Match: Karachi Kings vs Islamabad United, PSL 2022 (KK vs IU)
Date: February 6, Sunday, 8:00 PM IST
Venue: National Stadium, Karachi, Pakistan
Karachi Kings will take on Islamabad United in the 14th match of Pakistan Super League 2022 at the National Stadium in Karachi on Wednesday. This is the penultimate game of the Karachi leg, with the remainder of the games to be played in Lahore from February 10.
Nothing much has gone right for the Kings in PSL 2022 thus far. They are placed right at the bottom of the table with four straight losses, and to make matters worse, bowlers Mohammad Ilyas and Mohammad Amir have withdrawn themselves from the remainder of the tournament due to injuries. Kings’ most recent loss came at the hands of Peshawar Zalmi, after they were unable to chase a modest 174. The only positive that they can take out of this loss is Babar Azam’s return to form. After three disappointing outings, the Kings captain scored an unbeaten 90 against the Zalmi.
United, on the other hand, are third on the table with two wins from four games. They come into this game after being outdone by Lahore Qalandars a day ago. Despite a half-century each by Colin Munro and Shadab Khan, Islamabad fell eight runs short of the target of 175.
Ahead of the fourteenth PSL 2022 game, let’s look at the head to head total of Karachi Kings and Islamabad United, the pitch report, weather update, top picks for your MPL fantasy team and more.
Weather update and pitch report for KK vs IU
So far in the 13 PSL 2022 games played in Karachi, we have seen the pitch favour batting more than bowling, but the bowlers have also had their match-defining moments. Of the overall 46 PSL matches played here, 31 have been won by the team chasing the score. The average first innings score at the National Stadium in PSL games is 178, while the highest and lowest total is 238 for 3 and 118 for 10, both of which were scored by Islamabad United.
As for the weather update, the temperature is likely to fluctuate between 18 and 26 degree Celsius. The sky is expected to be clear and we are likely in for an interrupted 40-over game.
Karachi Kings team news and predicted XI
Team news: Left-arm seamer Usman Shinwari has been called up as cover for injured Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Ilyas, both of whom have flown back home. Amir was yet to play a game this edition of PSL, while Ilyas was expensive in his three outings.
Predicted XI: Babar Azam, Sharjeel Khan, Sahibzada Farhan, Ian Cockbain, Mohammad Nabi, Aamer Yamin, Imad Wasim, Lewis Gregory, Mohammad Taha, Umaid Asif, Mohammad Imran
Islamabad United team news and predicted XI
Team news: Alex Hales and Paul Stirling have impressed at the top of the order for United. However, Stirling will be off to Oman after this game for national duty.
Predicted XI: Paul Stirling, Alex Hales, Colin Munro, Shadab Khan, Azam Khan, Asif Ali, Mubasir Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Waqas Maqsood
Head to head record
Karachi Kings and Islamabad United have faced off 16 times in the PSL, with United leading 10-6. Of the last four game played between them, both have two wins each. Additionally, of the three games played by them at the National Stadium, Islamabad lead 2-1.
Five players to watch out for
Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for KK vs IU
Babar Azam – Batter, Karachi Kings
MPL price – 10.5 credits
One of the best T20I batters in the world, Babar Azam started PSL 2022 on a poor note with three back to back dismal performances. But he returned to form in the previous game against Zalmi, hitting his highest score in the PSL (90 from 63) and with that, also entering the list of top five run-scorers of PSL 7 thus far. He is also the leading run-scorer for Karachi Kings with 186 runs. The Kings skipper is also a good choice for your fantasy team’s captaincy.
Sharjeel Khan – Batter, Karachi Kings
MPL price – 9 credits
Azam’s opening partner Sharjeel Khan has also been at the top of his game this season, except for his most recent outing in which he bagged a golden duck. Khan has 113 runs from the first three games of the season and will be looking to add to the tally in the next game.
Paul Stirling – Batter, Islamabad United
MPL price – 9.5 credits
Paul Stirling is the top run-scorer for Islamabad United with 134 runs at a wonderful strike rate of 212. However, this is his last PSL 7 game before he returns to Ireland for a T20 international series. The batting all-rounder is one of the most destructive T20 batters to have emerged from Ireland, and that is visible in his T20 stats. Stirling has a strike rate of more than 142 in 266 T20s, and he has also picked up 75 wickets with his offbreak bowling.
Alex Hales – Batter, Islamabad United
MPL price – 10 credits
Alex Hales has made 127 runs at a strike rate of 164 in the four games so far. His best knock of the season came in the opening game against Zalmi – an unbeaten 82 off 54. The opener, who has been a part of several T20 leagues across the world, boasts of an average and strike rate of 30.74 and 146.26 in the format.
Shadab Khan – All-rounder, Islamabad United
MPL price – 9 credits
Shadab Khan has been the best bowler for Islamabad United with 6 wickets at an average of 14 and an economy rate of 7.08. The leg-spin all-rounder also scored a half-century with the bat in his most recent outing. Shadab hit 52 off 32 but United eventually fell few runs short of the target set by Lahore Qalandars.
MPL fantasy XI
KK vs IU – where and what time to watch the match live in India
Sony Sports Network and its digital wing Sony Liv will broadcast the Pakistan Super League games in India. Additionally, you can also watch the matches on the Jio TV platform. The match will begin at 8.00 PM IST.