Karachi Kings’ unbeaten run comes for a big test as they face Multan Sultans in the first of two Pakistan Super League matches as tussle continues for top positions on points table in Sharjah on Friday.
Karachi Kings have surprised all with their clinical performances, beating last year’s finalists Quetta Gladiators by 19 runs, had the better of defending champions Peshawar Zalmi by five wickets before dowing a hapless Lahore Qalandars by 27 runs.
Karachi Kings is the only side which has twice defended totals, primarily due to their potent bowling attack led by the ever lively Shahid Afridi who is second on the table with six wickets.
Spearhead Mohammad Amir will be back after missing the Lahore match with a side strain and is likely to play alongside his replacement in the last match, Usman Shinwari. England’s Tymal Mills is likely to sit out.
Amir hoped he can get wickets against Multan.
“I was feeling very well after getting two wickets,” said Amir of his 2-6 in two overs against Peshawar. “But then I had pain in my ribs so as a precaution I rested for one match. Now I am fresh and raring to go.”
Amir admitted Multan’s strong batting will test Karachi’s bowling while their bowling led by South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir, top of the table with seven wickets, will also test batsmen.
“Multan is a good side with Kumar Sangakkara and Shoaib Malik in their ranks so we have to be at our best to trouble them,” said Amir.
Multan, the sixth team to enter PSL, lost their last match to Islamabad by five wickets and will be hoping to regain the lost touch after a rest of four days.
Multan will hope their struggling batsman Sohaib Maqsood also fires after poor scores of 21, four and one.
Besides Tahir, Multan also have firepower in their pace attack with Mohammad Irfan and Junaid Khan in full flow.