Karachi Kings vs Lahore Qalandars Match Preview – Betting Tips, Latest Odds, Team News and Predictions – 17/3/2020
*Please note that since this match preview was published, the Pakistan Super League has taken the decision to postpone the rest of the 2020 PSL season. They have suggested that the semi-finals and final will be rescheduled in due course.*
The Karachi Kings continue to justify their early tag as tournament favourites by making it through to this semi-final, while the Lahore Qalandars have made it into the final four teams for the first time in the history of the tournament.
The Qalandars impressed during the round-robin stage by beating the defending champions Quetta Gladiators and are pushing hard to to win a maiden title. Many cricket predictions wouldn’t have forecast them to make it this far, but they are now among the best free cricket betting tips to go all the way.
Karachi Kings vs Lahore Qalandars – Match Preview
Where: Gadaffi Stadium, Lahore
When: Tuesday, 17 March 2020
Pitch conditions: This is a good venue for chasing big totals. Prior to Tuesday’s semi-finals, the last three PSL matches here produced first-innings scores of 180-plus. All three were successfully pursued by the team batting second. The Gaddafi Stadium will also be used for Tuesday’s first semi-final – perhaps the same pitch, even.
Weather conditions: Wet weather claimed a few washouts earlier in the tournament, but dry conditions, a high of 27 degrees Celsius and humidity levels of around 50 percent are predicted for Lahore on Tuesday.
Start Time: 19:30 (IST), 14:00 (GMT)
Karachi Kings vs Lahore Qalandars – Latest Odds
The Karachi Kings and Lahore Qalandars are offered at 1.80 and 2.00, respectively, in the latest cricket betting odds from bet365 to win this match. Aside from this outright market, there are also other bets around match handicaps, individual player performances and more.
Karachi Kings vs Lahore Qalandars – Team News
The Kings will be without a major asset in England batsman Alex Hales, who was in fine form before opting out of the rest of the tournament because of the coronavirus threat. Fellow Englishman Chris Jordan and South African Cameron Delport decided to stay – and will be important in combination with the team’s local contingent.
The Qalandars have lost all-rounder David Wiese, who wasn’t part of the initial exiting group, but has since decided to leave. His absence might limit the team’s batting and bowling prospects. Chris Lynn has also left. That said, importantly, they still have Australian Ben Dunk. They have been in great form with the bat. Seamer Haris Rauf hasn’t taken a wicket in his last three PSL matches – and needs to rekindle some of the fine form he enjoyed for the Melbourne Stars in Australia’s Big Bash League earlier this year. Batsmen Abid Ali and Agha Salman, meanwhile, have joined the squad.
Karachi Kings vs Lahore Qalandars – Squads
|Imad Wasim (captain)
||Sohail Akhtar (captain)
Karachi Kings vs Lahore Qalandars – Betting Tips and Prediction
For some cricket betting analysis on the Kings and Qalandars’ head-to-head history, their last four matches show that they have taken it in turns to beat each other. There hasn’t really been an obvious theme of dominance throughout, but the Kings are still the favourites among the best cricket betting tips to win here. The Qalandars have landed several surprises this tournament, though, so can’t be underestimated in cricket predictions for the PSL.
Azam to star for Karachi
Pakistan captain Babar Azam has not been the skipper for the Kings in the 2020 PSL – and has displayed plenty of consistency as a batsman in the tournament. He scored 38 and 69 not out against the Qalandars during the round-robin stage and is priced at 3.00 to be the top batsman for the Kings in this match. For longer odds, you can get West Indian Chadwick Walton in the middle order at 5.50 in the same market.
A century to be scored in the match
While many other overseas stars have left, Dunk has stuck around.He struggled to get into the Lahore XI at the start of the campaign, but has since been a permanent fixture. He has collected a couple of 90s this tournament – and opportunity knocks to finally convert to three figures on Tuesday. A hundred to be scored in the match is priced at 8.50 by bet365 – and Lynn might just be the man to do it.
Best Bet: Babar Azam to be the Karachi Kings’ top batsman at 3.00 with bet365