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Karachi Kings will clash against Islamabad United in the 4th match of the Pakistan Super League 2023.

Rishabh Gautam
By Rishabh Gautam February 16, 2023 • 12:29 PM
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Karachi Kings will clash against Islamabad United in the 4th match of the Pakistan Super League 2023. 

KAR vs ISL: Match Preview:


Karachi Kings faced a narrow 2-run defeat in their first match of PSL 8 against Peshawar Zalmi (led by their former captain Babar Azam). Apart from Matthew Wade (23 runs off 15 balls), the next three batters failed to get a start and were dismissed cheaply as Karachi Kings were reduced to 46/4. However, captain Imad Wasim and Shoaib Malik showed great form as the two added over 100 runs for the 5th wicket. Ultimately, Maliks dismissal in the pen ultimate over resulted in a close defeat. 

In the bowling department, there were no standout performers and as many as 4 bowlers managed 1 wicket each – Mir Hamza, Andrew Tye, Imran Tahir and Ben Cutting. However, all of them (except Hamza) were expensive with their economy rate reading 8 and above, up to 14. Imad Wasim and Mohammad Amir had a forgetful day with the ball as both of them conceded 42 runs in 3 and 4 overs respectively, along with Tahir conceding 40 runs in 4 overs. 

Islamabad United on the other hand will be playing their first match in this season of PSL. Islamabad will be missing their big names like Alex Hales, Moeen Ali & Rahmanullah Gurbaz for the first few matches. Alex Hales was their top scorer in the last season with 355 runs at a strike rate of 147 while averaging 44. Captain Shadab Khan was also an active scorer for the team with 268 runs at a strike rate of 162, averaging 33. Paul Stirling, Colin Munro and Asif Ali would be expected to step up with the bat in the absence of explosive Hales, along with South African batter Rassie van der Dussen.

Captain Shadab Khan also has the most wickets in the bowling department and will lead the spin unit while Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali is expected to shoulder the pace unit. Youngster Abrar Ahmed, who dazzled England in a home Test series, is also present in the team to play the wicket-taker role in the middle overs. Young Zeeshan Zameer and experience Rumman Raaes will be required to step up in the fast bowling department to assist Hasan Ali. 

KAR vs ISL: Match Details

  • Date – Thursday, February 16, 2023
  • Time – 07:30 PM IST
  • Venue – National Stadium, Karachi

Today's Match Prediction: Who will win today's cricket match? KAR vs ISL    

Both teams look equally formidable on paper and the match between Karachi Kings and Islamabad United is expected to go down the wire as a close contest. 

KAR vs ISL: Where to Watch?

All matches of the Pakistan Super League 2023 will be streamed by the Sony Sports Network in India

KAR vs ISL  Team News:

  • Karachi Kings – No new unavailability updates.
  • Islamabad United – Alex Hales will be available from February 26th onwards while Moeen Ali will be available from March 14th. Hales' partial replacement Tymal Mills has injury concerns. Afghan players Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Fazalhaq Farooqi are unavailable due to AFG vs UAE T20Is. 

KAR vs ISL  Probable Playing 11:

  • Karachi Kings – Sharjeel Khan, James Vince, Haider Ali, Shoaib Malik, Qasim Akram, Matthew Wade (wk), Imad Wasim (c), Andrew Tye, Musa Khan, Imran Tahir, Mohammad Amir
  • Islamabad United – Paul Stirling, Rassie van der Dussen, Asif Ali, Colin Munro, Shadab Khan(c), Azam Khan (w), Hasan Ali, Mohammad Wasim Jr., Tom Curran, Zeeshan Zameer, Abrar Ahmed

KAR vs ISL  Fantasy 11:

  • Wicket-keepers – Matthew Wade
  • Batters – Rassie van der Dussen, Paul Stirling, Colin Munro, James Vince
  • All-rounders – Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf
  • Bowlers –  Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Abrar Ahmed

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C/VC Picks – Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, James Vince, Paul Stirling