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The Eliminator 1 Match of the Pakistan Super League 2019, season-4 will take place at the Karachi National Stadium in Pakistan on 14th March 2019. Islamabad United will take on Karachi Kings in this Twenty20 match. The Pakistan Super League 2019, season-4 has now reached the climax with the two evenly matched teams vying for a place in the grand finale.
The PSL Cricket Prediction provided by Premium Cricket look how well the two teams have progressed towards the playoffs and the possible outcome of this encounter. We would analyze whether Islamabad United will be able to reach final for the second successive year or whether Karachi Kings could turn the tables with an upset victory.
The defending champions are getting closer towards reaching another PSL final and they are determined to give off their best in this crucial encounter. Islamabad United, of course, experienced mixed fortunes during the league stage of the tournament but more importantly, they were able to come out victorious during the most needed encounters.
Islamabad United have very long batting line-up which includes players in the caliber of Hussain Talat, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf who are capable of making useful contributions down the order. However, the key player for Islamabad United will be the veteran opener and the 2018 PSL top run-getter Luke Ronchi who has always provided a flying start to their innings. The 37-year-old former New Zealand wicket-keeper batsman is their most successful batsman this season with an aggregate of 297 runs from 10 matches. In addition, Chadwick Walton has impressed since joining the side as a replacement player and could play a vital role along with South African batsman Cameron Delport who is their only centurion in the side.
Islamabad United will also look for another good performance from Faheem Ashraf who is their highest wicket-taker in the current tournament. The 25-year-old right-arm paceman is in tremendous form having returned career-best figures of six wickets for 19 runs in the previous match against Lahore Qalandars.
Despite having a minus net run-rate they were able to qualify for the playoffs as the fourth best team after the completion of the preliminary-round fixtures. They had their ups and downs throughout the tournament but yet they managed to pull off a couple of stunning victories which eventually helped their cause. After a grueling season in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Karachi Kings now has the chance of performing in front of their home fans which turn out to be an added advantage. Karachi Kings were the last team to secure playoff qualification with a dramatic one-run win over Quetta Gladiators.
However, Imad Wasim and his men come into the Eliminator on the back of a crushing 61-run loss at the hands of Peshawar Zalmi. Karachi Kings also have a formidable batting line-up with three of their key players Colin Ingram, Babar Azam and Liam Livingstone all featuring among the top-five run-getters in the current season. In fact, South African Ingram has already amassed over 300 runs from 10 matches at an average of 35.66 and a strike-rate of 166.32. The 33-year-old left-hander is the only centurion in the side having made an unbeaten 127 in the match against Quetta Gladiators on February 24 at Sharjah. Meanwhile, right-hand batsman Babar Azam has an aggregate of 293 runs from 10 games at an average of 29.30 while England international Livingstone has collected a total of 291 runs at an average of 32.33.
Karachi Kings’ bowling has been spearheaded by paceman Usman Shinwari who produced a remarkable performance in their one-run win over Quetta Gladiators. He has captured a total of 12 wickets and has led the attack along with the experienced Mohammad Amir who has also claimed a total of 12 wickets each. However, the find of the season for Karachi Kings has been the young fast bowler Umer Khan who has already made a lasting impact in his debut PSL season. The 19-year-old left-arm seamer has already picked-up a total of 13 wickets from his 10 matches and among his victims are A. B. de Villiers, Shoaib Malik and Shane Watson (twice).
The PSL Cricket Match Prediction on the possible outcome of the match is as follows.
This clash between two equally balanced teams should produce some entertaining cricket although Islamabad United will have a slight edge having defeated the same opponents twice earlier in the tournament.