Karachi Kings will look to double their tally of points against a luckless and win-less Lahore Qalandars when the arch-rivals meet in Dubai in the second match of a doubleheader on Saturday.
Karachi Kings have the upper edge in the head-to-head table, with four wins and one loss. They beat Lahore by seven wickets and 27 runs in the first edition before going down by seven runs in the first match of the second edition. They bullied Lahore by five wickets to reach the playoffs later in 2017.
Karachi Kings won the first game in 2018 PSL before their Sharjah game ended in a tie, with Lahore clinching the Super Over contest.
Karachi Kings had a winning start to this year’s campaign when they won a narrow last over match against Multan Sultans on Friday, clinching the match by seven runs.
It was new entry Liam Livingstone, who plays for Warwickshire in the English county cricket, who smashed a 43-ball 83 with six sixes and as many four and set up a new PSL record for opening stand with Babar Zaman of 157 runs.
Babar, who made 59-ball 77, helped Livingstone set the platform for a big total but Karachi was derailed by a cluster of wickets as they managed just 35 runs in the last five overs to finish with 183-6.
Karachi will hope they do not spoil a good start in the match against Lahore, who will be gunning for their first win after losing to title holders Islamabad United in the first game by five wickets.
Karachi will hope Mohammad Amir, who returned to his best with his best PSL figures of 4-25 once again carry the attack. Fellow paceman Sohail Khan’s position will be in danger after conceding 57 runs (49 in first three). He finally defended 16 in the final over with Multan’s tail making his task easy.
Left-arm spinner Umer Khan, from Fata, made an impressive debut with figures of 1-9 in two overs and skipper Imad Wasim will be forced to give him more overs and think of bringing in carrom-ball spinner Abrar Ahmed in place of Sohail.
Lahore will look to AB de Villiers, the master blaster former South African batsman, to show his mettle after being a little rusty in the first match where he scored 27.
Lahore too got a good start to their innings with Fakhar Zaman and Sohail Akhtar smashing 97 for the first wickets — 97 in all for the opening wicket – but then innings fell apart with six wickets falling for 37 runs as the ended up at 171-8.