Karachi Kings Vs Islamabad United 2nd Qualifying Final 2016
Islamabad United won by 9 wickets (with 34 balls remaining)
Islamabad United and Karachi Kings will battle it out in the fierce eliminator match where the winner gets a chance to reach the final. The two sides will clash on Saturday, February 20th, in the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, at 21:00 hrs local time.
Karachi Kings find themselves in this stage by the sheer stroke of luck, considering that their campaign has been a poor one. They won just two matches, while losing the remaining ones. Having miserably failed to gather some traction, they will be heading into a difficult fixture.
The odds aren’t particularly in their favor, considering that they lost both the matches in the group stage to Islamabad United. The first game was an exciting one, where United clinched the win by two runs, while in the second one; they won the match by five wickets. Moreover, their most consistent player – Shakib Al Hasan, will not be available for the match, which puts more pressure on Mickey Arthur to choose the playing XI.
They are coming in this game after losing to Peshawar Zalmi by five wickets. Interestingly enough, this was their third consecutive defeat in the league.
As for Islamabad United, they had an average run with an even distribution of wins and defeats. However, they will be pleased knowing that they won their previous fixture against Lahore Qalandars by five wickets. But just like their opponents, they too face an absence of their key players such as Shane Watson and Sam Billings. However, they still have Brad Haddin, who has proven to be a valuable buy for the team.
For this match, Islamabad United are certainly the favorite ones. The momentum is in their favor, and they have a comparatively better squad as well. Karachi Kings need a miracle here to get to the next round. This is surely going to be an exciting match to watch.
Islamabad United vs Karachi Kings Prediction 2nd Playoff Results
Karachi Kings: 111/9 (20/20 ov)
Islamabad United: 115/1 (14.2/20 ov)
Islamabad won by 9 wickets (with 34 balls remaining)