Defending champions Islamabad United to face Lahore Qalandars in do-or-die clash

PSL returns to Karachi after 26 matches in UAE

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Defending champions Islamabad United to face Lahore Qalandars in their do-or-die clash in the ongoing Pakistan Super League 2019 Karachi-leg opener on Saturday as the PSL-4 returns to the city of lights after 26 matches in the United Arab Emirates.

Defending champion United are in an uncertain territory with eight points in nine games, and need a win to qualify for the play-offs for which Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi have already qualified. In the case of a loss, the fate of the United will rest on the results of Qalandars last game against Multan Sultans and the two matches Karachi Kings will play against Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators.

Meanwhile, captain of United Mohammad Sami showed confidence his team can pull-off a win and qualify for the last stages.

“I think this is the right time to peak,” said Sami on Friday as teams started practicing at the refurbished National Stadium in Karachi.

“Maybe players have not done well in the last few matches, but everyone knows that now is the right time to peak and do well in the knock-out games. So, I hope the players will do well in these matches,” said Sami.

Sami hoped that fans will come in large numbers to make the PSL matches succesfull.

On the other hand, Qalandars are once again in the trouble, with six points from their eight matches, and have also lost their key batsman AB de Villiers.

The South African legend injured his back and had to abandon his plans to tour Pakistan for the last two round matches.

A defeat will eliminate them from the league and a similar fate after they ended fifth and last in the first two editions and sixth and last in 2018.