on their way to the title in 2016 while Karachi avenged that with three wins in the second edition to finish third.
Islamabad are still sweating on the fitness of their pace spearhead Rumman Raees who injured his leg while fielding and will not be risked considering the last stages of the league.
Islamabad fought hard to tie the match in defense of a small 122-run target against Lahore Qalandars and then clinching the game on Super Over.
Captain Misbah-ul-Haq will be looking for the same fight against Karachi.
“It will be a tough game so we have to be at our best,” said Misbah after team’s Super Over win. “Karachi is playing some good cricket so we have to better that.”
PSL will shift to Dubai after a day’s rest on Monday.