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LQ vs KK, PSL 2022 – Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: Lahore Qalandars vs Karachi Kings, PSL 2022 (LQ vs KK)

Date: February 18, Friday, 8:00 PM IST 

Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, Pakistan

Lahore Qalandars will take on the Karachi Kings in the 26th match of Pakistan Super League 2022 at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Friday. The Qalandars have had a good run in the tournament thus far, having won five of their second games. With 10 points, they are placed second in the points table. Karachi Kings, on the other hand, are the wooden spooners, having lost all their eight games. The Babar Azam-led side is already out of the playoffs race.

This is the return fixture between Qalandars and Kings. Earlier in the on-going edition of the tournament, Qalandars got the better of the Kings by six wickets at the National Stadium in Karachi. An opening partnership of 84 runs between Sharjeel Khan and Babar Azam took the Kings to 170 in the first innings, but a century from Fakhar Zaman helped Qalandars go over the line with four balls to spare.

Talking of their respective last games, Qalandars beat the Quetta Gladiators comprehensively a couple of nights ago, while the Kings were outdone by the Multan Sultans

Ahead of the 26th PSL 2022 game, let’s look at the head to head total of Lahore Qalandars and Karachi Kings, the pitch report, weather update, top picks for your MPL fantasy team and more.

Weather update and pitch report for LQ vs KK

The pitch at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore is largely batting-friendly. The average first innings score here in the last five PSL games is 180 runs. The fast bowlers have also had their moments on this surface but the spinners have found it difficult to get going. The highest and lowest total recorded here is 209-5 and 90-10, and the teams chasing the target have a better winning percentage. Batting second is the ideal option here.

As for the weather update, the temperature is likely to fluctuate between 10 and 23 degree Celsius. The sky is expected to be clear and we are likely in for an interrupted 40-over game.

Lahore Qalandars team news and predicted XI

Team news: The Qalandars have already made it to the playoffs and will be looking for a top two finish. Their bowlers did a fine job to restrict the Gladiators for 141 in their most recent game, while half-centuries from Fakhar Zaman and Kamran Ghulam helped chase down the target in 17.4 overs.

Predicted XI: Fakhar Zaman, Abdullah Shafique, Kamran Ghulam, Mohammad Hafeez, Philip Salt (wk), Harry Brook, Rashid Khan, David Wiese, Shaheen Afridi (c), Haris Rauf, Zaman Khan

Karachi Kings team news and predicted XI

Team news: Nothing has gone right for the Kings in PSL 2022 thus far. They have eight straight losses and are already out of the contention for the playoffs. Despite boasting of some world class players in their ranks, the team as a whole has failed to deliver.

Predicted XI: Babar Azam (c), Sharjeel Khan, Joe Clarke, Qasim Akram, Rohail Nazir (wk), Mohammad Nabi, Imad Wasim, Jordan Thompson, Chris Jordan, Umaid Asif, Mir Hamza

Head to head record

Lahore Qalandars and Karachi Kings have faced off 14 times in the PSL. The Kings have eight wins and the Qalandars five. Of the last five games played between the two sides, Qalandars have won three.

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for LQ vs KK

Babar Azam – Batsman, Karachi Kings

MPL price – 10.5 credits

Captain of the Kings, Babar Azam has been largely inconsistent this season. But being one of the best players in the game currently, he still remains important to your MPL team. He has two half centuries this season with a top score of an unbeaten 90. Despite not being at the top of his game, the opener is Kings’ highest run-scorer with 268 runs at a strike rate of 120. 

Umaid Asif – Bowler, Karachi Kings

MPL price – 8.5 credits 

Umaid Asif has been the standout bowler for Karachi Kings with eight wickets at an average of 28 and an economy rate of 8.98. The bowling all-rounder has an impressive T20 resume in which he has pocketed 114 wickets in 106 games at an economy of under eight runs per over.

Fakhar Zaman – Batsman, Lahore Qalandars

MPL price – 10 credits 

Fakhar Zaman has been the consistent match-winner for the Qalandars this season. He is the top run-scorer of the 2022 season with 469 runs at a strike rate of 165. He has three consecutive fifties in the last three games and will be looking to maintain the form in the next game.

Abdullah Shafique – Batsman, Lahore Qalandars

MPL price – 8.5 credits

Along with Zaman, Abdullah Shafique has also contributed to the team’s good batting performances this season. Shafique has 172 runs at a strike rate of 127. The right handed batsman has played only 27 T20s in his career so far, but has an impressive average of 34.58 and a strike rate of 130.29.

Shaheen Shah Afridi – Bowler, Lahore Qalandars

MPL price – 8.5 credits 

Shaheen Afridi has been the best bowler for Lahore Qalandars with 11 wickets at an average of 18 and an economy rate of 7.39. He picked up two wickets in Qalandars’ most recent game while conceding 27 runs in four overs. In all, Afridi has 154 wickets in 112 T20s at an economy of 7.71.

MPL fantasy XI for LQ vs KK 

LQ vs KK – 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 on February 18.

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Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.

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