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The Pakistan Super League is about to come to its knockout stage and there is no doubt in our mind that the second semi-final is the more interesting of the two matches. The Karachi Kings are going to be taking on the Lahore Qalandars for a place in the PSL 2020 final.
That means we are going to see the best T20 batsman, Pakistan’s best T20 bowler, and perhaps one of the cleanest strikers of the cricket ball in action in this match. Neither of thee two teams had had a lot of success in the Pakistan Super League in the past. The Karachi Kings have never managed to win a knockout match so far and the Lahore Qalandars have never ever been in a playoff match prior to this one.
Which team will be able to rise to the occasion?
Karachi Kings vs Lahore Qalandars PSL 2020 is going to be played at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore on the 17th of March 2020.
Sharjeel Khan has had an amazing impact on the Karachi kings batting in the last few matches and that is why his early loss turned out to be so important against the Quetta Gladiators. Sharjeel is one of the few batsmen that has the ability to attack from the first ball and continue to hit the ball cleanly.
If he lasts for six overs against the Lahore Qalandars, he can take away the game but if he gets out early, the Karachi Kings could be in a lot of trouble. Babar Azam, the best T20 batsman in the world, will be under tremendous pressure to score when it matters the most.
He is also in very good form and will try to bat through the entire inning.
Cameron Delport, Iftikhar Ahmed, and Chadwick Walton form a strong batting lineup for the Karachi Kings. The Karachi Kings are up against a pretty strong bowling unit and that is why they would not want to lose too many early wickets in this next match.
One area in which the Karachi Kings have a distinct disadvantage against the Lahore Qalandars is the bowling attack. Waqas Maqsood, Arshad Iqbal, Ali Khan, and Usama Mir are good bowlers but they do not have the skill and experience that the Lahore Qalandars do.
If the Karachi Kings want to win this match then they need to do so on the strength of their batting.
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The Lahore Qalandars won a knockout match against the Multan Sultans in their previous match thanks to a brilliant batting performance from Chris Lynn and Fakhar Zaman. Both the batsmen smashed the Multan Sultans around to qualify for the semi-final.
The fact that Lynn got a century and Fakhar got his first significant score of PSL 2020 will put the Lahore Qalandars in a very good frame of mind. Lynn smashed eight sixes in the previous match and showed just why he is regarded as one of the best T20 strikers in the world.
Ben Dunk, Sohail Akhtar, Mohammad Hafeez, Samit Patel, and David Wiese give a fair bit of depth to the Lahore Qalandars as well.
As we mentioned earlier, the one place where the Lahore Qalandars have a big advantage is the bowling. Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Dilbur Hussain, and three very good all-rounders make the Lahore Qalandars a very strong bowling attack.
The role of Shaheen Afridi against Sharjeel Khan in the powerplay is going to be one of the biggest battles of the game. Shaheen Afridi has been quite brilliant in PSL 2020 so far and must lead his bowling attack to success against a strong Karachi Kings batting lineup.
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The team that wins the toss is going to want to field first.
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The weather in Lahore is expected to be very good for cricket and we should have no interruptions. As far as the pitch goes, the most recent match saw over 380 runs scored. One of the few earlier surfaces turned out to be very spin-friendly and that is not something that the Lahore Qalandars would mind either.
The batsmen from both the sides would be hoping for a batting-friendly wicket where they can showcase their talents.
Dream11 tips and Dream11 prediction for Karachi Kings vs Lahore Qalandars PSL 2020 semi-final
We like the Lahore Qalandars coming into this match. They have won four out of their previous five matches and are in very good form. They have also been under tremendous pressure for the majority of the tournament and responded well. The batting power in both the teams is pretty similar while the bowling seems to be better in the Lahore camp.
Bet on the Lahore Qalandars to win.
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