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by Alastair Symondson Friday 15 February 2019
He got great support from fellow opener Babar Azam who scored a 59-ball 77. Despite no contributions from the middle order, the team was successful in posting a 184-run target.
Their batting was duly backed up by their bowlers, Mohammad Amir and Usman Shinwari in particular. They restricted Multan Sultans seven runs shy of the total to win their first match of the tournament.
For Lahore Qalandars, their gun top three showed their class as they did not allow the middle order to come under any sort of pressure. Fakhar Zaman was the highest run-scorer for the team and smashed 65 runs from 43 balls. Sohail Akhtar did not score at express pace but played an impressive foil to Fakhar Zaman. AB de Villiers then showed his class in his short stay at the crease with a 17-ball 24. Rahat Ali is their best bet with the ball along with Shaheen Afridi. Ali picked up four wickets in the first match of the tournament. The team also has leg spinner Yasir Shah but he is known mainly for his long format ability. Mohammad Hafeez is their other wicket-taking option. Apart from the usual suspects, Karachi Kings boast of Sikandar Raza, Ravi Bopara, Imad Wasim and Colin Ingram in the batting order, each of whom has the power to make an impact in this format of the game.
Lahore Qalandars- Fakhar Zaman, Sohail Akhtar, Mohammad Hafeez, AB de Villiers, Anton Devcich, Brendan Taylor, Carlos Brathwaite, Yasir Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Rahat Ali Karachi Kings- Liam Livingstone, Babar Azam, Colin Ingram, Ravi Bopara, Mohammad Rizwan, Sikandar Raza, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Usman Shinwari, Sohail Khan, Umer Khan
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – Karachi Kings
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) –Babar Azam (Karachi Kings), Fakhar Zaman (Lahore Qalandars)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Usman Shinwari (Karachi Kings), Shaheen Afridi (Lahore Qalandars)
Most Sixes – Babar Azam (Karachi Kings), Fakhar Zaman (Lahore Qalandars)
Team Scores Batting First – Karachi Kings 170+, Lahore Qalandars 160+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.
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