DUBAI: Karachi Kings have won the toss and elected to bowl first.
Karachi Kings are favourite to qualify for the playoffs, Lahore Qalandars will be hoping for a big defeat of Karachi against Islamabad United.
Karachi Kings 158/5 (20.0): Kieron Pollard has done it! What a win! Unbelievable, he struck two sixes and a four in the over to win it for the Kings. Amazing finish, cricket at its best here! And its push ups time for Pollard!
Karachi Kings 142/5 (19.0): The equation is simple, KK need 14 on 6 balls to win this thriller.
Karachi Kings 129/5 (18.0): Karachi Kings need 29 runs in two overs.
Karachi Kings 119/5 (17.0): Kieron Pollard hit big one to Sohail Tanvir! 11 runs in the 17th over.
Karachi Kings 108/5 (16.0): Imad Wasim ended the over with a boundary. Karachi need 48 runs on 24 deliveries with Imad and Pollard at the crease. Tough, but gettable!
Karachi Kings 103/5 (15.2): Another runout here! This time it is Shoaib Malik who has become the victim of Qalandars’ smart fielding, direct hit from Aamer Yamin. He scored 6 runs on 11 balls.
Karachi Kings 102/4 (15.0): It did not prove to be wise decision to bowl himself, Imad struck two sixes in the over.
Brendon McCullum brings himself into the attack! He never stops surprising his fans.
Karachi Kings 89/4 (14.0): Imad Wasim is at the crease with Shoaib Malik now. Lahore Qalandars are definitely on the top here.
Karachi Kings 89/4 (13.4): Ravi Bopara perishes, another impressive fielding effort, he is runout by a substitute fielder.
Karachi Kings 86/3 (13.0): Zaman is contributing with the ball here, just three runs and a wicket.
Karachi Kings 84/3 (12.3): And the change has worked for Lahore, Babar is out one run short from his half-century. Quality captaincy probably.
Surprising bowling change by McCullum, he brougt in Fakhar Zaman to bowl.
Karachi Kings 82/2 (12.0): Karachi Kings need to score at 9.12 runs per over to win the game. The spin duo of Qalandars are bowling extremely well.
Karachi Kings 80/2 (11.2): Karachi Kings lose their skipper, big wicket for Qalandars! Narine got the big fish, he scored 20 off 22 balls.
Karachi Kings 78/1 (11.0): Yasir Shah bowled another good over, he is giving nothing away.
Karachi Kings 72/1 (10.0): Sangakkara and Babar took on Grant Elliott, they had to accelerate and they did exactly that. Three boundaries off the over.
Karachi Kings 58/1 (9.0): Just five runs in Yasir Shah’s over. Karachi Kings’ batsmen need to push the paddle a bit.
Karachi Kings 53/1 (8.0): Another tight over from Sunil Narine.
Karachi Kings 49/1 (7.0): Just six runs in the over, even after conceding a boundary from Babar Azam.
Yasir Shah now.
Karachi Kings 43/1 (6.0): KK could not make most of the powerplay. The stay of Sanga and Babar is crucial fo rthem.
Karachi Kings 35/1 (5.0): Just four runs off the over, another good over for Qalandars.
Karachi Kings 31/1 (4.0): Good first over by the West Indies’ spin wizard.
Sunil Narine comes on to bowl.
Sangakkara is the new batsman, it is the key pair for Karachi Kings.
Karachi Kings 27/1 (3.0): Lahore Qalandars needed it and Mohammad Rizwan provided it! Mahela played a late cut off a slow delivery of Sohail Tanvuir, Rizwan dived to his right stopped the ball and hit the stump to run him out. He scored 10 runs on 8 balls.
Karachi Kings 18/0 (2.0): A solid start from the Kings’ opening pair, both Babar and Mahela are looking in great shape.
Aamer Yamin bowling from other end.
Karachi Kings 8/0 (1.0): A good first over for Karachi Kings, eight runs from the first over.
Mahela Jayawerdene and Babar Azam are opening the inning for Karachi Kings, Sangakkara pulled himself back.
It is a competitive total, especially on pitch that is helping spinners. Yasir Shah and Sunil Nariine will hold the key for Qalandars. Whereas, Babar Azam, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawerdene will be vital for Kings. Sohail Tanvir with he new ball.
Lahore Qalandars 155/6 (20.0): A good finish for Lahore Qalandars. Great recovery from 100/6 to 155/6. Rizwan and Tanvir had a brilliant partnership of 55 runs.
Lahore Qalandars 145/6 (19.0): A good over for Lahore Qalandars at the end of the inning, Rizwan and Tanvir did well to get 13 runs off Amir’s over.
Lahore Qalandars 132/6 (18.0): Sohail Tanvir survived a scare. He top edged one but Usama Mir dropped the catch, it was a tough one though, 12 runs off the over with the courtesy of a four and a six from Mohammad Rizwan.
