The Islamabad United will be up against the Karachi Kings in the first playoffs game of the third season of the Pakistan Super League. This game will be played on Sunday in Dubai. The match will be played on March 18, 2018 in Dubai International Cricket Stadium at 9 pm PST (4 pm GMT).
Only two days before this game, these two teams, Islamabad and Karachi had played each other. The situation was different for the two sides at that time.
Islamabad United were already through to the playoffs, and not just that, they had also sealed their top spot on the points table. They were basically playing in an inconsequential encounter.
On the other hand, Karachi’s hopes were hanging by the thread. Yep, surely they did not have to win their final game to get through to the playoffs stage. In fact had the Peshawar Zalmi lost their game to the Lahore Qalandars on the final day, Karachi would have qualified for the playoffs with the heaviest of defeats too.
However, once the Zalmis won and the target was clear for the Kings, things could have gotten tougher for them under pressure.
The good thing for the Kings in their previous game was they won the toss and could field first. That way, they knew what was the target and could have gotten close to it even if they weren’t winning the game.
As it turned out, the Karachi Kings won and with ease too. Islamabad rested Luke Ronchi, their champion batsman from the tournament, and were reduced to 63 for five in the 11th over at one stage.
In the end they scraped through to 124 with Usman Khan picking up four wickets, and Joe Denly and Colin Ingram guided Karachi through to a win in 17 overs.
Interestingly, the first time these two sides had played in the tournament was earlier in the season and the United had drilled Karachi a punching loss. In that game, the Kings had batted first and scored a reasonable 153/6 but it was that man Ronchi again who had pulled the side through in the chase that lasted just 17.2 overs.
The winner of this game will go through to the final but the losing team would still have a chance to feature in the title-decider. Since this isn’t a knock-out in that sense, we think the team batting second has a better chance of winning this. Islamabad United vs Karachi Kings 30th match prediction, betting tips & preview are placed below.
Islamabad United vs Karachi Kings Predictions & Tips
Karachi Kings to win.