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PSLT20 Today Playoff-2 Match Prediction and Analysis: Islamabad United vs Karachi Kings

Karachi Kings will play Islamabad United in the second Playoff match of PSL 2017 at Sharjah Cricket Stadium Sharjah
Posted: March 1, 2017 at 8:42 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The second Playoff match of Pakistan Super League 2017 will be played today at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah between Islamabad United and Karachi Kings. In this do or die match one team will be eliminated today from PSL 2017

This second playoff of Pakistan Super League is going to be very interesting. The winner of this match will have to play another playoff match to qualify for Final match. The losing side will be eliminated today. In the group stage, both teams have won 4 matches each and now they are at pretty comparable positions.

Karachi Kings looks very strong for this match. Their strength lies in rebounding. They lost their first two matches ( See PSL Results)and won last 4.  The team looks activated on winning mode. They have won four straight games and beaten strong teams like Quetta Gladiators, Peshawar Zalmi etc. If their top order works today like Chris Gayle did in previous match they will be in a good position to post quick runs early in less balls.

This can be helpful in setting a good total if batting first, or chasing quickly if batting second. Other batsman of Karachi Kings are also performing well. Shoaib Malik, Ravi Bopara, Kevin Pollard and Babar Azam are scoring runs. Their batting side has great depth enough to face Islamabad United bowlers.

In bowling, Usama Mir, Usman Khan and Imad Wasim will play great role to restrict Islamabad United to lowest score as possible. Muhammad Amir if taken early wickets of Islamabad United, can make Karachi Kings in a good position to win the match.

Overall Karachi Kings looks a very balanced and ruthless side enough to win this match.

Islamabad United who suffered a major setback when two of their key players were suspended in corruption scandal. They have also won 4 matches so far in group stages. Their key strength lies in their amazing batting powerhouse which contains in-form Dwayne Smith, Shane Watson and Brad Haddin. These players on their day can destruct any bowling side. The opener Dwayne Smith is in good form who scored 266 in last 8 PSL 2017 Matches with two fifties and one 49. His role will be very critical for Islamabad United.

The other advantage Islamabad United will have in the form of  Captain Misbah ul Haq who with his experience can turn the things around.

People seen this in playoff matches in PSL 2016. Islamabad United also probably have the best bowlers in PSL. With likes of Muhammad Irfan, Muhammad Sami and Saeed Ajmal, they can be very brutal for any team. Although we haven’t seen much in previous games but in this high heat game, bowlers performance will be very critical for victory. Shane Watson can also bring damage lately. Overall Islamabad United is definitely able to win this game.

Both teams have good batsman and bowlers. However with the winning consistency by Karachi Kings, we can predict that Karachi Kings will have some edge to win this second playoff match today. If they win they will have to face Peshawar Zalmi in the 3rd play off Match to qualify for final. Islamabad United on the other hand, will try hard to win this match to stay in competition and to make Karachi Kings go home.

Who in your Opinion will win the second PlayOff Today

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