Lahore Qalandars 118/6 (17.0): A brilliant spell from Shoaib Malik here, 2 wickets for just 21 runs in four overs. He conceded a four off a wide in this over as well.
Lahore Qalandars 109/6 (16.0): Economical over for Mohammad Amir.
Mohammad Amir is into back in the back.
Lahore Qalandars 103/6 (15.0): Lahore Qalandars may have just miscalculated things a bit and went a little more aggressive than required.
Sohail Tanvir is the new batsman.
Lahore Qalandars 100/6 (14.3): Grant Elliott fell cheaply, Shoaib Malik picks another wicket, seems like the presence of Sania Mirza in the stadium is proving lucky for him.
Lahore Qalandars 99/5 (14.0): Lahore Qalandars are struggling at the moment.
Mohammad Rizwan is the new man in.
Lahore Qalandars 94/5 (13.1): Umar Akmal threw away his wicket yet again, he went for a reckless slog to Usama Mir and top edged it, Babar took another catch. He scored 20 runs on 22 balls.
Lahore Qalandars 94/4 (13.0): Another good over by Shoaib Malik, a wicket and just four runs from it.
The man with ‘bat drop’ celebration, Grant Elliott is at the crease now.
Lahore Qalandars 93/4 (12.4): Shoaib Malik removes Sunil Narine, he struck 16 off 9 balls.
Lahore Qalandars 90/3 (12.0): Sunil Narine is doing for what he has been sent, going after bowlers. Two sixes in the over of Usama Mir
Lahore Qalandars 75/3 (11.0): Just four singles in Shoaib Malik’s first over.His wife, Sania Mirza, who is sitting the stands, must be happy with his performance.
Qalandars promote Sunil Narine up the order.
Lahore Qalandars 71/3 (10.0): A fine over from the young leggie.
Lahore Qalandars 71/3 (9.5): Big wicket for Karachi Kings, Usama Mir gets the pricey scalp of Brendon McCullum, Babar Azam takes the catch. He scored 31 runs on 28 balls.
Lahore Qalandars 68/2 (9.0): A very nice over by Imad Wasim, just three runs.
Lahore Qalandars 65/2 (8.0): Lahore Qalandars’ batsmen are in no mood to let Usama Mir settle, they are attacking him from the word go, 15 runs in the over.
Usama Mir into the attack now.
Lahore Qalandars 50/2 (7.0): Just six over off the over.
Lahore Qalandars 42/2 (6.0): A very good over for Karachi Kings.
Lahore Qalandars 40/2 (5.2): Fakhar Zaman falls to Sohail Khan, he was man of the match in the previous game between the two sides.
Lahore Qalandars 40/2 (5.0): Just six off the over with a boundary, overall a good start for Usman.
Usman Khan Shinwari comes in to bowl now.
Lahore Qalandars 34/1 (4.0): Expensive first over from Sohail Khan, two boundaries off it by Fakhar Zaman.
Sohail Khan replaces Imad Wasim.
Lahore Qalandars 21/1 (3.0): A good tight over of Mohammad Amir ruined by Brendon McCullum’s boundary off an uppercut.
Lahore Qalandars 13/1 (2.0): Fakhar Zaman ended the over with a bang!
Imad Wasim takes the new ball for Karachi from the other end.
Lahore Qalandars 4/1 (1.0): Mohammad Amir welcomes young Fakhar Zaman with a beauty.
Lahore Qalandars 4/1 (0.5): Kumar Sangakkara has taken an absolutely blinder behind the wicket, it seems like this man can play cricket all his life. Amir bowled a bouncer to Delport and Sangakkara and flew to his right to grab it. Phenomenal stuff!
Brendon McCullum and Cameron Delport are out there to open for Lahore Qalandars, Mohammad Amir to take the new ball.
The action is about to start, players in the ground now.
Lahore Qalandars: Cameron Delport, Brendon McCullum (C), Fakhar Zaman, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Grant Elliott, Sunil Narine, Aamer Yamin, Sohail Tanvir, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Irfan Jr.
Karachi Kings: Babar Azam, Kumar Sangakkara (C & WK), Mahela Jayawardene, Shoaib Malik, Kieron Pollard, Ravi Bopara, Imad Wasim, Sohail Khan, Mohammad Amir, Usama Mir, Usman Khan
No Chris Gayle for KK here, Mahela Jayawerdene is in the side.
Karachi Kings are at the bottom of PSL’s points table with four points. Whereas, Laahore Qalandars are at fourth with six points and are playing their last round game. If Lahore Qalandars win, they will be through to the playoffs, whereas if they lose and Karachi Kings manage to defeat Islamabad United, they will play in the playoffs.
It is a must win game for the Kings, a defeat here will close their PSL 2017 chapter and their game against Islamabad United will become a dead rubber. Kings will be hoping for their big guns to fire today. Whereas, Lahore would like to avoid being eliminated again at the first stage of the tournament.
Be ready for a cracker here!