Karachi Kings are now at the edge of being eliminated from PSL 2022. They have lost all four of the matches that they have played and absolutely need to win this next match against Islamabad United. For a team that has been as impressive as Islamabad United has, it would be disappointed to have won just two out of the four matches it has played.
The best cricket betting sites are still favoring Islamabad United to come out as the winner in this contest. We could also see some team changes in both camps for this contest.Match prediction and cricket betting tips for Karachi Kings vs Islamabad United PSL 2022. The match is going to be played at the National Stadium, Karachi on the 6th of February 2022.
Islamabad United are placed at the 2nd spot in the Pakistan Super League 2022 points table with 2 wins and one loss from their 3 matches of the league. The team has 4 points.Paul Stirling is the top run-scorer for Islamabad United with 134 runs at a strike rate of 212. He has struck 18 fours and 6 sixes. Alex Hales has also made 127 runs at a strike rate of 164.Shadab Khan has been the best bowler for Islamabad United and has picked up 6 wickets while bowling at an average of 14 and an economy rate of 7.08.
Karachi Kings are placed at the 6th spot in the Pakistan Super League 2022 points table with losses from their 4 matches of the league. Babar Azam is the top run-scorer for Karachi Kings with 186 runs at a strike rate of 120. He has struck 22 fours and one six. Sharjeel Khan has also made 113 runs at a strike rate of 141.Umaid Asif has been the best bowler for Karachi Kings and has picked up 5 wickets while bowling at an average of 15 and an economy rate of 7.60.
KARACHI KINGS VS ISLAMABAD UNITED TEAM PREVIEWS
Karachi Kings came up short in their chase against Peshawar Zalmi in the previous match that they played. Babar Azam top-scored with 90 not out but that was still not enough to get the team over the line. Sharjeel Khan got out for a duck and the weak middle-order was once more exposed.
It almost seems like bot Babar and Sharjeel need to score runs for the Karachi Kings to have a chance. Ian Cockbain got a start but was unable to convert that into a big score either. We are not sure how useful he or Lewis Gregory are going to be batting in the middle overs when the spinners are on and making it difficult.
The Karachi Kings have an excellent opening duo but nothing much else after that. This fragile batting lineup outs it at a disadvantage at all times.
Umaid Asif bowled well to end up with three wickets in the previous match but he was also a bit lucky to have gotten those wickets. Mohammad Imran, Aamer Yamin, and Imad Wasim are the other bowlers in the lineup. None of these bowlers is in great form and it seems as if the Karachi Kings have one of the weaker bowling attacks in PSL 2022.
Things often look worse when nothing is going your way but in the case of the Karachi Kings, it really does seem as if no part of its lineup is well-settled or strong enough to compete consistently.
Islamabad United would be very disappointed to lose its previous match to the Lahore Qalandars. 39 runs were needed from 30 deliveries with 8 wickets in hand but that proved to be too much as a flurry of wickets derailed the chase.
Shadab Khan is in the form of his life and once again led the way with both bat and ball while Colin Munro also seems to be striking the ball very well. It is interesting that Paul Stirling is being preferred by the management above Rahmanullah Gurbaz who is also very effective in the subcontinental conditions.
In terms of batting strength and power, we think Islamabad United has the advantage.
Where Islamabad United is slipping up, though, is in the bowling department. None of its fast-bowlers have been effective and in fact, went for plenty in the previous match as well. Shadab Khan and Mubasir Khan bowled 8 overs of spin that helped keep the score to a manageable total.
If a team can negotiate the spinners, then they can really put the Islamabad fast-bowling unit under pressure.
MATCH DETAILS – KARACHI KINGS VS ISLAMABAD UNITED
Match: Karachi Kings vs Islamabad United, Match 14.
Date and Time: February 6, 2022; 8 PM IST.
Venue: National Stadium, Karachi.
The last few games have shown that chasing has become tough as the tournament has progressed. Scores over 170 have become tough to chase, so the team winning the toss should look to bat first.
The temperature should be in the low 20s for this evening game in Karachi. There is no chance of rain, but conditions could be cool.
Karachi Kings lost their first three games, but came agonisingly close to winning the fourth. If they play well and hold their nerves better, they might just pip Islamabad, and leave Karachi with a win.
PREDICTION: KARACHI KINGS TO WIN THIS GAME.