In Karachi, the second phase of HBL PSL 2020 matches begins today with the match between Karachi Kings and Lahore Qalandars at National Stadium.
Multan Sultans take on Peshawar Zalmi on Friday at the same venue. At the same time, the match between Karachi Kings and Islamabad United will play on Saturday and the match between Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators will play on Sunday. On 17 March, the qualifier will perform at the same venue.
The Karachi-Lahore match has gained significance because of last week’s thrilling game in which Lahore Qalandars chased down out a 188-run target for the loss of two wickets to leave Karachi shell-shocked at Gaddafi Stadium. Today match will be Qalandars’ first match at the National Stadium while Kings will appear in their third match.
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Lahore’s remarkable comeback has driven by their player Ben Dunk. Queenslander has scored 257 runs. Dunk is now just nine runs behind the tournament’s leading run-getter Luke Ronchi getting 266 runs in eight matches. Fakhar Zaman and Chris Lynn have been the return to form, is the other positive news for Lahore. Chris Lynn stroked half-centuries against Peshawar Zalmi on Tuesday.
Fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi has been Lahore’s leading wicket-taker with 11 wickets.
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Karachi Kings have relied heavily on Babar Azam and Alex Hales, who has 239 runs and is sixth on the list of leading run-getters. Mohammad Amir is Karachi’s leading wicket-taker with ten wickets.