Karachi Kings vs Quetta Gladiators Preview – Betting Tips, Latest Odds, Team News and Predictions – 23/2/2020
The Karachi Kings go into this match on the back of victory over Peshawar Zalmi. The Quetta Gladiators won their first match of the season against Islamabad United, but were then undone by Zalmi. The Kings look well resourced this year – and are among the favourites in the tournament winner predictions.
The Gladiators are the defending champions and have plenty of weight among some of the best cricket betting tips around. There is a lot of pressure on them to oblige their fans and those backing them for a second title in the latest PSL odds, though.
Karachi Kings vs Quetta Gladiators – Match Preview
Where: National Stadium, Karachi
When: Sunday, 23 February 2020
Pitch conditions: This will be the fourth time in three days the National Stadium will be used for a PSL match. The first three matches produced first-innings scores of 168, 201 and 148. Two of the three results went the way of the team who batted second.
Weather conditions: With no rain predicted and a high of 30 degrees Celsius predicted, the Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators are in for a hot and humid day, especially their overseas stars who are not used to the conditions.
Start Time: 14:30 (IST), 10:00 (GMT)
Karachi Kings vs Quetta Gladiators – Latest Odds
Betway have the Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators priced at 1.67 and 2.10, respectively, to win this match. The Kings beat the Gladiators on both occasions last season, but Quetta still went on to win the title.
Karachi Kings vs Quetta Gladiators – Team News
The Karachi Kings won’t likely change the XI that beat Peshawar Zalmi by 10 runs. Babar Azam and Sharjeel Khan are good openers, while the middle order has captain Imad Wasim, who is well supported by West Indian import Chadwick Walton and South African Cameron Delport.
Delport can also contribute with the ball – and is an early pick for the Player of the Match because of his ability to perform a role in both innings. He was responsible for the key wicket of Kamran Akmal against Zalmi and could be tasked with getting rid of Jason Roy and one or two other danger men this time.
The Gladiators missed Shane Watson for their opening fixture, but he joined for the second and part of a formidable opening partnership with Roy. The Gladiators’ use of two overseas stars to open the batting leaves them with an entirely homegrown middle order, spearheaded by captain Sarfaraz Ahmed.
They opened the bowling with spinner Mohammad Nawaz in the defeat to Zalmi. The moved didn’t work – and they will probably switch it up to Ben Cutting with the new ball alongside Sohail Khan. This is not to say spin won’t be important, though, but later in the innings. Leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed will need to navigate the middle overs well, balancing the need to take wickets with a tight enough economy rate.
Karachi Kings vs Quetta Gladiators – squads
|Imad Wasim (captain)
||Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain)
|| Aarish Ali
Karachi Kings vs Quetta Gladiators – Betting Tips and Prediction
There are several important players who will be instrumental in the outcome of this match. They are chief among the Pakistan Super League betting tips and favourites among many cricket predictions.
Chris Jordan to be top bowler for Karachi Kings
The England seamer has made a habit of performing well for domestic franchises around the world, most recently for the Perth Scorchers in Australia’s Big Bash League. Conditions in Pakistan are vastly different to those experienced in Perth and surrounds, but Jordan’s penchant for clever slower balls and other variations has him priced at 3.00 by Betway to be the top bowler for the Kings.
Gladiators to be team with top batter
It’s not likely that both Roy and Watson will fail. One of them will come off, if not both, boosting the probability that the Gladiators – not the Kings – will have the top batsman in the match. The Gladiators are priced at 2.05 in this market – and can also be bet on at 2.00 to be the team to hit the most sixes. Or you could bet on the Kings to have the top batsman 1.73 and to hit the most sixes at 2.05.
Best Bet: Chris Jordan to be the top bowler for the Kings at 3.00 with Betway