PSL 2020 awaits with arch-rivals – Lahore Qalandars and Karachi Kings – gearing up to cross swords and grapple for a maiden piece of silverware.
Pakistan Super League has elevated in prestige over the past half-decade, is set to close off this year’s edition with a blockbuster Karachi-Lahore final that few cricketing minds could have foreseen.
PSL 2020 was rollicking along at a terrific pace, earlier in the year, before it came to a screeching standstill courtesy the coronavirus-enforced break.
The Lahore Qalandars have a massive opportunity ahead of them – a win over their arch-rivals not only seals the PSL trophy for them but would also assist in healing the wounds from the previous four editions where they finished rock-bottom on every occasion.
Karachi Kings, on the contrary, squeezed past the group-stage table-toppers, Multan Sultans, to seal a berth in the PSL 2020 final.
They cruised through the run-chase for a large part of their innings before slumping to desperation and eventually holding on to dear life and making it through.
In Alex Hales and Babar Azam, Karachi have two exceptional cricketers at the top of the order. Babar is not only the leading run-scorer in PSL 2020 but also the most prolific batsman in T20s this year with a total of 1179 runs.
Karachi’s bowling attack performed brilliantly against the Sultans but it would be an altogether different challenge against an in-form Lahore Qalandars’ line-up.
Where to watch PSL 2020 in India
Final time: Match begins at 8.30 PM IST.
TV channel: Eurosport
PSL 2020 Pitch and Weather Report: The weather is expected to remain dry and mild during the match with the temperature expected to be around 28 degrees Celsius.
PSL 2020 predicted Playing XIs:
Karachi Kings: Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Alex Hales, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim (C), Chadwick Walton (WK), Sherfane Rutherford, Wayne Parnell, Mohammad Amir, Waqas Maqsood, Arshad Iqbal
Lahore Qalandars: Fakhar Zaman, Tamim Iqbal, Sohail Akhtar (c), Mohammad Hafeez, Ben Dunk (WK), David Weise, Samit Patel, Muhammad Faizan, Dilbar Hussain, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi